St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms interacting in their environment. At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. The largest aquarium is a model of a Caribbean coral reef. Other displays include living models of seagrass, mangrove, estuarine and nearshore habitats, as well as a deepwater Oculina coral reef. There are several smaller aquarium displays and a touch tank where you can meet some of our local sea creatures. Feeding Frenzy tours daily at 10:30am and Snack Time tours daily at 2:30pm. Behind-the-Scenes tour Saturday at 2:00pm.
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Rcairjam-Rhonda
Fort Pierce, FL152 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
We took our Grandchildren there yesterday and it was fantastic. They had so much fun looking at all the marine species, we loved the jellyfish and the Seahorses. They learned a lot and was very inexpensive. We then got to go next door and look at all the history and Indians in Fort Pierce Fl and the kids got to do a treasure hunt, very fun time
Written July 25, 2021
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LenEvanston
Naperville, IL562 contributions
Apr 2022
This may be a small aquarium, but it is compact with educational opportunities. It is very interactive. If you are going in the afternoon, the fish feeding occurs between 3-4pm.
The admission fee is about $4.00. Well worth it!
The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.
Written April 3, 2022
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wendy l
20 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
For such a small facility, it was loaded with regional ocean life and excellent detailed information about it. Our favorites were the coral exhibit, finding specific fish or crustaceans in the numerous tanks, touch tank & the underwater sounds display. I would not recommend for smaller children with short attention spans as it exhibits are geared toward education rather than just watching (like a zoo).
Written February 13, 2020
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jp250
Hollister, MO26 contributions
Jan 2020
We were in the area on a rainy day and decided to go check out both the aquarium and history museum (they are about 200 yards apart). The aquarium was good and is worth the time and they have great docents. The historical museum was interesting but we had to leave after 15-20 minutes due to a reaction my wife had to what we think was mold.
Written February 6, 2020
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Noeljan52
North Palm Beach, FL39 contributions
Jun 2021
Great for children, with step stools to give them a closer look. Be sure to be there for the fish feeding at 10.30 a.m. Very informative. Hands on tank where you can touch sea cucumbers and horse shoe crabs. The staff very helpful and informed.
Written June 12, 2021
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Assign_It
Freehold, NJ13 contributions
May 2011
We went to visit family in Vero Beach and decided to stay inHutchinson Island, near Fort Pierce and see what was in the area. Noticed the name "Smithsonian" on a building as we headed for the bridge and stopped in thinking to pass a couple minutes in tourist mode. Small fee, $3 each, I think and were giggling how that was costly for the five minutes we thought we'd spend in there. Forty minutes later (WOW), we'd enjoyed the live reef, feedings in three tanks, touch & play with the sea life. and the staff was informative and related to everyone on a personal level so we each got the most from our experience. It was a fabulous, unexpected find!
Written June 15, 2011
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michigan193
Riverview, MI321 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
This is a small museum, but in conjunction with the nearby St. Lucie County Regional History Center, you can spend several pleasant hours. The 2 museums are only A 3minute walk from each other and a combo ticket for the 2 museums is only $5. The highlights of this museum are a touch tank, a mangrove ecosystem, and several reef ecosytems. There are some great tshirts for sale here, somewhat inexpensive, and the change color in the sun...I bought one with sharks. The 2:30 feeding of the fish in many tanks is not tobe missed ... especially the lionfish.
Written May 15, 2014
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businka350
Fort Pierce, FL47 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Little, but interesting! Many new things and creatures, a lot of fun for kids! There is an under the scene tour twice a day. The price is reasonable.
Written June 8, 2019
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Penny L
60 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
The exhibit was interesting of showing different types of habitats. We enjoyed looking for them, watching the feedings and moving around in the tanks. The staff was very informative, friendly and had behind seen information of what they do there.
Time allotment is hour or as long as you want and admission fee is low. If you have children I would take them, very educational.
Written May 25, 2018
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Samijojo7037
Wyoming, MI69 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
We loved it here it is small but has so much to see it was never to busy and there was beautiful scenery outside the building as well we walked the path to the docks and seen fish and little jelly fish . We had our 9 month old and she loved it
Written January 21, 2018
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