- $12 for a visit for two to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center (Up to $24 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. Guests can also spend time in the children’s activity pavilion playing games and learning about fishing, sea turtle nesting, and other local facts. Admission for children aged 3–12 is $6, and children younger than 3 enter for free.
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.