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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

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Address: 890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-1627
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+1 772-225-0505
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center...

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs to people of all ages and conducts research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems.


Join us in our mission "to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy” today.

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Fun and educational

This place is great for a relaxing few hours to learn about the impact fishes and other creatures and plants have on our environment. The entrance fee includes a visit to the... read more

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is great for a relaxing few hours to learn about the impact fishes and other creatures and plants have on our environment. The entrance fee includes a visit to the site which is mostly outdoors, with the main attraction being the fenced in lagoon type tank with several types of fishes and tortoises. There is also a feeding... More 

Thank Luvsviolet
Scarsdale, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great place to bring learners of all ages. Kids especially like the exhibits, touch tank for stingrays, sea turtles and the large outdoor fish lagoon. Adults can learn about how the scientific and educational staff are working to protect our marine environment and waterways. The nature trail in the back leads to the Indian River Lagoon and... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My parents (early 70s) and my girlfriend and I (late 30s) visited recently during an overcast afternoon. We loved it! We were as thrilled as the visiting school kids to feed some of the stingrays, get up close with sea turtles, etc. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. A great way to take in some of the local "color"... More 

Thank dubaris
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everything is pristine and beautiful at this center. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and answer all questions with patience and kindness. Petting and feeding the stingrays was such a good time and the fish in the lagoon are absolutely beautiful and HUGE(they're eating real good obviously). Nice little nature trails that lead to Indian River Lagoon or something or other,... More 

Thank Janelle R
Trumbull, Connecticut
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Feed the rays, get lectured about turtles and then watch a feeding of the lagoon fish. Sharks rule. Then, take the nature walk. We bring all our friends there and never tire of the place.

Thank ghentjr
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an interesting time! I bought it on a whim on Groupon and was I thrilled I did! We've been telling every one we know about it. It's fun, educational, and great for all ages. There are many activities geared for the youngsters! We had no children with us and we were not bored for one moment. It was so... More 

Thank New2Sunshine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time. Dale at the stingray tank made the experience fun and informative. This would be good for all ages and groups. Bring bug spray if you are going to take the nature walk!

Thank David C
Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ground were just beautiful, staff was great, very nice and helpful. The kids that were there especially had a good time. They have a lagoon with fish, sharks and a separate area for turtles. They have a touch tank and a sting ray presentation. They let everyone feel the sting rays which was cool. A really great place for... More 

Thank Elter26
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite part of the coastal center was having the rays eat fish out of my hand. Be sure not to miss this activity. The day we were there, a retired pediatrician from Pennsylvania served as the docent for both the ray feeding and the turtle talk, conveying a lot of good information about the sea life in a way... More 

Thank Amy G
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Antique vehicles, artifacts, and art collection very good. Building attractive and purpose built. Good gift shop and ample parking.

Thank Marvin G

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