On 64 acres of mangroves in the Indian River, just off the Wabasso Bridge, kids of all ages learn about nature by living it. The campus encompasses a Discovery Station with aquariums and hands-on exhibits, native plant/butterfly gardens, picnic facilities, a canoe launch, boardwalks, and nature trails, including one that leads to the historic Laura Riding Jackson home.
The Visitor’s Center sells two different discovery guides ($1 each) with fun field activities for kids younger or older than 8 years. Special programs throughout the week require advanced reservations and include canoe excursions, a pontoon ride to Pelican Island story time, guided walks, and touch tank encounters. Admission is $5, but is free the first Saturday.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday (until 4 p.m. during winter season)