Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasAquariums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Situated between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre, marine life nature center offering educational programs to visitors of all ages that teach the importance of environmental stewardship. Guests to the Coastal Center can interact with stingrays and local invertebrate species, attend daily programs that teach about local gamefish, sharks, and sea turtles, and explore the new Ocean EcoCenter, a state-of-the-art facility that includes interactive exhibits and 2,000+ gallons of aquariums. Join us in our mission "to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy” today.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • SueMe1962
    Coral Springs, Florida39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour
    We are a family of seven and we booked a private tour on the day the center was closed. What a great time we had getting to feed the rays and the fish. It is a much bigger place than you realize and you could easily go back and do other things that you didn't get to on the tour so take advantage of the membership they give you with the tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Scott N
    Seven Points, Texas37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Education and wonderful things to see!!
    We had a day with nothing planned. Looked around the area and found this gem. What an exciting and educational afternoon. We learned a lot about the Florida’s coastal ecosystems. The walk through the mangroves provided excellent views and smells. We saw fish, birds and even a raccoon. Their is something for everyone!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Robert Martin
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Aquarium.
    This is how an aquarium should be. This place is basically where they take in sea creatures that are hurt and take care of them. Way better than just taking animals out of their environment to display in aquariums. When you first get there they have a nice gift shop with a bunch of cool stuff. Then you step outside into the main area with all the sea animals. They had a stingray program where you could touch the stingrays, they had a program where they fed the fish, and they had a program where they teach you about sea turtles which was my personal favorite thing considering I love sea turtles. Then they had a big building called the ocean eco center where they had some exhibits on the first floor and on the third floor they had an observation deck where you could see the ocean in the distance. They also had some walking trails as well as a touch tank. After I recommend going across the street and going to the beach because that was beautiful too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Beachfamilybum
    141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great learning experience
    This place was a great way to spend the afternoon and learn about sea turtles and stingrays. Staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. We had fun and learned quite a bit! Will recommend and go back for another visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 May 2024
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SueMe1962
Coral Springs, FL39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We are a family of seven and we booked a private tour on the day the center was closed. What a great time we had getting to feed the rays and the fish. It is a much bigger place than you realize and you could easily go back and do other things that you didn't get to on the tour so take advantage of the membership they give you with the tour.
Written 20 July 2023
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IconCities
West Palm Beach, FL129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Purchased a Groupon special. Due to COVID there is a 50% capacity restriction, face masks required, and there's hand sanitizer throughout the center. The stingray feeding and touch tanks with hermit crabs, urchins and sea cucumbers were nice interactive marine exhibits. There are walking trails varied in length. Unfortunately, we visited on a hot afternoon and didn't get to do any hiking. If you like to hike, go in the morning.
Written 11 July 2020
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Me
Duffield, VA165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited this week and loved it! I petted the stingrays. We viewed numerous sharks, numerous varieties of fish, stingrays, birds, natural grasses, sea turtles, sea urchins, crabs and more!!! There are 3 petting tanks and they are really cool. There is also 2 walking trails with education opportunities along your walk. Inside they have so much learning capacity it's unreal. This place is beautiful. Breathtaking. Peaceful. A MUST SEE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. They also have volunteer opportunities.
Written 6 March 2020
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Diane
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We didn't get to see all the trails because many were closed due to flooding but the parts we did see we enjoyed. We arrived as a presentation was going on and it was informative. We enjoyed watching the sea turtles and sharks swim for a while. The smell along the one trail we were able to take was horrible and there wasn't much at the end. The volunteers telling us about various creatures were knowledgeable. We'd go back.
Written 21 January 2020
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Karen F
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Really for children . We went 2 seniors and while it was nice we’d never do it again because it is for young children. Place is gorgeous in the pavilion. So clean and few children were we wound up.
Beautiful gift shop full of families and children crying a LOT because they want everything.
Staff super nice. We paid under $17 each and felt it was a donation. Didn’t really get anything out of it.
Written 8 April 2023
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Robert Martin
82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is how an aquarium should be. This place is basically where they take in sea creatures that are hurt and take care of them. Way better than just taking animals out of their environment to display in aquariums. When you first get there they have a nice gift shop with a bunch of cool stuff. Then you step outside into the main area with all the sea animals. They had a stingray program where you could touch the stingrays, they had a program where they fed the fish, and they had a program where they teach you about sea turtles which was my personal favorite thing considering I love sea turtles. Then they had a big building called the ocean eco center where they had some exhibits on the first floor and on the third floor they had an observation deck where you could see the ocean in the distance. They also had some walking trails as well as a touch tank. After I recommend going across the street and going to the beach because that was beautiful too.
Written 25 February 2024
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romazzino
West Palm Beach, FL798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Love this place and their mission. Great knowledgeable staff. The exhibits in the main building are great and informative. The chat about the turtles was awesome, learning about the differences and seeing the resident loggerhead and green sea turtles definitely a treat. The Sting-ray experience was nice as well.
Written 13 March 2022
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teachonthebeach
Port Saint Lucie, FL81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We did this because we had a coupon and we really liked it. It really is science informative so if you have kids that are into learning, they will love it here. If you have children that like sea animals they will also like this place. Most of it is outside so make sure you wear sunscreen and a hat especially in the warmer months.

You get to touch the stingrays and a few other little animals. The gift shop is really cute and the staff was super friendly.

This is also a great place for a few hours for adults to learn about the ecosystem in Florida.
Written 20 September 2022
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Emily B
Stuart, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited early Saturday morning - my husband, me and 1.5 year old daughter. All of us had a great time and great value for your money. This isn't an aquarium, but a mostly outdoor center full of interactive exhibits with a goal to educate the public to help marine life. There is a very wonderful indoor exhibit and 3rd story observation deck where you can easily see everything in the large outdoor "tank". Outside you can touch/feed stingrays and other small marine life. Every program is very interesting and educational. The whole facility is very clean and the staff was very nice.
Written 14 May 2022
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Beachfamilybum
141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This place was a great way to spend the afternoon and learn about sea turtles and stingrays. Staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. We had fun and learned quite a bit! Will recommend and go back for another visit.
Written 30 May 2024
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