John Pennekamp’s FREE Aquarium

Welcome to the John Pennekamp State Park, a smorgasbord of things to do are abound but I’ll be focusing on the FREE aquarium inside the visitor center.

Seen to the left is a photo of a portion of the many exhibits that can be found on the aquarium side of the dual purpose building. Children and adults alike will enjoy the cool AC confines on any hot Florida day watching nature’s sea creatures swim and frolic about totally oblivious to the scorching heat beneath the noon day sun. The aquarium’s self-guided tour can last as long as you like gazing in amazement at some of its unique species. One little creature featured below kept us laughing for 10 minutes as he’d continually look out of his sandy den to see if we were watching him or not!

Though the aquarium visit itself is FREE, the park does change an entrance fee per car’s occupants… if I recall, maybe the $3 to $4 range. The park is so well worth the price, bring a picnic and make a day of it, there’s that much here to do!

You can find dozens of day-long activities along with the FREE aquarium all over the John Pennekamp State Park on US-1 at Mile Marker 102.3 oceanside.


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