Juan Ponce de León set foot ashore in 1513 and gave the land its name, La Florida, the flowery land. This name was in part because Ponce de León ‘s landing was during the spring season – during Pascua Florida, or Flowery Easter, celebrated in Spanish Catholicism – as well as the incredible natural beauty of our state. You too can experience Florida’s natural beauty year-round in our botanical gardens, as well as in our national and state parks and preserves, showcasing collections of native and exotic plants.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to restoring and preserving our marine life and environment through leadership in education, research... Read More
Billie Swamp Safari offers first-hand experience of the wildlife and environment of the everglades. Overnight guests sleep in a native-style chickee hut. There are also day and evening... Read More
Aside from being a fully functioning marine turtle hospital and rehabilitation facility, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is proud to have a 1200 sq ft exhibit hall boasting over 40... Read More
The vision/mission for the Marine Science Education Center faculty, staff, and community is to provide the best possible total school program, academic as well as vocational,... Read More
Take a step back through time on 40 pristine acres, filled with restored and replicated buildings to demonstrate the wasy of pioneer farmstead living unique to NW Florida.
Around the Bend Nature Tours offers group tours and educational field trips to discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of Florida’s southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Hands-on programs... Read More
Strolling through our Museum, visitors can learn about Southwest Florida's natural history. Daily educational programs allow visitors an up close and personal view of some of our resident... Read More
Enjoy 60 interactive exhibits that include live animal encounters, hands-on shows and the new 3-D movie, SOS Planet! Discover the Hurricane Experience, forecast the weather, take part... Read More
Enjoy a unique and inspiring museum filled with more than 200 touchable, workable exhibits, including a nature discovery room, an air cannon, color and light exhibits and holograms.... Read More
The world’s first oceanarium and underwater motion picture studio, Marineland opened on June 23, 1938, on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway. ... Read More