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ST. LUCIE COUNTY --
The St. Lucie County Aquarium, featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, will now be open seven days a week through the winter season.
A few months ago, the aquarium added Sundays from noon-4 p.m. back to its year-round hours of operation and will begin being open on Mondays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 7 through March.
Located at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island, the aquarium offers an up-close look at the fish, corals, crabs, sponges and other underwater creatures that can be found on the Treasure Coast.
The aquarium's six exhibits and touch tank accurately reflect the habitats typically found in the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding coastal waters.
The 5,000-sqaure-foot facility has operated in partnership between the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County's parks, recreation and facilities department for more than decade.
Scheduled programs such as snack time, behind-the-acene tours and feeding frenzy tours give visitors a chance to learn more about the thousands of marine animals that are featured in the more than 8,000 gallon display.
Since the St. Lucie County Aquarium will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day the monthly free admission day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Additionally, the Aquarium will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Admission to the aquarium is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children (ages 4-17). Group rates and memberships are available. The first Tuesday of each month is free admission day. Seasonal (January to March) hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.
For more information, call (772) 462-FISH (3474) or for school/group bookings call (772) 465-3271 or visit www.sms.si.edu/SMEE.