A sea turtle proudly displays its intricately patterned shell. A stingray safely brushes its sleek skin against a child’s hand, grazing the top of a 10,000-gallon tank. A bird splashes into mangrove swamps to snatch fish. Sensory experiences like these occur on a regular basis at the 57-acre Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. As the headquarters for the nonprofit Florida Oceanographic Society, the center strives to both educate the public and inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems.
Among the center’s many activities, visitors can high-five crustaceans at the Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion and watch a live feeding at the 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. Educational programs throughout the day explore the lives of sea turtles and explain how to identify local fish that refuse to wear nametags. Just past a colorful butterfly garden and aquariums at the Frances Langford Visitors Center, guests can find nature trails that wend through mangrove swamps and hardwood hammocks. Here, they can see the natural state of a bio-diverse estuary, along with endangered plants and animals that the Florida Oceanographic Society is striving to save through research as well as educational and restoration initiatives.
Many young men follow in their father's footsteps, including Paradise Tire & Service’s mechanic Anthony. Inspired by his father Joe—an industry vet with nearly 50 years under his belt—Anthony became a mechanic himself. Now, with a seasoned service manager overseeing the garage and another ASE-certified mechanic on staff, the father-son duo repairs rides and maintains them with services such as oil changes, brake inspections, computerized engine analyses, and tire rotations. As the team works, guests can use the shop’s loaner cars, which, at midnight, turn back into pumpkins until the next mechanical service is needed.
Tilden Car Care began its life as a brake shop founded by Sydney G. Tilden in 1923. Nearly a century later, its staff still works on brakes, as well as cares for vehicles with a full spread of repair and maintenance services. The expert mechanics and technicians align tires, inspect vehicles for road safety, change oil, and thoroughly clear away dirt or barnacles clinging to the undercarriage. In addition, Tilden Car Care's professional detailing company Unique Auto Salon has been performing car detail work in South Florida for over 25 years.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Magic Mike's Mobile Car Detailing gives vehicles a like-new shine inside and out with on-location detailing services. The staff hand washes exteriors, vacuums and polishes interiors, and cleans and dresses rims and tires.
The Tire Choice is a premier tire and automotive servicer in Florida. We sell brand name tires like Michelin, Pirelli, Yokohama, Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental, Goodyear, BFGoodrich and Nitto. We also perform all types of auto services - oil changes, brakes, tune ups, alignments, batteries, A/C service, steering, suspe