What To Do In Florida: Explore touch tanks at Ostego Bay Marine Science Center

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Ostego Bay Marine Science Center (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Florida Vacation Guide: Add the Marine Science Center to your To Do in Florida list

On San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, there’s a charming attraction that will force you and your children to slow down and appreciate the marine life found in south-west Florida.

The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center is a great rainy day destination or a good stop to make before you begin to explore the shelling beaches in this part of Florida. Many of the creatures you’ll encounter on Fort Myers’ beaches will be explained to you at the Marine Science Center.

What sort of sea life will you see?

There are many exhibits to explore in the Marine Science Center but the highlight for the children will be the touch tank. Here they’ll be able to touch the velvety back of a sting ray and to hold a starfish in their hands. Meet the pretty lightning whelks, try to spot the flounder and learn all about the other creatures who call the tank home. Call before your visit and inquire about feeding times. You’ll see many different creatures come out for their lunch that you may not see otherwise! That goes for the touch tank and the numerous other aquariums full of interesting sea animals.

Shells in the touch tank (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Shells in the touch tank (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

More learning

Learn about the efforts being made by the Ostego Bay Oil Spill Co-op. Find out how whelks reproduce! Learn more about sea turtle life and the efforts that are taken to help protect these important animals. All this and more is waiting to be explored on your visit!

Summer camps

If you’ll be in Fort Myers Beach for an extended period of time during the summer, sign your children up for one of the popular summer camps. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. Camps focus on many topics from sea stars to loggerheads. Call for additional information.

Plan your visit

  • Location: 718 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island, Fort Myers Beach, Florida
  • Phone: 1 (239) 765-8101
  • Website: OstegoBay.org
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10 am-1pm, seasonally
  • Admission: Suggested donation of $5/adult and $3/child

Tell us…

What is your favorite touch tank creature?