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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

#1 of 57 things to do in Stuart Features Animals
890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-1627
+1 772-225-0505
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A learning experience

We visited and everyone found something that they were interested in seeing, touching , smelling... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jensen Beach, Florida
via mobile
Educational Stop on the Island

I must have passed the Center 200 times during my business trips and assignments on Hutchinson... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
West Palm Beach
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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs to people of all ages and conducts research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. Join us in our mission "to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy” today.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles” (55 reviews)
“game fish” (40 reviews)
“touch tank” (40 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-1627
+1 772-225-0505
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited and everyone found something that they were interested in seeing, touching , smelling. Had fun touching the Stingrays and feeding them. Loved seeing the fish and the turtles that were recuperating before they were released back to their environment. Make sure to wear...More

Thank pinkplaid2happy
Reviewed 2 days ago

I must have passed the Center 200 times during my business trips and assignments on Hutchinson Island but never thought to visit. We took the advantage of a Groupon to to make the drive from West Palm Beach. It was definitely worthwhile. We arrived a...More

Thank FloridaSunDevil
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've taken my grandson here a couple times. We always enjoy it! The volunteers are so good with children. So fun to be able to touch the sea creatures!

Thank bschrei813
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been visiting the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for many years. Last year we came in June and we were able to partake in the turtle nesting walk. This is such a treat! We have preteens and teenage kids and they absolutely loved this....More

Thank Julie k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff is wonderful...a woman in front was beyond kind (her name was Joyce)...my 9 year old grandson just loved it...so did his grandmother.

Thank fairtradefl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Florida Oceanographic is a great place to visit if you are in the Stuart area. It's programs are aimed at a broad audience, but kids will really enjoy interacting and feeding the sting rays.

Thank paulhV2441GD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to actually touch nature!!! Everyone can have a chance to feed fish right out of their hand. Great natural preserves!!! Nurse sharks Snook Black Drum Cobra Snapper Sheepshead Tang Two species of sea turtles Etc. MUST SEE!!!

Thank Lance C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely kid friendly. You can bring lunch and enjoy on benches...no restrictions on bringing in food & drinks. Beautiful gardens of native plants. If you go on the nature trails, best to go with a guide who will share stories and plant information. See the...More

Thank Ginger609
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We took a day trip up to Stuart, FL, to visit the Oceanographic Center. We enjoyed listening to Dr. Zak describe everything about the beautiful sea turtles, sharks, rays and other inhabitants of the center. Bill took us on a tour of the trails and...More

1  Thank Joselyn P
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We live on the west coast of Florida, but we travelled to Stuart to visit my sister who had traveled in from San Diego. With the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center #1 attraction in Stuart, we decided to visit. We arrived about 10:15 am and got...More

1  Thank Michael_G104
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barbara f
is this accessible for a senior with walker?
30 March 2017|
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Response from Where-2-go-4-help | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there's a small ramp with long attached handrails. There's plenty of shades benches throughout the property.
Any Coupons available ?
14 March 2017|
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Response from Wanake | Reviewed this property |
It is an outstanding spot to visit for adults and kids. They are staffed by full time employees and a number of volunteers. Cost should be an issue for a visit as the whole experience is educational and fun.
What is best time to visit?
7 August 2016|
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Response from toni g | Reviewed this property |
Check the website and time ur visit to take advantage of talks and tank program. In between there's plenty to see, staff is great.