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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, Stuart

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Wildlife Area
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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  • I've taken my grandson here a couple times. We always enjoy it! The volunteers are so good with children. So fun to be able to touch the sea creatures!  more »
  • We have been visiting the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for many years. Last year we came in June and we were able to partake in the turtle nesting walk. This is such a treat! We have preteens ...  more »
  • Staff is wonderful...a woman in front was beyond kind (her name was Joyce)...my 9 year old grandson just loved it...so did his grandmother.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to visit with young kids (or those interested in ocean life). Clean, easy to find, and the center's website outlines the programs available and the entree costs. During our visit we were able to pet the stingrays AND feed them (very cool)! Dr. Jerry was the presenter - he is a great speaker and clearly educated on the subject (he's also wonderful with squirmy kids). If we are in the area again we will return.
  • We had a nice time here. Knowledgeable staff and interesting exhibits. We enjoyed feeding the sting rays.