The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.
The 57 acre swamp offers nature trails, a 750,000 gallon Game Fish Lagoon, a children's activity pavilion, a sting ray tank with feeding times ( you get to feed them).
The Game Fish Lagoon has 35 species of fish with turtles, sharks, tarpon, and 18 large rays.
There is also a childrens' Summer camp. The camp is very educational and teaches children to respect the delicate environment of the Indian River Lagoon.
There is a gift shop with many toys, books,games, jewelry, and photos related to marine life. I see children there trying to decide what to buy. It's tough since they have such a variety from which to choose.
The staff at the Center is friendly and very knowledgeable.
I enjoy the nature trail and the Indian site with the huts. You can imagine the Native Americans living right there in the hardwood hammock.
I visit more than once a year and always see and learn something new. I look forward to these visits. I'm outdoors with nature and sea life under a blue sky investigating nature. Nothing better. (I always bring my camera).
The Center is a 2013 "Tourist Attraction" Reader's Choice Winner (Martin County, Florida).
For information about the Center visit:www.floridaocean.org/p/58/visit