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Ostego Bay Marine Science Center

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Address: 718 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2204
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(239) 765-8101
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Do you know the difference between black, white, and pink shrimp? Want to learn about the industry? In addition, want to learn a bit about this coastal area and its critters... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Engigeek
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Somerset, New Jersey
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477 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you like Science, even a little bit, you will like this place. The Center is small, but it is very educational, and you can easily spend an hour or two here learning a lot about Shells, Stingrays, Local Water-Life, Rare Bones, and even the Pirate History in this area. The place is not a fancy Museum, but it is... More 

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99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Do you know the difference between black, white, and pink shrimp? Want to learn about the industry? In addition, want to learn a bit about this coastal area and its critters? Then this is well worth a couple of hours of your time! The guides know their stuff. They are pleasant and informative. Toured last year with my wife. Thought... More 

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1 Thank Engigeek
Big Rapids, Michigan
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We liked this tour so much last year, we brought my brother & sister-in-law this year. They are a bit chatty at times, but are so passionate about their work. They give a great tour and so much information.

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1 Thank mimidiner
Moville, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The volunteers conducting this tour were extremely knowledgeable about industry on the waterfront--shrimping in particular. The tour gave us a better understanding of the work involved to bring us fresh pink shrimp from the Gulf. I highly recommend this tour to others.

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2 Thank pclark2017
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This little science center is tucked away under the bridge that leads from Fort Myers Beach to San Carlos Island, but is worth the trip if you love science and animals. There is a $5 donation suggested, which is very minimal. They have a small touch tank with sting rays, horseshoe crabs, fluke, whelk, and starfish. The attendant was very... More 

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Canastota, New York
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

First we took the walking tour of the San Carlos Island Fishing Fleet that is sponsored by the Science Center. Our leader, Joann, was knowledgeable about the shrimp industry there. From a short film to a walk which took us inside the processing areas of the fisheries, this was a behind-the-scenes look at shrimp fishing. After the walk we were... More 

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1 Thank loghomepat2014
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

A small and modest museum almost like a storefront but very informative and interactive for kids with a small pool of sea critters to view up close. Definitely not high-tech, kind of a throwback, but good for a rainy day. Big on heart...20-30 minutes will cover it unless your kids get really involved in something.

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1 Thank Judy M
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I hope you are lucky enough to have Marilyn as your curator! Her love of the sea and its inhabitants is infectious. Do call ahead for hours, as this center is operated by volunteers. Our grandsons thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. I highly recommend visiting, and we are sure to return.

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Thank mimiandboys
West Jefferson
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We took our 8 year old to the center because she had to write a report to have her absences for vacation excused. She enjoyed the hands on features of the center. The exhibits are nice as well. Glad we went there.

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Thank Hikingmom76
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Needs updating.....saw a few creatures I've never seen before. Staff was nice. Probably wouldn't visit again. Kids were disappointed.

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Thank Ginny E

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