Hands on Exhibits
Children LOVE our Year-Round Exhibits.
Coral Reef Pool & Shark Feedings
Learn a multitude of fun and interesting facts about the oceans top predators, while watching them eat their breakfast.
Have you ever touched a sea star or urchin? Now you have the chance at Sandoway's touch tank. Visitors will get the chance to touch Urchins, Sea Stars, Sea Cucumbers and Horseshoe Crabs. Learn why they are important to our oceans and how we can protect them!
Florida Reptile and Amphibian Room
Get up Close and Personal
Sandoway’s resident reptiles and amphibians call this room home. Discover some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species, including, our Red Rat Snake, Alligator, Box Turtle and more!
See if Mr. Crystal talks?
Sandoway Discovery Porch is home to some of Florida’s native Turtle and Tortoise species. Spend time with Maggie, our large Gopher Tortoise and Gigi, the Florida Box Turtle. Enjoy our fresh water turtle pond home to our Yellow Bellied Slider and a Peninsular Turtle. Don’t forget to take to time to talk with our beautiful Blue and Gold Macaw, Mr. Crystal!
We provide binoculars!
Step outside onto our second floor observation deck and enjoy a fantastic second story ocean view! Borrow a pair of binoculars to bring your view even closer. Great photo opportunity!
Have you ever wanted to see snake skin or dragonfly wings under a microscope? You can do just that in Sandoway's Microscope Room. Conduct your very own microscope experiments and find our answers to questions like, what is sand made of?
Visitors can spend time looking at diagrams and artist renditions of the S.S. Inchulva also known as the Delray Wreck. This 4,823 ton, 386 foot long steamship was destroyed and sunk off the coast of Delray Beach on Sept. 11, 1903 by a large hurricane. This room is also home to the discovery center’s 250 gallon hexagon aquarium which showcases live corals and reef fish.
Children's Activity Room
This beautiful second story beach front room is full of children’s books focused on science and nature. Children can also color a picture of a shark or follow a tagged shark on our interactive computers as it travels up and down the coast!
This room is dedicated to Florida's creatures of the night! Learn about sea turtle nesting, bat echolocation, owls and their prey and opossums and why they are important to our food chain. Get a chance to see our live opossum, Stitch and Screech Owl, SeeMore!
The Yvonne S. Templeton Shell Room Gallery
The Albert and Ann Becker Shell Collection
This private shell collection is the largest in South East Florida having nearly 10,000 “museum quality” shells. These beautiful shells were collected over a forty year period by a husband and wife team, Albert and Ann Becker. In 2002 the entire world class collection was dontated to the Sandoway Discovery Center from the Linda Becker Dean Family. After Linda’s inheritance of the collection from her aunt and uncle, the family wanted to find the right home for the precious shells. After much research and planning, they chose Sandoway Discovery Center to preserve the collection in its entirety. The center currently has over 3,000 of the 10,000 shells on display.