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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An educational 45 mins. to learn about our ocean and river environment

A great short personal guided tour of what this center does and how we all benefit from it. Get to... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Hollywood, Florida
Immersion Tour - Great Morning!

Wonderful day! Had a family reunion in Vero Beach and we signed up for the 1 1/2 hour Immersion... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
kathie c
New York
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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...more
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5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946-7331
+1 772-242-2293
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

A great short personal guided tour of what this center does and how we all benefit from it. Get to learn about the Indian river and our oceans. Very educational. NOT FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN! Wonderful staff.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Wonderful day! Had a family reunion in Vero Beach and we signed up for the 1 1/2 hour Immersion Tour. We were a group of 12 ranging in age from 8 to 70! The tour was very diverse so even the children really got into...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

So happy we stopped by very interesting and uplifting and impressed with the contribution of the facility to the environment and humanity

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We had a captivating one hour tour by Gabrielle Barbarite PHD. Her very informative and straightforward tour took us to each exhibit which represents an area of research at Harbor Branch. We learned about the exciting discoveries there at HBOI and what scientists are working...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary B
Reviewed 26 August 2018

So much information and surprising insight. The guides are great and ensure that the experience is positive. They knew so much and answered every question. This is certainly worth the visit for those with an interest in biological oceanography, as well as those that want...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joe M
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We were a large group from a local retirement community. We arrived in a big bus and were there when the doors opened at 10 am. We were greeted by Madeline, our tour guide. First, let me say, Madeline made the tour. She was enthusiastic,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

Excellent guide in Madeleine who spoke clearly and loudly for many of us who were hard of hearing. Fascinating to learn that SO much research in SO many areas is being conducted with AMAZING results that help ALL of us!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lindsay S
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable, polite and patient the staff and volunteers are! They kept my 7 grandchildren entertained while they learned about everything from Marine drug discovery to marine engineering! We had so much fun while learning about all the research done at harbor...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Joyce W
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

A very good and interesting learning opportunity about marine science. Professional staff, very friendly and engaging. Two quick notes, best for middle school and older children / adults. And only need an hour to see everything and ask questions.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Maybe if we would have visited the discovery Center first before going to other aquariums and nature centers in the treasure coast area, then this place would not have been so disappointing to me. First of all, it was a guided tour. I had a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Mary M
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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