Florida Oceanographic Society

Hutchinson Island South

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Touch a starfish’s bony arms, feed debarbed stingrays, and explore mangrove swamps and hardwood hammocks

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We know less about the bottom of the ocean than we do about the surface of the moon, mainly because Sputnik turned out not to be waterproof. Explore Earth’s final frontier with this Groupon.

$10 for a Visit for Two to the Florida Oceanographic Society (Up to $20 Value)

Guests explore touch tanks, peruse ocean-themed exhibits and aquariums in the visitor’s center, and join in on daily programs, such as guided trail walks and live presentations on stingrays and sea turtles. Admission for children aged 3–12 is $5, and children younger than 3 enter for free.

Florida Oceanographic Society

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 Society on Hutchinson Island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. 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.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

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, visit the Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion and watch a live feeding at the 750,000-gallon Gamefish Lagoon, home to nurse sharks, stingrays, and over 30 species of fish. Educational programs throughout the day explore the lives of sea turtles and discuss characteristics of local fish and the Indian River Lagoon, one of North America's most bio-diverse estuaries. Visitors learn about the local environment that Florida Oceanographic Society works to protect and restore though research, education and advocacy.


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