Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57 acre parcel houses the Florida Oceanographic Society's headquarters, nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Children's Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch-Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion and the Frances Langford Visitor's Center.
With its coastal hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamp communities, the site provides excellent opportunities for education and research aimed at increasing the general knowledge of these unique environments.
Stingray Program and Feeding (30 minutes):
During this 30 minute presentation, you will learn about the structure of rays, the proper way to handle them, and then get a chance to pet and feed the rays in our "Rays on the Reef" tank.
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Game Fish Feeding at the Discovery Lagoon (15 minutes):
Watch our resident game fish strike! Learn how to identify the different species. The Discovery Lagoon currently boasts 23 species for a total of about 100+ fish!
Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Guided Nature Walk (90 minutes):
You can go on a guided nature walk. The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is on a 57 acre site. There is a mile long loop trail that travels through the xeric hammocks, the hardwood hammocks, the mangrove swamp and takes you down to the shores of the Indian River Lagoon. Along the trail you will learn about the plants and animals that live on Hutchinson Island, the importance of the mangrove swamp, the Ays Indians that once lived on the Island and the wonderful Indian River Lagoon.
Monday - Saturday 11:30 a.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1964. The Coastal Center, on Hutchinson Island, has been open to the public since 1994. Our mission is the driving force of this organization and staff and volunteers are the catalyst for change.
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nature Trail Closes at 4 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Nature Trail Closes at 3 p.m.
Closed major Holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas
Children 3 to 12 $4.00
Children under 3 FREE!
Society Members FREE!
From I-95 take Exit 101, the Stuart (State Road 76) exit, and go north and east. Take State Rd 76, (also known as Kanner Highway), to light past High School, Monterey Road (714). Turn right (east) on Monterey Road, cross over US 1 and the railroad tracks, continue straight to East Ocean Blvd. Turn right on East Ocean Blvd over the St. Lucie River and the Indian River to Hutchinson Island.
Continue through light at MacArthur and just past flashing yellow light to Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center entrance on the left. The entrance is shared with Publix just to the North. Our entrance is directly across the street from the entrance to Stuart Beach and the Elliott Museum.