Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center

Over forty years of ocean discoveries at the Florida Atlantic Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Surrounded by a variety of foliage the Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center located at 5600 US 1 North in Ft. Pierce.

Watch a film about the establishment of the institute then take a tour with a docent. Walk with a docent throughout the visitors center as they describe in detail the research that goes on at the institute. From the depths of the oceans, microbiologists and chemists discovered that seventy percent of pharmaceuticals comes from the ocean.

 

 

 

 

While holding the wool sponge she told us that they have no eyes or ears but suck water from holes throughout their body. Dolphins live 50 to 60 years in the wild but in captivity die at an earlier age. The Right Whale an endangered species listed as one of the 12 whales that inhabit the Florida Waters. The Yellow Head Jawfish burrows inside the sand in one of the Coral Reef Aquariums. In the oceans the Coral Reef home to millions of species.

 

 

 

 

Many facets of ocean exploration inside the ocean exploration center. Learn about the seven types of seagrasses in the Indian Lagoon. The impact of the ocean currents on our environment. Too deep for divers, underwater vehicles go where divers can’t and underwater cameras such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles that takes pictures at the bottom of the ocean and sends them back to researchers.

Fish, plants and other species grow in the aquaculture environment. Restoring our native species like the Florida Apple Snails, Queen Conch and Oyster Reefs important to the survival of our ecosystems.

The gift shop has children’s books on the oceans, salt scrubs, ocean safe sunscreens, backpacks and other items. I recommend the visitor center tour the docent is very knowledgeable. The tour is free donations accepted. Lecture series, Immersion Tours offered on the website.

Lake Louisa State Park

 

 

 

 

Be aware of wildlife crossing the road at Lake Louisa State Park at 7305 US Highway 27 in Clermont. The Green Swamp surrounds the boardwalk towards Lake Louisa. Take a swim, have a picnic on the shores of the lake or watch your children play on the playground.Step inside the Habitat Garden strolling along the path through a trestle. A Southern Red Cedar part of the evergreen family has many uses. Sit on a bench or in one of the two gazebos. Listen to the sounds of birds and try to spot a butterfly.Sightings of birds of prey, grassland and migrating birds along the Florida Birding Trail. Hike and bicycle on one of the many trails. Swim in one of the six lakes. Launch a canoe, kayak or go horseback riding. I recommend the park a lot to see and do. Hours of operation and fees located on the website.