Ostego Bay Marine Science Center

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, Fort Myers Beach: Hours, Address, Ostego Bay Marine Science Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Educational sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center located at 718 Fisherman's Wharf on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fl. For 26 years, the Center provides a Marine Science Experience through interactive exhibits, aquariums, touch tank, one of kind collections and unique displays. Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with both guided and self-guided tours. A donation of $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for children over 6 years of age is suggested. Always FREE for Foundation Members. Call for feeding times, it's an opportunity to see many of our reclusive marine specimens that come out of hiding for lunch. Touch a starfish, put your head in the mouth of a shark, see how sea turtles hatch, and much more. Open by appointment only July 12 through July 28th as we are hosting our annual Children's Summer Camp.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Sara
7 contributions
Great experience and very informative!
Jun 2021 • Friends
Small non profit marina science center. Great displays and a few aquariums and a touch tank. Very informative! Great activity you can do in less than a few hours. They also offer a guided gulf coast shrimping tour. Call ahead of time to see what time they are feeding that day!
Written June 11, 2021
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rwetherhold
Amherst, NY22 contributions
a tiny little museum tucking into a commercial area; worth going!
Apr 2021
It's a bit hard to fin this museum, but it's worthwhile. The only drawback might be that you have to get into the going-to-FMB traffic, which is annoying (don't worry, you exit on San Carlos island).
There are many interesting things to see, and even a tank where you can see horseshoe crabs & such up close and personal.
I would say that it may be time for the staff to start re-writing signs, re-mounting exhibits, etc to keep things looking up to date. On the other hand, this is a volunteer-run place, so maybe I'm asking too much.
Written April 6, 2021
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Diane S
Marco Island, FL16 contributions
New found facts on shrimping in the gulf
Mar 2021
Extremely informed staff, great tour. A morning well spent accompanied with a fascinating tour of the shrimp docks and all that happen in this vital industry.
Written March 14, 2021
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Dawn R
Bartlett, IL39 contributions
Interesting and Informative Working Waterfront Tour
Feb 2021
The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center's Working Waterfront Tour was interesting and informative. It started out with an hour long talk with a Q and A and the end and a film about shrimp boats and their operation. The two docents were extremely knowledgeable concerning everything about shrimping. After that we drove to the docks and split up into 2 groups: 1 group toured the shrimp docks and facilities and the other explored the flora and fauna of the area, then they switched.
The 2 concerns are that one presented had a walking mic and the other did not which made her difficult to hear. Also, she did not wear a mask.
Written February 27, 2021
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Bluerules
4 contributions
Amazing experience
Feb 2021 • Family
Live water tank with horseshoe crab, sting ray, fish, shrimp, what a great experience! The microscope was a huge bonus and prepared slides and shells were great from novice to scientist. Small but plenty to keep interest for several hours. Easy free parking. A must see. We will be back!!
Written February 19, 2021
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Wendy G
4 contributions
Very educational for adults too
Feb 2021 • Friends
We toured the shrimping industry, the boats, the process, the scene behind the scene. Never will I eat imported shrimp again! The science center was also extremely interesting. Not just for kids! If you like marine life, this is well worth your donation to a worthy non-profit cause
Written February 11, 2021
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Bluemermaid25
Chicago, IL538 contributions
Learn about the ocean life in this area
Jan 2021 • Solo
This is a worthwhile stop to take a little break from the beach. I only found it because I rode my bike past it. Inside is bigger than it looks. Learn about dolphins, manatees, swordfish, stingrays, sea turtles, and more, with a touch tank, aquarium tanks, and skeletons and such. The feeding usually happens around noonish. I also learned a lot about all the seashells that I’ve been collecting!
Written January 26, 2021
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BR21
Lexington, KY2 contributions
Great tour of the working shrimp wharf
Jan 2021 • Couples
My family and I went on the working waterfront tour. Enjoyable and fun learning about the area shrimp industry. An enlightening, behind the scenes look at the workings of the shrimp operation.
Written January 20, 2021
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countrygirl35
Columbia, MO19 contributions
Hidden Gem
Oct 2020
This is such a fantastic neat place. My husband and I went in October of 2020 and I'm just now posting my review but I wanted to make sure that I let everyone know what a great place this is. We had so much fun learning about all the different animals, watching them being fed, the touch tank....it was awesome! Everyone there was so friendly. We are hoping to go back for the waterfront tour on our next trip to Florida! Don't miss the opportunity to check this place out. And after you visit you can pop over to Doc Ford's for a great meal right on the water.
Written January 17, 2021
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ekezelis
Springfield, IL4 contributions
Great Wednesday morn8ng tours
Oct 2020
Volunteer tour guides are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about Gulf Coast ecosystem and the shrimp industry. Touring the docks where shrimp is unloaded and weighed, where nets are repaired, etc. makes you realize that there’s tremendous hard work involved in getting that delicious Gulf pink shrimp to your plate.
Written October 21, 2020
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Ostego Bay Marine Science Center is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM