Coastal Center

Admissions building at the Coastal Center
Stingrays inside the Gamefish Lagoon
Gamefish Lagoon
coastal center
Please read below for what you need to know before your visit.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center reopened to the public on Wednesday, June 10th. For health and safety reasons, we are opening with updated hours, policies and procedures. We look forward to seeing you on campus!


Visiting the Coastal Center

Florida Oceanographic staff, volunteers and all guests over the age of 6 are required to wear a facial covering.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and guests is very important to us. We have made adjustments to our procedures to follow to CDC, and state and local guidelines, however, by visiting Florida Oceanographic, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to COVID-19.

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Hours of Operation

The Coastal Center is now open 10:00am to 4:00pm. For the remainder of January, we will be open Wednesday through Sunday, plus Monday and Tuesday, January 18th - 19th.     

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.

Holiday Closures:

New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Admission Prices

We are not accepting cash at this time.

Adults: $12 

Children (3-12): $6 

Children ages 2 and under: FREE

Members: FREE

Active and Retired Military: FREE

Purchase your tickets upon arrival  or in advance Here

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 through January 10th (Closed January 1st).

Click Here to View a Coastal Center Map with program times 

Stingray Feeding Program

10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. 

Gamefish feeding Program

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

sea turtle Program

11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Nature Trail

10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm 

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.

890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996

Contact us at or give us a call at 772-225-0505.