FAU Harbor Branch offers two public tours. For more information or to make a reservation, call 772-242-2293 or visit the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center.
The Harbor Branch Immersion Tour – Wednesdays from 10:30am -12:00pm
FAU Harbor Branch welcomes you to go behind the scenes with one of our outreach scientists to gain a greater understanding of the significant research conducted by the institute. The 1.5 hour tour starts at our Ocean Discovery Visitors Center, located west and upland from our main gate on the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, an ancient beach sand dune. The group will work their way down by tram towards the campus past several marine research labs located along the Indian River Lagoon. During this tour, visitors will hear highlights of the cutting-edge research being conducted by FAU Harbor Branch marine scientists and engineers and learn about the positive impact their work has on the community, the environment and everyday life. The experience will also include a photo-op in front of the iconic JSL II deep-sea submersible and views of Florida’s wildlife and natural habitats.
Campus Immersion Tours are recommended for adults and children ages 10 and up.
Tours are limited to 12 people. Reservations and payment are required in advance (must be made by 4 pm the Tuesday before).
Price: $10/adult; $5/child (12 and under)
The Indian River Lagoon Research Tour – Select Wednesdays (Jan - Apr) from 10:00am-12:00pm
The Indian River Lagoon Research Tour is a fun and educational experience aboard a 30-passenger pontoon boat captained by Audubon Warden “Chop” Lege. During this 2-hour journey the visitors will hear from a FAU Harbor Branch Graduate Student about the active research being conducted to help understand and protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. Designated as an aquatic preserve and Estuary of National Significance, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. It is home to more than 2100 different species of plants and more than 2200 animal species, including 50 threatened or endangered species. Harbor Branch research includes studies on harmful algal blooms, physical and biological dynamics, marine mammal health and identification, and real-time water quality information from the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network. Our researchers are leading the way to find solutions to restore and conserve the Indian River Lagoon.
Tours are limited to 30 people. Reservations and payment are required in advance.
Indian River Lagoon Research Boat Tours are recommended for all ages.
Price: $30/adult; $25/child (12 and under)