The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to help open the minds of everybody who passes through to science – and how exciting this interesting field of discovery can be. Science is full of exploration and adventure, discovery, and wonder, and it’s accessible to anyone and everyone on the planet, not just the elite thinkers of the world. Here you’ll find everything from computer coding and robotics to deep-sea life and the greatest reaches of the universe.
The aquarium is home to 3,000 square feet of exhibit space consisting of multiple reef, marine, and freshwater tanks that house Florida fish and aquatic life species. Tanks are home to sharks and seahorses, eels, stingrays, and Queen Angelfish, or the invasive Lionfish, and many others. The largest tank “Shipwreck Cove” is a 3,500-gallon tank with sharks, spotted moray eels, white fin remoras, barracudas, and lobsters. There’s a 6-foot coral reef with a hollowed-out center that allows visitors to take a look from inside the reef. In this tank, you’ll see critters and fish from all over the world, but primarily the Hawaiian Islands, Indo-Pacific regions, Red Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also spot marine life that’s native to Florida in other sections, like the alligators and turtles. And there are touch tanks where you can get personal and up-close with some of the most interesting – and safer – creatures from under the sea.
Initially built and dedicated after Buzz Aldrin, the planetarium came alive in 1964. In more recent years, the space has received renovations from families in the area who love the planetarium and space exploration. The planetarium is home to a traditional star projector and full-dome digital video presentation equipment used for a variety of topics in the science and exploration world.
The Science Center has a variety of permanent, rotating and visiting displays that will engage the entire family. The main exhibit floor space is used by the temporary traveling exhibits. In the past, these have included topics such as Egyptian mummies, the Titanic, Dinosaurs from Around the World, and more. The other permanent exhibits include the Everglades Exhibit, the River of Grass, Conservation Station, a Hurricane Simulator, and multiple other indoor and outdoor activities and brain teasers.
Enjoy the aquarium, the planetarium, and the many other elements of the South Florida Science Center as an educational and fun way to beat that Florida heat.
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