The Ted Moorhead Lagoon House

3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32901
Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm | Closed Mondays and Holidays | Map

The Lagoon House was built after years of hard work by many public and private partners.

The Lagoon House was built after years of hard work by many public and private partners.

The Lagoon House is an exceptional venue for workshops, meetings, and exploration.  It houses a small natural history museum, library, and gift shop and serves as the welcome center for the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway. The building is owned by the City of Palm Bay and run by the Marine Resources Council.  Enjoy a stroll along the lagoon on our 100 foot boardwalk where you can view dolphins, birds, manatees and other wildlife.

Story of the Lagoon House

On April 2, 2005, the Lagoon House opened formally to the general public, offering insights and displays into the history of the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway region and extolling it beauty and bounty, and promoting its preservation and enhancement for future generations. The grand opening was made possible by a dedicated team of private and public contributors and a generous donation from Jan Smith and the T.R. and Dorothy Tomlinson estate, who were the original land owners.

The idea for the Lagoon House began in 1998 when Ted Moorhead became aware of plans for a retention pond at Ais Point Lookout. He believed that the site on the bluff overlooking the lagoon was an ideal location for an environmental learning center. His wife, Ann, proposed the name "Lagoon House" and Palm Bay grant writer, Dave White, suggested that the National Scenic Byway program could potentially be a source of funding.

A working group met on April 14, 1999 and voted to organize into a Scenic Highway corridor advocacy group with Marine Resources Council sponsorship. As a result of its efforts, the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway was formally designated by the Florida Department of Transportation on June 13, 2000 and was later afforded the status of a National Scenic Byway.

AJT & Associates contributed initial design work to get the project started.  The Palm Bay City Council approved grant applications to fund the Lagoon House. Construction was made possible by grants of $100,000 from the Florida Inland Navigation District, $800,000 from the National Scenic Byways Program, and $100,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation.  The South Brevard Historical Society loaned many of the historical items displayed in Lagoon House exhibits.

On April 2, 2005, the Lagoon House opened to the public, with exhibits offering insights into the natural history of the Indian River Lagoon and promoting its preservation for future generations.