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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, Stuart

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Embark on a long nature walk through the mangroves of Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, where you'll discover over 4,300 species of plants and animals. This 23 hectare (57 acre) marine life center is home to the Florida Oceanographic Society, comprised of a team of volunteers dedicated to promoting healthy coastal ecosystems through research, restoration, and visitor education. The center offers two lengths of nature walks, where you'll have the chance to see several species of fish, sharks, turtles, and pet stingrays. The fascinating riverside center protects 36 rare and endangered species. Put Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and other Stuart attractions into our Stuart vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We had a great morning here. I expected to only spend an hour or so, but ending up grabbing sandwiches from the Publix next door, having a picnic, and spending the day. My kids loved feeding the sting...  more »
  • Can be enjoyed by all ages, this has a lot to offer families, as well as adults. The trails are wonderful as is the ray feeding areas.  more »
  • We took 70 4th grade students here for a field trip. The kids loved every minute of it. The lagoon was beautiful and the students loved seeing all the sharks swimming around. The staff are very knowle...  more »
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  • Beautiful lagoon setting (750,000 gallons) with a broad selection of local fish and wildlife. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 3-12 (under 3 = free). The staff call all the marine life 'ambassadors' because they are representatives who are there to teach us about the local marine life. There are sea turtles, nurse sharks, tarpon, cobia, pompano, snapper, sheepshead, spade fish and more. There are three types of native rays in a touch tank, and a one-mile trail walk through the mangrove swamp to the Indian River Lagoon. Lots to see and learn. Great experience for the whole family.
  • What a wonderful facility. We had a morning homeschool group visit here and the staff were so friendly and engaging with the kids. The kids really enjoyed the different stations and discussions about the marine animals and learning about our Florida waterways and preserving the precious Indian River Lagoon! My son especially enjoyed the fish area and watching the feeding! I highly recommend a visit here, it's well priced and keep the kids (and parents) entertained for a few hours.
  • This is an excellent sea life rescue that allows the public to get up close. The sea turtles were loved by my kids.
  • Great place to visit with the kids if you are into wild life and learning about sea life. Not real big so you can't really make a day of it but it's fun and educational. Being a vegan I wasn't thrilled about the caged and captive wildlife but they seemed cared for wgen we were there. I prefer a sanctuary but it was a nice learning experience for the kids.
  • Really cool place to see, staff were all very knowledgeable and very nice. Several tanks full of interesting sea life plus a very long and very interesting nature walk.

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