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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

#4 of 89 things to do in Fort Pierce Features Animals
420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
+1 772-462-3474
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Cool and cheap

It's not some big aquarium but it's cool filled with local sea life. Also good information and kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert S
Grants Pass, Oregon
via mobile
Small but so informative, hands on, great learning experience

Loved this - small but great learning experience with hands on exhibits, touching tank with so much... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3138
+1 772-462-3474
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not some big aquarium but it's cool filled with local sea life. Also good information and kids loved it! I believe it's no entrance fee on Tuesday so that was a plus!

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this - small but great learning experience with hands on exhibits, touching tank with so much to see and touch. We also arrived prior to 10:30 am when the feeding frenzy occurs, they discuss the different tanks and its inhabitants and then you see...More

Thank froggie93
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Twice a day there are guided tours during feeding time. That is the time to go. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly answering all of our questions. This aquarium is small but so is the price ($3 for children and seniors, $4 for adults).

Thank Kerry B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get insight on what is in the water that we swim and boat in. What's below the surface and how it lives and multiplies. It only takes about a half hour to an hour to walk thru and gain some knowledge on what is...More

Thank billhambor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quality aquarium and staff. Lots of interesting and interactive displays to keep you and the kids busy for an hour or so.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot to see and some hands on things that young children enjoy doing and keeps them interested in sea life

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We take our granddaughter here when she visits. Lots of interactive displays and much to be learned about the ocean and its creatures. There is also a kids play area and a beach adjoining.

Thank dmbroadley
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This place is small but definitely worth it. Only $4 to get in. We happened to come in right at feeding time and were given a tour as certain animals were fed. The fish were beautiful and make sure to see the box fish. The...More

Thank Amber R
Reviewed 29 May 2017

I went with my 91 year old mother and some of the presentations were too quiet for her to hear. The volunteers were very helpful and talked one on one with her and showed and explained the exhibits to her.

Thank jimbofly
Reviewed 25 April 2017 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....More

Thank Michael H
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Donald F
8 June 2015|
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Response from Smithsonian Mar... S | Property representative |
Hello Donald, thank you for your interest in visiting the Aquarium! Admission is $3 for seniors (age 55+) and children, and $4 for adults. Children age 3 and under are free. We look forward to seeing you soon!