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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
+1 772-242-2293
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Very informativ nice tour.It was very intressting.The tour and entrance is free it takes around an... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
June M
via mobile
Extremely informative and interesting

My wife and I did the 90 minute tour of the facility with Gabby, the visitor facilitator. She took... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
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The Ocean Discovery Visitors Center is a destination where the community can come to learn about the research conducted by the marine scientists, engineers and students at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Since its remodel in January 2017, the center houses five educational exhibits including Marine Drug Discovery, Marine Mammal Research & Conservation, Aquaculture & Stock Enhancement, Marine Ecosystem Health and Ocean Engineering. Visitors are welcome to explore these exhibits on their own or participate in a free 30-45 minute interpretive tour provided by a FAU Harbor Branch Graduate Student. The center also features a video theater, aquaria relevant to research topics, interactive displays, a touch tank, gift shop and student information station. While admission and interpretive tours are free, donations are accepted and contribute to Harbor Branch outreach initiatives. Group visits (10 or more people) are also available and must be reserved in advance.
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5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
+1 772-242-2293
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Very informativ nice tour.It was very intressting.The tour and entrance is free it takes around an hour and dos'nt get boring

Thank June M
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I did the 90 minute tour of the facility with Gabby, the visitor facilitator. She took us around in a stretch golf cart and we were lucky to be the only people on the tour today. The tour is given only on...More

Thank Tagorddi
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We decided to explore the Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center (ODVC) out of curiosity. We had passed by the blue building several times and always wondered what was inside. Upon entering the door, we were greeted by a cheerful volunteer at the information desk who gave...More

Thank Arya_1622
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Our newly minted PhD, Gabby, was our driver for an overflow crowd. Our 4 would not fit on the special 7-passenger (plus driver) golf cart, as there were already 4 others booked. So, they laid in a second cart, manned by an ex-employee who returned...More

Thank FlyingPigMorgan46
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

We had a great time. The tour guide was very informative. He told us about the projects going on at the university and how they are contributing to science and business. He was able to answer our questions even when they went off on a...More

Thank London L
Reviewed 31 August 2017

harbor Branch was recommended by Ft. Pierce visitors center. The price is right, free. Graduate students explain the facility and what positive effects it is making on teh Florida enviroment.

Thank Ralph T
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Visiting the ocean discovery visitor's center at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a great way to learn about marine science being done right here in our own backyard! When you visit the center, you will be given a tour by one of Harbor Branch's very...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Designer clown fish, algae for ice cream, and sponges for medicine? Wanna know more.. You just gotta visit for yourself! Hands down the BEST/FREE Center for Ocean Education on the East Coast.

1  Thank Jaguar45b
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I so enjoyed my visit at Ocean Discovery Center, the guide was a marine biology grad student and was very knowledgeable. The exhibites are top quality, and through the experience I learned of all the great research being conducted at Harbor Branch. What I liked...More

1  Thank Camille O
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The graduate students that are the tour guides are very knowledgeable and informative. Kids as well as adults will enjoy the touch tank. Lots of really neat sea critters to see and touch. It's amazing what this research has done to continue finding new medical...More

1  Thank Barby52
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Mary M
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Response from ferg7645 | Reviewed this property |
PLUS! On the first Wednesday of every month, we will host a Harbor Branch overview tour to provide guests with a general understanding of all that Harbor Branch encompasses. Found this: TOUR PRICES: General Overview... More