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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
+1 772-462-3474
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Small but interesting

It’s a small aquarium but with young children it’s prefect. It’s not too long and we can see well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mawwwie
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Kuujjuaq, Canada
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Fun family activity

We enjoyed this small, inexpensive aquarium. It has a touch tank that my kids could have stayed at... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
hlautens
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Negaunee, Michigan
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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.
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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“touch tank” (40 reviews)
“local fish” (7 reviews)
Closes in 8 min
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
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+1 772-462-3474
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s a small aquarium but with young children it’s prefect. It’s not too long and we can see well the marine animals. There’s also a touch the animal supervised section . It’s just beside a little park with an area for children and on the...More

Thank Mawwwie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this small, inexpensive aquarium. It has a touch tank that my kids could have stayed at all day! They were able to touch star fish, sea cucumbers and other sea life! I would recommend stopping at this aquarium if in the Fort Pierce...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although i enjoyed the exhibits, I found the aquarium to be very small. The docent was very informative and answered many questions that children that were visiting had. I was there on a Tuesday so was able to enter for free, being a senior citizen....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As many others have pointed out, this place feels a lot like an over-size fish bowl. Aquariums and tanks are small and stocked with local plant and sea life. Kids will likely enjoy finding Nemo and Dory; and the touch tank with the sea cucumbers,...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We visited the aquarium on a whim. We were greeted with friendly faces the moment we walked in. We visited on Monday 3/5. Our tour guide was Amber & she explained every eco system to us and it was truly fascinating. We visited with our...More

Thank capemayqueen
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

This aquarium is small but there is a lot packed in. There is a touch area where you can touch various see animals such as sea cucumber, anenomes etc. The staff were excellent, very knowledgeable. A great place for families.

Thank Carla J
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The staff is very nice and interesting, but it is small for an aquarium. They are about to open the renovated coral reef display, which should make it better.

Thank SPRINGS2013
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

I love to go to this park to fish when staying in the area. Pretty setting, huge variety of fish come in through the Ft. Pierce inlet which borders the park where the aquarium is located. Never know what kind of fish you may latch...More

Thank Marlin M
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

had to waste time and saw this place at a budget not bad it was small but for $5.00 not really gonna complain.

Thank casey j
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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Kids had a great 2 hour visit and we adults enjoyed the experience. Staff are really dedicated and welcoming.

Thank ddv0313
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Donald F
8 June 2015|
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Response from Smithsonian Mar... S | Property representative |
Hello Donald, thank you for your interest in visiting the Aquarium! Admission is $3 for seniors (age 55+) and children, and $4 for adults. Children age 3 and under are free. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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