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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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Address: 420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
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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This is definitely not the Boston Aquarium or any other big aquarium, but we are so lucky to have this little educational aquarium so close by. It would be such a treat for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely not the Boston Aquarium or any other big aquarium, but we are so lucky to have this little educational aquarium so close by. It would be such a treat for youngsters but educational and informative for older individuals as well. There are interactive stations, a hands-on station and many tanks and exhibits to check out. So glad... More 

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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was not expensive and my son had a great tome here. Very educational about the different areas in Florida. The staff was very helpful. My son really liked looking through the microscopes and also liked the shrimp cleaning his fingers. I was also able to get my wife's wheelchair around everywhere without any issues.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

We enjoyed our visit to the St Lcie County aquarium. Three generations all enjoyed our time together at the aquarium! The employees and volunteers were so friendly and knowledgeable! Great way to spend time with family.

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Our women's club recently visited the St. Lucie County Aquarium and went on one of the feeding tours led by a Smithsonian employee. Everyone Loved It! I had been their previously but never for a feeding tour. Our guide was so informative and impressed us all. I will definitely go back. It would be a wonderful place to take your... More 

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Hammond, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Very small, but staff very friendly and answered our questions. My teenage son and I went while there visiting friends. Very nice displays

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

We went with a teen and three small little girls. Everyone had a great time. Is very small ( a few hours visit) but educational and fun. We really enjoyed very much our visit.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

The facility is not large but it is so nice and calming. The display tanks are filled with beautiful local fish and there is information about what is in the tanks. It is a wonderful place to visit because it is peaceful. The staff and volunteers were very friendly.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We went with our two grandsons 8 and 6 years old. Both are very interested in marine science. They had a wonderful time. The staff answered all their question, and there were many. The largest part of the sea life came from the local area. This is not a slick attraction. This has the feel of a real working lab.

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Hollywood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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 July 16, 2016

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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