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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
Ranked #4 of 89 things to do in Fort Pierce
Certificate of Excellence
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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 July 12, 2014

They have a 10 am feeding which offered a guide that explain the different species of fish and plant life and answered any questions. The aquarium has six aquarium displays and touch tank.Price was $4 for an adult and $3 Children ages(4-17)

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a small museum, but in conjunction with the nearby St. Lucie County Regional History Center, you can spend several pleasant hours. The 2 museums are only A 3minute walk from each other and a combo ticket for the 2 museums is only $5. The highlights of this museum are a touch tank, a mangrove ecosystem, and several reef ecosytems. There are some great tshirts for sale here, somewhat inexpensive, and the change color in the sun...I bought one with sharks. The 2:30 feeding of the fish in many tanks is not tobe missed ... especially the lionfish.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

As a Monterey Bay Aquarium visitor , I can say that I was surprised and delighted that the St. Lucie Aquarium exists ! So important for the children to get the teaching of marine life , that I had to bring my nephews and nieces here to get the sting of discovery in there blood .

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Being a Florida resident most of my life and have been to multiple aquariums (or the like), I found this aquarium very small. And being so small, they could only offer a small amount of things to see. There was staff member there giving a very thorough talk about what was in each display. So the staff are certainly knowledgeable.
I could see this aquarium either being used for school trip or for parents who are looking for some educational fun for their kids. Or if you are visiting from out of town and you are totally unfamiliar with the Florida estuary. Because then I think you would learn something. Do not expect large tanks with large fish (like dolphins, sharks or manatees).

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Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

One of the coolest things about St. Lucie County is the amazing variety of wildlife that are native to this part of Florida. The aquarium is NOT very big, but almost everything in the aquarium is from local waters. The staff members are super friendly, and the displays (including a great touch-tank) are interesting and educational. They have little things for children to do. The aquarium conducts several tours throughout the day, and I would recommend scheduling your visit in such a way that you caught one of them. You're not going to spend all day here, but the aquarium is definitely a fun and educational way to spend an hour or two.

Thank Peter G
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