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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
+1 772-242-2293
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Interesting and educational

We had a great time. The tour guide was very informative. He told us about the projects going on at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London L
via mobile
Great informative visit

harbor Branch was recommended by Ft. Pierce visitors center. The price is right, free. Graduate... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ralph T
Fort Pierce, Florida
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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 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
+1 772-242-2293
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Didn't take long to see but fun and educational. Very well informed staff can answer any questions. Nice visit.

Thank Barb S
Reviewed 30 June 2017

The Institute offers free guided tours with a graduate student. We wish we would have taken advantage of the larger Wednesday tour, but we were satisfied with the shorter tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Anyone interested in local marine life should visit.

2  Thank Kerry B
Reviewed 28 June 2017

I never miss a chance to take my elementary grand children to visit Harbor Branch. Then visit the beach. Great for a rainy afternoon.

Thank Jacqui1022
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

While having out of town guest, we took them to the Oceanographic Institute for something to do and we were delightfully surprised at how interesting this place was. It's very educational with the seminars and great hands on experience with the sting rays petting and...More

Thank Debra Forrer R
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Mary M
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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