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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, Stuart

(4.5/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • What an interesting time! I bought it on a whim on Groupon and was I thrilled I did! We've been telling every one we know about it. It's fun, educational, and great for all ages. There are many activi...  more »
  • We had a great time. Dale at the stingray tank made the experience fun and informative. This would be good for all ages and groups. Bring bug spray if you are going to take the nature walk!  more »
  • The ground were just beautiful, staff was great, very nice and helpful. The kids that were there especially had a good time. They have a lagoon with fish, sharks and a separate area for turtles. They ...  more »
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers. Great to teach adults and kids alike about the unique ecosystem here and raise awareness of environmental issues. Recommend it highly.
  • A nice place to visit for a couple of hours or so. The visitors center has tanks of sea life, microscopes, and a gift shop. Outside there is a small stingray pool where you can touch the stingrays and a small touch tank with hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, and urchins. We saw the fish feeding presentation but missed the sea turtles. We walked the longer of two trails, the one that takes you out to the river. The trail is nice with decking and bridges and signage throughout. My only disappointment was the lack of excitement from the staff. The volunteers didn't seem very confident in their knowledge and the actual staff seemed bored but everyone was nice. It's a small operation so don't expect to make a day out of it.
  • We had not been back to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for over 11 years. We used to live locally and had moved in 2005. We had gone quite often and whenever we had visitors. So, my mother and I decided to take my daughter who is 8 and niece who is 4 there on Sunday, July 24th 2016 and we got there right when they opened. They have really improved the inside and outside. We were impressed with the changes. They did have some areas they could improve like broken slides where the microscope area was and better quality microscopes. The sound booth was awesome, kids and adults were using it. All of the employees and volunteers were very helpful and answered all of our questions and those of the children. They have daily events, like the Stingray Feeding and Educational Program, the Turtle Educational Program, etc then they have special events like Nighttime Sea Turtle Walk, Adopt a Beach Cleanup and numerous volunteering events. The Lagoon area and Sea Turtle Pavilion were new to us. The staff were so wonderful, answering all of our questions. Then they started talking to the children and telling them things about the sea animals they were seeing. We left earlier than anticipated due to a storm. However, we would so come back. It is worth it. They have really improved the center and I want to be able to walk the paths like I have in the past and see how much more they improved. This is a great place, check out their web site and go there.
  • Great for kids. Educational and fun. Can pet and feed stingrays, pet other animals. It is not just an aquarium, they help the environment and area ecosystem too. They will answer all your questions
  • A fantastic, fun and educational spot. Feed the stingrays, watch shark feedings, learn about sea turtles, great touch tanks and knowledgeable guides. An enjoyable place to spend a few hours learning about sea life.