Monday, August 29, 2016

Loxahatchee River Center, Jupiter, Florida

http://lrdrivercenter.orgThe Loxahatchee River Center is a small nature center on Route 1 in Jupiter, Florida. The focus of the center is on water ecology and it has a good variety of exhibits that are kid friendly.

Loxahatchee River Center

Their seal

Their neck of the woods

Naturally, they have a lot of aquariums with various aquatic life inside.

Fish in water

My son sees a big one

My daughter checks out an eel

A big, beautiful tank

Turtle going right

Turtle going left

A creative display demonstrates how tricky it is to balance the use of water. Little bean bags are labeled as water resources (like rain) and water consumption (like drinking). My children enjoyed it, though they were more about tossing than learning.

Can you balance your water use?

The star of the center is the touch tank, an open aquarium where visitors, while supervised, can touch some aquatic life. The tank has mostly sea urchins and crabs. My kids were nervous but excited.

The touch tank

Touching an urchin

Giving it back

Happy to hold

Checking the hermit inside the shell

A whole wall is dedicated to shark trivia and information. Many fake sharks are mounted throughout the center.

Shark info in a fun and interactive presentation

Nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum

Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas

Scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini

The center is not very large, letting us visit in about an hour. The kids had a lot of fun.

Wacky skeleton

A blue fish

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