MarineQuest 2018

Thank you for joining us for MarineQuest 2018!

MarineQuest 2017 artworkMARINEQUEST 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018
FREE admission
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Event location:
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue Southeast
St. Petersburg, Florida


Event parking:
SouthCore Parking Garage
101 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg
View map External Website

A free shuttle will transport visitors to the event location.


We invite you to MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). This award-winning event is an opportunity for you and your family to learn about Florida's fish and wildlife and FWRI's exciting research.

Tour our main building, where staff members will be on hand to discuss their research and answer your questions. Our laboratories will be open, and displays will demonstrate some of the cutting-edge research going on at FWRI. Outside, discover more hands-on displays, including touch tanks teeming with marine life.

MarineQuest offers events for all ages, including hands-on activities that will help younger visitors learn about the fascinating marine life in our oceans. Kids can even touch sharks and rays, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other marine critters commonly found in Florida's waters. Through the age-old Japanese practice of "gyotaku," or fish printing, they can create their own artwork and other educational activities!

In addition to the lab displays and interactive stations, representatives from local and national conservation and science organizations will be available to visit with you and offer information.

View more information about exhibitors.


MARINEQUEST 2018 SPONSORS External Website
Tampa Bay Times
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
City of St. Petersburg


This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at (727) 896-8626 or City of St Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/TTY

FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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