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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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Address: 420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Phone Number: 772-462-3474
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Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms...

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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South Hutchinson Island and Fort Pierce best educational exhibit on Aquatic Ecosystems

This small aquarium can be seen in 30 minutes or more and enhances understanding and appreciation of marine life in the Indian River Lagoon. The touch tank has creatures like Sea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Diane B
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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Hollywood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very small museum with nice sea life. Cheap . There was another museum next to it that we missed. It's ok nothing spectacular except the view outside & park for little kids. It's something to do to break up a beach vacation & entrance fee goes to ocean study & conservation

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small aquarium can be seen in 30 minutes or more and enhances understanding and appreciation of marine life in the Indian River Lagoon. The touch tank has creatures like Sea Hares or Sea Slugs and cleaner shrimp are a bit hit too. Time your visit if possible for the 10:30 and 2:30 feeding tours! Great for children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandson loves this place. He loves any kind of animal or fish and just lives,the touch tank. We could not get him away. Great place to take the grandkids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our two Grandson's on an adventure and went to the aquarium and the Smithsonian Museums. We all had a great time but especially learning about the history of Ft Pierce. The Indians and Ship Wrecks. We had an opportunity to meet a Fantastic gentleman named Jack. A very knowledgeable historian, who taught us all so much about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took our 8 year old grandson and we enjoyed it. Very educational the attendants are very knowledgeable and very friendly. We were there for the afternoon feeding. Not bad for the price. Since we were so close to the beach we made it a day out and went to the beach afterwards.

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took my boys to this aquarium with my parents as part of a Father's Day get together. The facility is not very large but the exhibits are extremely well done. My younger son (10) really liked the touch tank with little shrimp that will clean anything (including your fingers)! The girl who manned the touch tank was very knowledgeable... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

large group of 12 at opening to a clean and helpful place with cool exhibits well worth the price of admission and super kid freindly

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Palm City, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The St Lucie County "Aquarium" is more of marine center with fish tanks and interactive exhibits, but for the price ($4 adults/$3 children) it is a great way to spend a morning! Although the coral reef tanks are beautiful and mesmerizing to watch, this is not just a place for looking - the touch tank is awesome and my sons,... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is not your big, brassy aquarium, but it is well done and has some interesting displays. Great for kids and informative for adults as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

This was an informative little side trip. Very inexpensive and great for kids to learn some history as well as a bit about the marine life. Definitely try to go during a feeding. They will learn a lot. It was cute. Something to do. 2 hours at the most for both museums unless you have older kids that want to... More 

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