We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Cheap, Interactive, Informative”

St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
Ranked #4 of 89 things to do in Fort Pierce
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Went with my 4yr old nephew and we both really enjoyed our time here. They have an area to touch marine life, large floor to ceiling tank to identify and search for the listed fish and plants, a dark tank containing deep sea fish with provided red flashlights to shine into the tank to view, microscopes set up to see what shells, mosquitoes, etc look like up close, and all the local fish. Employees and volunteers were nice and were able to answer all or any questions. It's small but perfect if you need a fun indoor activity to beat the heat.

Thank M G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (183)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

152 - 156 of 183 reviews

Reviewed June 12, 2013

Not too many tanks to view. Can get crowded as facility is not very large. Good thing to do on a cloudy day.

Thank Micheled7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

By most aquarium standards, this place is tiny - but it's important to recognize that it is devoted exclusively to the study of the local aquatic ecosystem. The exhibits surround a laboratory and research appears to be ongoing. There is a tremendous emphasis on education with great effort put into engaging kids. A great facility for school age children (particularly locals) to learn about the ocean around them but perhaps not particularly dramatic or exciting for the casual visitor.

Thank MysteriousIslander
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We got to the aquarium at feeding time and were given a tour where our guide told us many interesting facts. I enjoyed it a lot, but it was a bit crowded and hard to see what the guide was talking about until the crowd moved ahead. It would be best to go at a less crowded time.

Thank culvertd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Don't go expecting to see big wonderful aquariums. It might be a good place to kill and hour but not really worth the trip in itself. There was one big aquarium in the front. I suggest see that and leave before you have to pay the $4 to see 6 or 7 other small tanks.

1  Thank LyLu907
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit also viewed

 

Been to St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing