World Oceans Day celebrations continue this weekend!

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Ocean sunset (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Ocean sunset (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Celebrate World Oceans day on your Florida vacation

The ocean is such a focal point in Florida, that it deserves a celebration for the whole weekend! It also gives us a chance to take note of  how this precious resource, which covers 70% of the Earth’s surface is under threat by overfishing, pollution, reef and habitat damage. Take part in one of the following celebrations, or go visit the ocean directly to celebrate.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, Stuart

Start celebrating the ocean early with an 8 a.m. beach walk and cleanup on Sunday followed by a myriad of family activities at the center including reef ball habitat creation and a stingray feeding. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Scuter the Sea Turtle who will make a special appearance.

  • Highlight: Beach Walk and Cleanup
  • When: June 10, 2012; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: 890 Northeast Ocean Boulevard  Stuart, FL 34996
  • Cost: $5/adults; Free/children under 12.

The Florida Aquarium, Tampa

Take part in two days of ocean-related activities, crafts and programs, discover unique habitats and learn how to protect the ocean and its creatures. Make sure you catch the dive shows that are part of of Dr. Seuss’s “Oceans of Inspiration”

  • Highlight: Ocean-themed activities
  • When: June 9-10, 2012; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: 701 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602
  • Cost: Regular admission

Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, Fort Pierce 

Step into the Indian River Lagoon during a Seining demonstration (from 11 am to 2 pm) and collect species as Smithsonian researchers and aquarists do (wear protective footwear and note that children under 16 have to be with an adult). If you don’t want to get your feet wet, there are behind the scenes tours, learning stations, feeding tours, face painting and more at the Smithsonian.

  • Highlight: Seining demonstrations
  • When: June 9, 2012; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: 420 Seaway Drive  Fort Pierce, FL 34949
  • Cost: Regular admission

Tell us…

What’s your favorite part of the ocean?