WAIT’TIL YOU SEE WHAT THERE IS TO SEE AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM Miami – It’s Miami’s premier attraction. It’s the place where dolphins fly, where fearsome moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns, where shimmering schools of exotic fish dance through underwater seascapes, and it’s the only place where you will see the graceful beauty of a Pacific white sided dolphin combined with the incredible power of a three ton killer whale. It’s a world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations, as well as a variety of animal encounter programs offered daily. It’s Miami Seaquarium!
Overlooking picturesque Biscayne Bay, Miami Seaquarium is just ten minutes from downtown Miami on beautiful Virginia Key. Located on 38 landscaped acres, the marine life entertainment park offers visitors hours of fun, education and inspiration through a mix of exhibits, shows, attractions, animal encounters, food and shopping opportunities that have made it a Miami institution.
SHOWS, PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITS One of the most popular shows at Miami Seaquarium is the Flipper Dolphin Show. This show takes place at the Flipper Lagoon, film location for much of the popular 1960s television show of the same name. The Flipper dolphins demonstrate the grace and intelligence of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The show includes jumps, spins, tailwalks and flips, all choreographed to music and accompanied by lively and informative narration. Audience participation segments personalize the performance for park guests.
The Whale & Dolphin Stadium is home to the killer whale, Lolita and her Pacific white-sided dolphin companions. Through educational presentations with Lolita and her companion dolphins, guest of all ages will discover the natural grace, beauty and intelligence of these animals while learning about the threats facing the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population of Puget Sound.
The Golden Dome, a Miami landmark designed by architect Buckminster Fuller, is home to the Sea Lion Show. This hilarious playlet allows the sea lion stars to show off their athletic and comedic abilities. The show also features Salty the Sea Lion and a cameo appearance by Salty’s comical harbor seal friends.
Rounding out the four major shows at Miami Seaquarium is the Top Deck DolphinShow featuring the natural athletic ability of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Guests thrill to the acrobatics of these agile marine mammals as they brave the “splash zone” for a closer look. The Top Deck dolphins can be viewed anytime throughout the day from above and below the water. Keep your eyes open you might be able to spot a baby dolphin depending on when you visit.
The newest addition to the park is Penguin Isle, home to ten endangered African penguins. This exhibit features colorful graphics and educational displays about penguins and the challenges they face in the wild. The new penguin habitat consists of an 800-square-foot rocky, dry area and adjoining 9,000 gallon pool. Guests will come face to face with the penguins, viewing them both above and below the water through large acrylic windows and an acrylic underwater swimming tunnel.
At Conservation Outpost, informative graphics and video presentations inform park visitors of the challenges that manatees and endangered sea turtles face in the wild as well as the park’s rescue and rehabilitation program. In the adjoiningManatee Exhibit, guests come face-to-face with Florida’s state marine mammal, the manatee, through poolside and underwater viewing areas. The Manatee Presentation provides guests with an opportunity to learn about this fascinating and highly endangered animal and, more importantly, explains ways that guests can help save these gentle creatures of the sea.
Among the many other attractions and exhibits at the marine life entertainment park are favorites such as Discovery Bay, an endangered mangrove habitat, home to twenty Nile Crocodiles, white tailed deer, alligators and a host of native wild birds – herons, egrets and ibis. A majority of the endangered sea turtles in Discovery Bay are rescued and will be released after their rehabilitation. At the Discovery Bay Presentation guests get a unique look at native wildlife as a guide describes and feeds sea turtles and crocodiles. Guests are also taught how to protect the marine-life featured, especially the endangered sea turtles.
When Miami Seaquarium first opened in 1955, one of the main attractions was theShark Channel. Today, guests are still entranced by these fearsome creatures. At the Shark Presentation, animal care specialists feed 200-pound nurse sharks while explaining the different species of shark that exist around the world.
Another favorite attraction is the Main Reef Aquarium with its 300,000-gallon main tank teeming with reef fish of every size, color and description. During theReef Presentation, a diver slowly works his way around the tank allowing visitors to watch as he hand feeds the colorful tropical fish, large groupers, cobia and moray eels. This presentation is accompanied by an environmental narration. In addition to the Main Reef Aquarium, there are 26 “jewel” tanks that surround the Top Deck Dolphin Stadium, which present a wide variety of marine fish, corals, anemones and other marine-life.
Tropical Wings Exhibit allows park guests to have an up-close look at exotic birds that are native in tropical climates including macaws, flamingos and a variety of parrots. New to Tropical Wings is a state of the art 10,000 gallon interactiveStingray Exhibit and Touch Pool. Guests have the opportunity to feed Southern and Cownose stingrays and feel their gentle glide across their fingers. Daily feeding sessions provide the opportunity for guests to feed the Stingrays.
Throughout the day, guests may also enjoy the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit where they can encounter Harbor Seals and California Sea Lions. Daily feeding sessions give guests the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with these boisterous mammals.
Miami Seaquarium also features a children’s wet/dry playground area called “Salty’s Pirate Playground.” The attraction consists of a two-level pirate ship, 31 feet by 27 feet, located at the center of a shark filled moat. The pirate ship, featuring water blasters, cargo nets, punch bags, padded areas and a spiral slide, is geared to entertain kids ages two through twelve. In addition to this permanent themed structure, two more play areas have been added surrounding the pirate ship; one for kids ages five through twelve; and another for children ages two through five.
SHARKY’S SKY TRAIL
Sharky’s Sky Trail®, a ropes course adventure, is an interactive attraction at Miami Seaquarium. The multi-level aerial obstacle course is a challenging and fun experience perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Park guests are able to climb three stories in the air to face 18 challenges including rickety bridges, suspended ropes and other balancing obstacles while safely harnessed in an overhead track. An additional fee applies.
Miami Seaquarium opened its dolphin interaction facility on July 19th, 2007 called Dolphin Harbor. The 12,000 square foot facility, home to fourteen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and the park’s dolphin interaction programs, features a 700,000 gallon dolphin pool surrounded by an 8,000 square foot facility that includes a reception area, education seminar room, changing facilities and rest rooms. Dolphin Harbor offers guests two different interaction programs. Dolphin Odyssey is a one and a half hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program.
The Dolphin Encounter is a program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Dolphin Encounter participants must be at least five years of age and for those children under 9 years, an older sibling or adult must accompany the child as a participant.
Experience firsthand a different animal encounter program “Seal Swim.” The program is a unique deep and shallow water interaction with harbor seals. Miami Seaquarium is the only attraction in the U.S. to offer this exceptional animal encounter. The Seal Swim begins with you changing into one of our wetsuits and then enjoying a brief educational and safety talk with one of our seal trainers. You will then join the seals in the water for your 15-20 minute swim. During your interaction, you’ll be swimming freely alongside our seals then be introduced to your special seal friend to receive hugs, kisses, and take part in a fun training session.
SEA TREK REEF ENCOUNTER
Feels like walking on the moon, only you are submerged in a surreal underwater paradise where colorful tropical fish, large groupers, cobia, loggerhead sea turtles and moray eels abound. Unveiled at Miami Seaquarium in fall 2011, Sea Trek Reef Encounter is an underwater helmet diving experience that allows guests to come face to face with marine life, while moving in slow motion. Sea Trekking, developed by Sub Sea Systems, Inc. can be experienced by non-divers, ages 10 and above – no certification or swimming skills are necessary. In the magnificent Reef Aquarium at Miami Seaquarium, participants may Sea Trek as deep as 15 feet below the water. Unlike deep sea diving, the participant’s entire head stays dry throughout the entire experience.
TRAINER FOR A DAY
Those wondering what it’s like to work with Flipper or Salty the Sea Lion as a marine mammal trainer at Miami Seaquarium will enjoy our newest program “Trainer for a Day.” Participants work side-by-side with our trainers, receive training basics and orientations for each of our marquee shows, assist with daily show set-ups, watch and critique shows, and help with other essential activities. The full-day program also includes a Dolphin Odyssey, lunch with a trainer at Flipper Lagoon, photos, souvenirs and more.
All animal encounter programs have certain restrictions and are subject to availability. Expectant mothers are not allowed to participate. Program fees include one day’s admission to the park. For more information or to make a reservation please call (305) 365-2501.
GENERAL PARK INFORMATION
Food and gift outlets are located throughout the park for guest convenience. Menus range from salads and sandwiches to pizza, ice cream, Pink’s hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, soft drinks and beer. The gift shops offer a wide selection of unusual gifts, tee shirts, toys, games, plush animals, art objects and more. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations, marine-life exhibits and animal encounter programs. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $44.99* and $34.99* for children (ages 3-9) (*plus 7% sales tax). More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at www.miamiseaquarium.com.
Miami Seaquarium is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education.