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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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Address: 420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
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+1 772-462-3474
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms...

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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Small but special

Wonderful small aquarium. Learned about another Florida reef that sits in 200-300 feet of water that is found only in Florida. Which has been destroyed by commercial net fishing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Deltona, Florida
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Deltona, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful small aquarium. Learned about another Florida reef that sits in 200-300 feet of water that is found only in Florida. Which has been destroyed by commercial net fishing but now is making a comeback since the area is closed to that type of fishing. If in the area and have an hour to spare a must visit, if you... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This facility is very nice fir younger kids as they are very instructional in their approach and are geared to explain what they have. A nice place for an outing with younger children and adults. They have a lot of time fir the kids which is what I wanted for my grandchildren. Nice place to go and very inexpensive

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Thank Allan S
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting small facility with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Would be great for small children. Modest admission price and many free handouts about the marine ecosystem

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Thank JAMES R
Fort Pierce, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great surprise. We thought we were just going to see some displays in their natural habitat. Well, we saw that and a whole lot more. They tour was led by very knowledgeable staff who explained the workings of the various environments, They took us throughout the entire place, including the labs where they conduct tests on the different... More 

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Thank Roy F
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Across the Intracoastal Waterway from downtown Fort Pierce this is a small gem. Very good exhibits of a wide variety of colorful, interesting sea life. Hands on exhibits bring you in contact with some of them. Very helpful, knowledgeable staff. Admission is $4 and $3 for seniors. Open until 4 PM.

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Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We almost passed by when we saw the size of the building; it was raining so we decided to stop in. We were very happy we did because they have a lot of exhibits. The people were very friendly and knowledgeable and overall it was a great way to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon for only $3... More 

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new london, WI
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

my tween daughter loves this place and always learns something. some times you can see baby shark come out of egg

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Sebastian, Florida
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice aquarium with lots of interesting sea life. The touch tank is great for kids. It is much smaller than we anticipated but you can spend a good hour or two here.

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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a great place to go for a one day trip! We visited the aquarium first which is part of the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems. The salt water tanks are just beautiful! They had a volunteer that will tour you around to learn more about our ecosystem. Our 4 year old granddaughter enjoyed the hands on tank. There is a... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We arrived in time for the 10:30 feeding and guided tour. The education specialist who led the tour was excellent - she was very knowledgeable, very pleasant and willingly answered questions - including saying when she did not know something. There are 6 or 7 different fish tanks representing different waters and types of fish life. Interesting, manageably long (about... More 

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