St. Lucie County

ENERGY ENCOUNTER- An education center revealing secrets about energy, electricity and nuclear power. At the FPL St. Lucie Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. Fort Pierce. (772) 468-4111 or 1-877-FPL-4FUN. Vist their website

OXBOW ECO-CENTER - A nature center located on the St. Lucie River, complete with hands-on exhibits, hiking trails, educational programs, and a gift store. 5400 NE St. James Dr., PSL (772) 785-5833. Vist their website

MANATEE OBSERVATION & EDUCATION CENTER- The West Indian Manatee can be observed at this facility during its migratory period of November through June. The center also features an exhibition area, gift shop, observation tower and classrooms. 480 N. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce (772) 466-1600 ext. 3333. Vist their website

ST. LUCIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY- Restored Gardner House and replica of a Florida East Coast railway station. Museum store and a reconstructed Seminole Indian Camp. 414 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. (772) 462-1795. Vist their website

HEATHCOTE BOTANICAL GARDENS- A living museum of tropical flowers and foliage, including a Japanese garden. 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. (772) 464-4672. Vist their website

NAVY UDT-SEAL MUSEUM- The nation's only museum devoted entirely to the U.S. Navy Frogmen and Seals. 3300 North A1A, Fort Pierce (772) 595-5845. Vist their website

ST. LUCIE MARINE CENTER FEATURING THE SMITHSONIAN MARINE ECOSYSTEM EXHIBIT- Six living marine ecosystems exhibits. 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. (772) 462-FISH. Vist their website

BACKUS GALLERY AND MUSEUM- Nation's largest exhibit of original paintings by A. E. Backus. Five exhibition areas featuring Florida artists. 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. (772) 465-0630. Vist their website
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