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“Interesting And educational”

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Welcome to the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center located at 718 Fisherman's Wharf on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fl. For 26 years, the Center provides a Marine Science Experience through interactive exhibits, aquariums, touch tank, one of kind collections and unique displays. Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with both guided and self-guided tours. A donation of $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for children over 6 years of age is suggested. Always FREE for Foundation Members. Call for feeding times, it's an opportunity to see many of our reclusive marine specimens that come out of hiding for lunch. Touch a starfish, put your head in the mouth of a shark, see how sea turtles hatch, and much more. Open by appointment only July 12 through July 28th as we are hosting our annual Children's Summer Camp.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We enjoyed our visit and learned a lot. Staff was super nice and spent a lot of time with our children. Hands on. This is a research center...a great place to learn more about the creatures that live along the coast.

5  Thank RockyMtnGirls4
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I just stopped in to the ostego bay marine science center on my way to the fort myers beach. It was such a gem nestled between the coast guard and some marina restaurants. The staff was very knowledgeable, and gave me a tour of their collections and aquariums. It was fun to feed the stingrays and flounders! If you're looking to learn a little bit more about the beach, ocean, and fort myers natural history then I highly recommend visiting the ostego bay marine science center!

5  Thank Westmantraveler
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Spending a few hours at the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center is well worth your time while visiting Ft Myers Beach. You'll learn not only about the island and Gulf waters, but it's rich pirate history. At the end of your tour you'll walk down Shrimp Boat Lane and get an up close and personal tour of the fleet and all of the things that support them. You'll see how their nets are repaired and walk through their supply store. Finally you'll go behind the scenes and see how they sort and process the local tasty Florida pink shrimp.

11  Thank cwhich5
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

While this is a non-profit organization, which I generally enjoy supporting, I was not pleased with my experience. To begin, when you first walk in, the building is underwhelming, to say the least. It is stuffed full with various shells in different conditions, the newest one is probably 10 years old; it is very crammed and not visually pleasing. Then you are expected to pay a donation, which is understandable, and sign in to a guest book. After which, you'll start your tour. You begin by looking at all the exhibits.. Which took about 1 hour 30 minutes, way too long. The tour was long and dry. When we finally finished the tour we were shown to the touch tank;however, this should be renamed. The tank was open but once our tour guide had handled everything in the tank, rather aggressively I might add, she forced the animals to eat. (after she brought some of them out of the water for quite some time, they were squirming to get back into the water) Then when she was going to move on to feed the fish tanks that are in a dark hallway and look like they haven't been cleaned in a long time, I asked if we would be able to touch the stingrays. The tour guide responded, "we prefer you don't!" This was particularly annoying since the only reason we came was for the stingrays, which had been advertised. Overall, I would not recommend this place to anyone, it was small, cramped, and not anything of interest.. Waste of time.

9  Thank Erin W
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We were very disappointed when we stopped by here. There was a sign on the door stating that during the months of June & July you had to schedule a visit, so we were not able to visit without an "appointment"

10  Thank matsgrls
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