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. To visit Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on your trip to Stuart, use our Stuart driving holiday planner.
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  • We arrived at the centre at 10am, just as it was opening. There is a large car park for the centre. I was using a wheelchair but there was no problem with access to any part of the center. We started ...  more »
  • After visiting the Elliott Museum, we went to lunch, and someone recommended this place. We got to see some sea turtles and learn a lot about the local environment. I was particularly happy to pat som...  more »
  • We arrived just before 11am, which was perfect because that is when the Sea Turtle Program starts! We went to all three programs, and on the hour nature trail walk (with a guide who taught about the f...  more »
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  • I think that for a small-time oceanographic kind of place, that they do all right. Their main attraction is when you get to pet all of the Stingrays and feed them afterwards as well with some shrimp and fish. The young lady who did the presentation in my opinion, was smart and as fun as she could be in her area without overdoing it. As far as the station next to it where you can touch some other sea life like sea cucumbers and such, that was cutely put together as well. However as far as their nature trails, they were good for the most part but some of it looked like they hadn't been keeping it clean and in use, as some of it was broken down and we were unable to venture into other parts of it. Overall it was an enjoyable experience if you're looking for something small to do with the family for maybe an hour or two, obviously it does not touch near what other centers might have the ability to do for you, but with the tools and resources they have available locally, I think they did a pretty good job.
  • So much fun! I highly recommend a visit. Great for the family or even just adults. Im 23 and my friend and I both loved it...spent about 3 hrs. The staff is super friendly...lots of cool animals to see. I suggest going during the feeding schedules. You get to see some cool activity and the staff also presents lots of cool information. Plus you are giving back to the center through your time and money...all the animals in the center have been hurt and brought in to heal and live out the best lives they can... well taken care of too:)
  • They had very informative workers. And a place for the kids to be able to touch some of the animals, including stingrays. They had one water fountain inside. It was a very fun and informative family trip. But if you go out there or not day you may not want to stay there for hours. Or you may want to stay in the inside part which is very well air-conditioned.
  • It was incredible! Being able to feed the sting rays and seeing all the other sea life they have housed here was amazing. The staff was very knowledgeable about all the animals there. Additionally, they were very passionate about, not only the sea life, but the conservation and environmental education and preservation of marine life habitats. Highly recommended!
  • Great place for a family day, a date, or just a day out. Volunteer ran. Big lagoon with nurse sharks, sea turtles, and fish. You can pet the stingrays in there great stingray tank. There is a touch tank center, with horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and urchins. A play and learning outdoor area for the kids and a butterfly garden. Gift shop is reasonably priced. Wonderful place with a mission to protect sealife.
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