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Ostego Bay Marine Science Center

#23 of 52 things to do in Fort Myers Beach Features Animals
718 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2204
+1 239-765-8101
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Absolutely worth a visit!

This place is great for about 45 minutes. The lady working there (Madilyn?) was. So nice and I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
South Florida, Florida
Worth A Visit

Visited on a rainy afternoon with my 2 teenagers. Very small, but filled with lots of neat things... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Victoria K
Cleveland, Ohio
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Welcome to the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center located at 718 Fisherman's Wharf on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fl. For 26 years, the Center provides a Marine Science Experience through interactive exhibits, aquariums, touch tank, one of kind collections and unique displays. Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with both guided and self-guided tours. A donation of $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for children over 6 years of age is suggested. Always FREE for Foundation Members. Call for feeding times, it's an opportunity to see many of our reclusive marine specimens that come out of hiding for lunch. Touch a starfish, put your head in the mouth of a shark, see how sea turtles hatch, and much more. Open by appointment only July 12 through July 28th as we are hosting our annual Children's Summer Camp.
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  • Average10%
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“shrimp” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
718 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2204
+1 239-765-8101
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great for about 45 minutes. The lady working there (Madilyn?) was. So nice and I learned a lot from her while there. Had so much fun touching the horseshoe crabs and stingray. Neat displays. Even the gift shop area isn't pricey. Worth...More

Thank dsLarMar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a rainy afternoon with my 2 teenagers. Very small, but filled with lots of neat things. The woman who toured us through was very knowledgeable. You can tell she enjoys her job! We learned about the nesting turtles, seashells and local marine life....More

Thank Victoria K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative and interesting tour and facility. Great info info the different types of shells and sea life that live in the waters around SW FL.

Thank Sandy G
Reviewed 21 June 2017

It is a donation of $5 a person. TAKE THE TOUR WITH LADY when she offers. She is full of knowledge and you will learn so much about the island and what you should go see and what you are missing. We enjoyed the exhibits...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Well it's been crappy rainy today and we decided to check out a museum to kill some time. Glad we stumbled across this little museum! We had Marilyn, who is beyond AWESOME!! She taught is so much. If she wouldn't have been there, I doubt...More

Thank PaulaLaLaB
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Tour of the home of the largest US Shrimp fleet. The best tasting Pink shrimp are found in our own Gulf of Mexico, off Florida's shores. Very interesting tour of the shrimp industry and all the support business that go along with it. Where and...More

Thank PeggieO
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Staff member sat quietly at her desk during entire visit. Answered a few questions, but did not offer any info. Best part is aquariums for sea life.

Thank Martha S
Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you like Science, even a little bit, you will like this place. The Center is small, but it is very educational, and you can easily spend an hour or two here learning a lot about Shells, Stingrays, Local Water-Life, Rare Bones, and even the...More

3  Thank TheExplorerFamily
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Do you know the difference between black, white, and pink shrimp? Want to learn about the industry? In addition, want to learn a bit about this coastal area and its critters? Then this is well worth a couple of hours of your time! The guides...More

2  Thank Engigeek
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We liked this tour so much last year, we brought my brother & sister-in-law this year. They are a bit chatty at times, but are so passionate about their work. They give a great tour and so much information.

1  Thank mimidiner
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