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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
+1 772-462-3474
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Wonderful for children

We unknowingly went on a free admission day and this tiny place was packed with excited children... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Intrepid9
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St Pete Beach, Fl
Glad we Found this Place

The exhibit was interesting of showing different types of habitats. We enjoyed looking for them... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Penny L
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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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420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We unknowingly went on a free admission day and this tiny place was packed with excited children. It was lovely to see the knowledgeable and friendly staff interact and educate all who came there. The touch tank was the biggest hit. We adults learned a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

2  Thank Penny L
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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

The Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) at Fort Pierce, Florida is a research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida. Research focuses on the Indian River. The aquarium is small the displays meager. They all focus on an ecosystem. There is an interpretation of...More

1  Thank RWHinze
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Reviewed April 26, 2018

All the literature about this place states that they are open on Monday. We arrived on a Monday in a wild rainstorm, braved our way to the door to find out in April, they close on Mondays. Even their telephone message states they are open...More

1  Thank Bobbie7
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

This is a small aqaurium, but it is packed full of educational displays and gorgeous, well-maintained tanks. It has a pretty incredible gift shop as well. Right beside the inlet waterway with a nice shady playground and inlet beach park.

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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

It’s a small aquarium but with young children it’s prefect. It’s not too long and we can see well the marine animals. There’s also a touch the animal supervised section . It’s just beside a little park with an area for children and on the...More

Thank Mawwwie
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this small, inexpensive aquarium. It has a touch tank that my kids could have stayed at all day! They were able to touch star fish, sea cucumbers and other sea life! I would recommend stopping at this aquarium if in the Fort Pierce...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2018

Although i enjoyed the exhibits, I found the aquarium to be very small. The docent was very informative and answered many questions that children that were visiting had. I was there on a Tuesday so was able to enter for free, being a senior citizen....More

Thank Sha-Sha47
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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

As many others have pointed out, this place feels a lot like an over-size fish bowl. Aquariums and tanks are small and stocked with local plant and sea life. Kids will likely enjoy finding Nemo and Dory; and the touch tank with the sea cucumbers,...More

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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

We visited the aquarium on a whim. We were greeted with friendly faces the moment we walked in. We visited on Monday 3/5. Our tour guide was Amber & she explained every eco system to us and it was truly fascinating. We visited with our...More

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Donald F
June 8, 2015|
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Response from Smithsonian Mar... S | Property representative |
Hello Donald, thank you for your interest in visiting the Aquarium! Admission is $3 for seniors (age 55+) and children, and $4 for adults. Children age 3 and under are free. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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