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Attractions in Florida

Need a brake from fishing? Why not visit one of our popular attractions. Learn about our beautiful state. Some attractions are free and other charge nominal fees. All are fun!

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Gulf World Marine Park - Panama City Beach

Enjoy daily live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles and tropical birds. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea turtles, iguana and more.

15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 - 850-234-5271 - www.gulfworldmarinepark.com
Monday ? Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm varying by season, call for times

Big Bend
Central West
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Mote Aquarium - Sarasota

At Mote Aquarium, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. They also have boat tours and charters available for a once in a lifetime adventure.

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236 - 941-388-4441 - www.mote.org
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays

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Florida Maritime Museum - Manatee County

Housed in the old Cortez schoolhouse built in 1912, on 4 acres of land, the Florida Maritime Museum is a wealth of information on the commercial fishing industry dating back to the late 1800's. Exhibits include information about many aspects of Florida's rich maritime heritage including the historic fishing village of Cortez, regional fishing practices, and boatbuilding. The Museum is also home to a variety of boat models, the expansive Banks shell collection, and a growing research library.

4415 119th Street West, (P.O. Box 100), Cortez, Florida 34215 - 941-708-6120 - Website
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, closed major holidays, admission is Free!

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The Florida Aquarium - Tampa

Discover one of the best aquariums in the country at The Florida Aquarium in beautiful downtown Tampa. A wonderful family destination with plenty of fun activities like Swim with the Fishes, Penguins: Backstage Pass and a Wild Dolphin Ecotour. Don't miss Explore A Shore, our outdoor water fun zone for the children!

701 Channelside Drive Tampa, Florida 33602 - 813-273-4000 - www.flaquarium.org
Open daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm - Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Clearwater

Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and see their most famous resident "Winter" the dolphin who stars in the 2011 Warner Brothers motion picture Dolphin Tale. Some popular exhibits include the Underwater Shipwreck Tunnel, Shark Pass, Otter Oasis, Stingray Beach, and Dolphin Deck.

249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, Florida 33767 - 727-441-1790 - www.seewinter.com
Monday ? Thursday 9am ? 5pm, Friday & Saturday 9am ? 7pm, Sunday 10am ? 5pm
Observed Holidays: Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Christmas Day

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The Pier Aquarium - St. Petersburg

The Pier Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit aquarium and marine education science center located in downtown St. Petersburg at The Pier on the waterfront.

800 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 - 727-803-9799 - www.pieraquarium.org
10:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Saturday, Closed Christmas Day

Imaginarium Hands On Museum and Aquarium

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium - Fort Myers

Touch live sea life, be blown away by a hurricane, run through a rainstorm! Your admission package to the Imaginarium provides hours of fun and entertainment for the entire family through hands-on science exhibits.

2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myer, Florida 33901 - 239-321-7420 - www.imaginariumfortmyers.com
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday Noon to 5:00 pm

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Rookery Bay Nat. Estuarine Research Reserve - Naples

The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitors center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area.

300 Tower Road, Naples, Florida 34113 - 239-417-6310 - www.rookerybay.org
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Also open Saturdays - November through April

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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens seeks to delight you with the natural world to inspire the conservation of our planet's wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants. As you enjoy the Zoo and historic garden, we want you to understand that all of us have great power to change the future for people and animals by what we purchase, how we live, and whom we support. Arrive early and allow four or more hours to enjoy all the shows, cruise, and exhibits!

1590 Goodlette Rd, Naples Florida 34102 - 239-262-5409 - www.napleszoo.com
Open 363 days a year 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

Central East
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St Lucie County Attractions
St. Lucie County Aquarium

St. Lucie County Aquarium - Fort Pierce

At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit's 5,000-sqaure-foot facility with more than 8,000 gallons of marine life, featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit. Visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. The largest aquarium is a model of a Caribbean coral reef. Other displays include living models of seagrass, mangrove, estuarine and nearshore habitats, as well as a deepwater Oculina coral reef.

420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 - 772-462-FISH - www.stlucieco.gov and www.sms.si.edu
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm; Aug. 15 to Nov. 15 Tuesday and Saturday 10am - 4pm

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Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens - Port St Lucie

The 19.71 acre site boasts a pond with a fountain, paved pathways, beautiful gardens, a special place for weddings, a Pavilion, gift shop and ample parking.

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 - 772-337-1959 - www.pslbotanicalgardens.org
Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday, 12 noon to 4pm Closed Monday and Tuesday

The Keys
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Key West Aquarium - Key West

Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has delighted visitors since 1934. Come see for yourself the beautiful indigenous sea-creatures of Key West and the Florida Keys.

1 Whitehead St., Key West, Florida 33040 - 888-544-5927 - www.keywestaquarium.com
Open Daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, rain or shine

Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center reef tank exhibit

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center - Key West

The Eco-Discovery Center has exhibits that interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Highlights include a simulation of the Aquarius underwater research habitat, complete with sights and sounds experienced by the "aquanauts", and a high-definition theater screening a 17-minute video about Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

35 East Quay Road, Key West, Florida - 305-809-4750 - www.sanctuaryfriends.org
Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 4 pm - Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas - Admission is Free!
Watch the video on this center on You Tube

Key West Shipwreck Museum

Key West Shipwreck Museum

At the Key West Shipwreck Museum you will step back into time as you discover Key West's unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States. The Key West Shipwreck Museum combines actors, films and the actual artifacts from the 1985 rediscovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the treacherous Florida Keys reef.

1 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida 33040 - 305-292-8990 - www.shipwreckhistoreum.com
Mon - Sun 9:40 am to 5:00 pm, 365 days a year

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Flagler Station Overseas Railway Museum

Relive an era of inspiration and determination; discover how Henry Flagler impacted the transportation industry and the world with his pioneering will and vision. You'll enter into another time period as you walk through a restored railroad car, see photographs and memorabilia, and watch moving video footage of the first train arriving in Key West in January of 1912.

901 Caroline Street, Key West, Florida 33040 - 305-293-8716 - www.flaglerstation.net