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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
+1 772-242-2293
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"Very Informative!!"

We went to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic visitor center and was quite surprised!! Madeline was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jordansteve
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Excellent facility!

A worthwhile trip especially if anyone in the family has an interest in the marine sciences. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Novell70
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New Smyrna Beach, 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 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic visitor center and was quite surprised!! Madeline was great telling our group about all the research they have been doing at the institute for future cures and keeping a healthy balance and understanding of our marine life. Learned...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A worthwhile trip especially if anyone in the family has an interest in the marine sciences. The staff is knowledgeable and the displays are relevant to the work being accomplished there. We took our teenage granddaughter and a preteen grandson and their eyes were definitely...More

Thank Novell70
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our 12 yr. old granddaughter to Harbor Branch Visitor Center. An interesting docent explained the diverse research being conducted at this facility and it is nothing short of amazing. Conveniently located between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, Harbor Branch is working on a...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

What a great venue to learn more about all the new technology that is helping our planet. The new exhibitions are absolutely great and the tour guides are highly informed! I absolutely recommend this as a place to visit if you are someone who enjoys...More

Thank Gloria C
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

This out of the way stop was surprisingly interesting and informative. A graduate student from the institute was our docent and he was so helpful in sharing the many projects underway at this facility. Everyone was very friendly and we learned a lot. Next time...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

A must see for anyone who enjoys the oceans , seas, rivers & all of its creatures. They do so much great incredible research here. Very informative. It’s free but donations are accepted. Our tour guide Madeline was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend stopping here...More

Thank Stacey M
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

We went on the Wednesday tour with Gabby. She was an excellent guide and we learned so much about the program there and the future possibilities that the ocean offers. This tour was a small group (6) on a golf cart and we were encouraged...More

Thank ginnyBeamer
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

The high season was over, so my friend and I got personalized tour of the FAU campus with Harbor Branch cheerleader (aka, outreach director) Gabby. She was super informed, a Ph.D. herself, and someone who clearly knows the ins and outs of the work being...More

Thank deemo8
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Unbelievable exhibits and tour for free, PLEASE leave a donation. Wonderful personal tour by Brandon McHenry. Very informative and able to answer all questions about life & research in the Indian River and beyond. There was film clips. Aquaculture, research equipment, etc. Was surprised by...More

Thank BCR37
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Outstanding. First off, the guide, Madeline, is a well educated, engaging educator who exudes passion for the subject matter. Gives thorough discussion that is concise and translate sophisticated marine biology to the vernacular. I am not a “Green” person but what they’re doing at HBOI...More

Thank David Y
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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
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