Not everything goes to sleep when the lights go out!
The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium is excited to welcome back its popular seasonal event “Aquarium After Dark” in December. As darkness descends upon the aquariums, adults, and children ages five and up are invited to experience nightlife in the aquarium. Watch as daytime animals retire for the night and the creatures of the night emerge. The doors will open as the sun is setting on the exhibits -- a perfect time to see nocturnal animals begin to wake up in their newly darkened environment. After a pizza dinner on the patio, enjoy a brief and fascinating presentation about nightlife in the ocean. Using special Ultraviolet (UV) flashlights, visitors will witness corals that fluoresce brilliant greens, yellows, and oranges in response to UV light. Nocturnal creatures like cardinalfish, clinging crabs, shrimps, and serpent sea stars venture far from their daytime retreats to search for food once the lights go out. Advanced registration and payment are required as space is limited for this exciting educational evening of family fun and exploration.
Dates: Friday December 8th, Friday January 5th, and Friday February 2nd from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Hurry, these dates fill fast!
Prices for Aquarium After Dark Event (dinner included):
Non-members: $15 adults / $13 children (Ages 5+ only)
Members: $13 adults / $11 children (Ages 5+ only)
Register by calling 772-465-3271 or emailing SMSEducation@si.edu
Station Events and Tours
The station is currently closed to visitors due to precautions related to Covid-19 pandemic. When we reopen for tours, information will be posted here.
The Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium is open to visitors. Please see their page for details on visitation. SMEE