Discovery Center

Hands On Centers

Guests experience the thrill of holding horseshoe crabs at the Sea-For-Yourself Discovery Center, an interactive, multimedia playground and educational resource center that fascinates children and adults of all ages.

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Horseshoe Crabs
Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs; they are related to spiders and scorpions. They lay their eggs on beaches, have copper-based blue blood that is used by scientists to diagnose diseases, and they are considered living fossils as they have been on Earth for over 200 million years!

Filled with fun and interactive displays, the Discovery Center invites you to learn by participation. You can solve puzzles, test your knowledge against the experts and your friends

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Fun Educational Programs!

Ripley’s Aquarium provides a unique variety of educational programs on the ocean environment and marine life. Educators are available in the building to answer questions at all times.

Special class times and topics for group discussions are posted at the Marine Education Center every day.

Additional specialized programs are also available for students, teachers, and other social groups. Find out more »

Meet the Puffers!

All puffed up!Members of the puffer fish family can change their shape dramatically.

Normally, they look pretty much like a typical fish, but when they are alarmed they gulp up water, or air, and inflate into hard-to-swallow round, spiked balls.