The Biomes Marine Biology Center in Rhode Island is the only private marine education facility in New England, as well as a great hands-on aquarium. The center has provided interactive programs in marine biology for families and school groups since 1989, and specializes in teaching both adults and children alike about the marine life found in the Atlantic Ocean and in Narragansett Bay in particular. Visitors of the Biomes Center have the opportunity to see the largest collection of marine life in the northeastern United States. From tropical stray to native species, almost every creature that can be seen at the center can also be found in the local waters.
Visitors to the Biomes Marine Biology Center should plan to spend an hour and a half at a minimum at the center to allow them to explore all of the animal exhibits. A variety of demonstrations are held throughout the day on Rhode Island school vacation days, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as every day throughout the summer months. Trained and knowledgeable staff are also on hand if guests would like to know anything about the center's animals. Demonstrations that visitors can watch throughout the day include tortoise feeding, pufferfish demonstration, horseshoe crab feeding, dogfish shark feeding, skate feeding, seahorse feeding, and stingray feeding.
The Ruby's Play Center at the Biomes Marine Biology Center is an educational, fun area designed for kids up the age of six and their parents or caregivers. Activities available for children include a puppet theater, a ball run, story books, coloring pages, an X-ray box, games, puzzles, and much more. Kids can also spend time with Pinchy the Lobster and Rocky the Turtle during their time at Ruby's Play Center. The play area is open to visitors during the Biomes Center's public walk-in hours, and is included in the admission to the center. Parents or caregivers must stay with children while in the play center.
Visitors may also book private visits to the Biomes Marine Biology Center. These one-hour visits are great for groups, families, or even individuals. Presentation during private visits are designed for both adults and children. The center's biologist is on hand throughout the visit to guide guests as they tour the facility and are available to answer any questions that visitors may have. Guests will also have the chance to pet sharks, watch a pufferfish demonstration, and participate in hands-on activities during their visit.
School groups can also visit the Biomes Marine Biology Center as a field trip. Students will have the opportunity to see more than one hundred different marine species collected from local waters in more than eighty different exhibits. They will also learn plenty of information from the center's varying learning stations that cover topics like feeding behaviors, habitats, tropical strays, and adaptations. Students will also have the chance to get their hands wet at the petting station, featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, sea stars, eels, and tidepool creatures. All field trips are private visits and are held during morning hours before the center opens to the public.
6640 Post Road, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Phone: 401-885-4690