Please read below for what you need to know before your visit.
Visiting the Coastal Center
Florida Oceanographic guests to the Coastal Center who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue wearing facial coverings in any situation where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and guests is very important to us. We have made adjustments to our procedures to follow CDC, and state and local guidelines, however, by visiting the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, you are voluntarily assuming any and all risks related to COVID-19.
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Hours of Operation
The Coastal Center is open 10:00am to 4:00pm, Wednesday - Sunday.
Guests will be spaced out upon entry. We are setting capacity limits for programming. Thank you for your patience!
Please note, we are an outdoor facility and inclement weather may affect hours of operation and program times.
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Please note, we are an outdoor facility and inclement weather may affect hours of operation and program times. Programs are available during operating hours.
We are open from 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Stingray Feeding Program
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Please Note: Stingray feedings are held during our ray presentations. Food is handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Food quantities are limited, and we cannot guarantee that all guests will get to feed the rays. The ray tank closes for one hour after each feeding program to allow the stingrays to digest their meal.
Gamefish feeding Program
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
sea turtle Program
11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, we have enhanced our cleaning and sanitation procedures. High-touch surfaces are disinfected frequently throughout the day. We also have hand sanitizing stations available throughout the property.
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57-acre parcel houses the Society's headquarters, nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children's Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitors Center. With its coastal hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamp communities, the site provides excellent opportunities for education and research aimed at increasing visitors' knowledge of these unique environments.
Service Animals are always welcome at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. Service Animals are highly trained working animals that assist a disabled individual with a specific task or tasks. Service Animals must remain on a leash at all times unless this prevents them from performing their task. For the health and safety of our guests and the animals that live at the Coastal Center, Emotional Support Animals, Comfort Animals, Companion Animals, Therapy Animals, and other pets are not allowed on Coastal Center property.