About the Coastal Center
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.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Stingray Feeding Program
Monday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Sea Turtle Program
Monday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
Gamefish Feeding Program
Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.
(Guided nature trail walks available. Call ahead for details!)
Monday-Saturday: Trail open until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Trail open until 3:00 p.m.
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.