St. Lucie County Aquarium
Created and managed through a partnership between the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, this 5,000-square-foot facility features more than 8,000 gallons of marine life. The Aquarium's six aquarium displays and touch tank accurately reflect the habitats typically found in the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding coastal waters.
The St. Lucie County Aquarium, featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, opened in November of 2000, after the Center's main 3,000-gallon coral reef exhibit was being retired from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian scientists were the first to put a living model of an Atlantic coral reef ecosystem on display for the public.
LOCATION: 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce
TELEPHONE: 772-462-FISH (3474). For school/group bookings call 772-465-3271.
CENTER HOURS: Seasonal January - March: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
April - December: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
Educational tours can still be scheduled Tuesday - Friday by calling 772-465-3271.
Senior (55+) $3
Children (4-17) $3
Children (under 4 years old) Free
For more details and webcams from inside the Aquarium visit the Smithsonian's website at: http://www.sms.si.edu/SMEE/