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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
+1 772-242-2293
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Amazing research!

We took our 12 yr. old granddaughter to Harbor Branch Visitor Center. An interesting docent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
1stvisittoSpain
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Vero Beach, Florida
Recent Visit to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

What a great venue to learn more about all the new technology that is helping our planet. The new... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Ocean Discovery Visitors Center is a destination where the community can come to learn about the research conducted by the marine scientists, engineers and students at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Since its remodel in January 2017, the center houses five educational exhibits including Marine Drug Discovery, Marine Mammal Research & Conservation, Aquaculture & Stock Enhancement, Marine Ecosystem Health and Ocean Engineering. Visitors are welcome to explore these exhibits on their own or participate in a free 30-45 minute interpretive tour provided by a FAU Harbor Branch Graduate Student. The center also features a video theater, aquaria relevant to research topics, interactive displays, a touch tank, gift shop and student information station. While admission and interpretive tours are free, donations are accepted and contribute to Harbor Branch outreach initiatives. Group visits (10 or more people) are also available and must be reserved in advance.
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5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We took our 12 yr. old granddaughter to Harbor Branch Visitor Center. An interesting docent explained the diverse research being conducted at this facility and it is nothing short of amazing. Conveniently located between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, Harbor Branch is working on a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great venue to learn more about all the new technology that is helping our planet. The new exhibitions are absolutely great and the tour guides are highly informed! I absolutely recommend this as a place to visit if you are someone who enjoys...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This out of the way stop was surprisingly interesting and informative. A graduate student from the institute was our docent and he was so helpful in sharing the many projects underway at this facility. Everyone was very friendly and we learned a lot. Next time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see for anyone who enjoys the oceans , seas, rivers & all of its creatures. They do so much great incredible research here. Very informative. It’s free but donations are accepted. Our tour guide Madeline was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend stopping here...More

Thank Stacey M
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

We went on the Wednesday tour with Gabby. She was an excellent guide and we learned so much about the program there and the future possibilities that the ocean offers. This tour was a small group (6) on a golf cart and we were encouraged...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

The high season was over, so my friend and I got personalized tour of the FAU campus with Harbor Branch cheerleader (aka, outreach director) Gabby. She was super informed, a Ph.D. herself, and someone who clearly knows the ins and outs of the work being...More

Thank deemo8
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Reviewed May 10, 2018

Unbelievable exhibits and tour for free, PLEASE leave a donation. Wonderful personal tour by Brandon McHenry. Very informative and able to answer all questions about life & research in the Indian River and beyond. There was film clips. Aquaculture, research equipment, etc. Was surprised by...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Outstanding. First off, the guide, Madeline, is a well educated, engaging educator who exudes passion for the subject matter. Gives thorough discussion that is concise and translate sophisticated marine biology to the vernacular. I am not a “Green” person but what they’re doing at HBOI...More

Thank David Y
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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

We just visited HBOI and were thoroughly impressed. Our guide, Madeline, was incredible and provided us with a wealth of information about the Indian River Lagoon, research of marine biology, ecology and exploration! Highly recommended !

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Reviewed March 8, 2018

The Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center, located on Route 1 heading north from Ft. Pierce, is the visitors center for Florida Atlantic University - Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research and academic center devoted to studying the biology and biochemistry of the ocean and ocean...More

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PLUS! On the first Wednesday of every month, we will host a Harbor Branch overview tour to provide guests with a general understanding of all that Harbor Branch encompasses. Found this: TOUR PRICES: General Overview... More
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