Heading to Southern Florida and looking for some fun family activities to do?
We recommend you add a visit to the Miami Seaquarium to your vacation itinerary.
Every year thousands of tourists make their way to South Florida to enjoy the sunny weather and an abundant number of family-friendly attractions.
Miami Seaquarium is an oceanarium located in Key Biscayne that is one of the oldest oceanarium to still exist in the US.
Featuring shows which are entertaining and educational, you and your family will get a chance to see fishes, marine mammals, sting rays, sea lions, turtles, sharks, manatees, birds, reptiles, and more
Check out our helpful guide for visiting the Miami Seaquarium, packed full of ways to save on admission, tips for visiting, other nearby attractions, and much more.
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Tips for Visiting the Miami Seaquarium
If you’ve never been to Miami Seaquarium before, be prepared to be amazed!
When you first arrive at the attraction you will get a map of the park and a list of show times available that day. Use that to navigate through the park and make sure that your family can enjoy everything the park has to offer.
Here are some great tips for making the most out of your visit:
- Get there early. Showtimes will vary from day to day, but the only way to truly get a full experience you will need to be there for at least four hours.
- Take part in the experiences. Miami Seaquarium offers various experiences where you and your family will be able to swim with dolphins or fishes, enjoy the reef encounter, swim with seals, or be trainers for the day. Your kids will never forget the experience, and neither will you!
- Don’t miss any of the shows or exhibits. There is a lot to see here. Use the map you received to mark off everything you’ve seen. You’ll be awfully disappointed if you later find out that you missed out.
- Sit in the front row. In the Killer Whale and Dolphin show you will get to see the killer whale doing tricks, as well as get completely soaked by giant splashes. Kids absolutely love it!
- Take a lunch break. There are a lot of great places to eat inside of Miami Seaquarium. Take advantage of the great selection and take a lunch break. You and your family will be able to rest a bit, dry off, and enjoy some delicious pizza, ice cream, or barbeque.
- Plan Ahead. Miami Seaquarium is actually quite close to a few other great family-friendly attractions and beaches so you may want to plan ahead so that you can spend four to five hours at the park and the rest of the day exploring somewhere else.
Best Times to Visit
South Florida is beautiful almost all year round. The few times you need to be careful is during hurricane season, but as long as you check the news you’ll be fine.
During winter months, South Florida doesn’t get that cold, which means you can take advantage of your child’s winter break from school.
What You Should Bring
Keep in mind that you WILL get wet. Consider taking a towel and extra clothes or a raincoat in order to ensure that your drive back to the hotel will not be a wet one. You may even consider wearing a bathing suit with clothing over it so that you have proper “getting soaked” attire.
For the kids, remember to bring an extra pair of socks or even an extra pair of sneakers so that they don’t walk in wet shoes and end up with blisters. This is especially important if you plan on letting your children enjoy Salty’s Pirate Playground.
You should also remember to bring a waterproof or water resistant camera or camera phone. You’re going to want to take lots of photos and since the shows often include a lot of splashing using a product that is waterproof or purchasing waterproofing housing for your camera or camera phone will allow you to enjoy a worry-free day.
Most of Miami Seaquarium is outdoors, which is why you should take sunblock to apply and re-apply throughout the day. You may also want to bring sunglasses so that you don’t have to squint the entire day. Since most people who visit Miami Seaquarium spend at least 4 hours there you should bring with you healthy snacks for you and your family to snack on throughout the day.
Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water as well. If you forget the snacks and/or the bottle of water, don’t worry! There are concession stands and vending machines throughout the park filled with water, snacks, and other goodies.
What to Do There
Miami Seaquarium has four shows that occur throughout the day and there are nine exhibits that you can visit. Here are the shows and exhibits:
Killer Whale and Dolphin Show
If there’s one show you don’t want to miss it’s this one! Lolita the Killer Whale gives an incredible performance and leaves her audience shocked and soaked. She performs alongside Pacific White-sided Dolphins who do incredible aerial stunts.
Top Deck Dolphin Show
In this show, you will get to see bottlenose dolphins perform incredible acrobatic tricks.
The show is absolutely incredible and you’ll see dolphins leaping higher than you have ever seen before.
While the show isn’t going on you can still visit the top deck dolphins. Occasionally they will even have a baby dolphin swimming in the tank.
Flipper Dolphin Show
Even if you’ve seen the Flipper Dolphin Show before, you have not seen this show.
Miami Seaquarium recently upgraded the show and it’s better than ever! You’ll also get to enjoy a new exhibit at the entrance of Flipper’s stadium that contains images and memorabilia from the original Flipper television show.
Golden Dome Sea Lion Show
The Sea Lion Show is such a great time for the whole family. In the show, Reef Rangers go on comical adventures with a sea lion named Salty.
The entire show is entertaining and also teaches kids about the importance of not littering.
At the shark channel, you’ll be able to see caregivers feed sharks that are up to 200lbs. Miami Seaquarium has various sharks of different species and sizes.
This exhibit is breathtaking. Here you’ll look into a 750,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that is filled with various reefs, fishes, stingrays, eels.
If you are lucky enough to catch the Reef Presentation, you’ll get to watch a diver’s hand feed the fishes while listening to an educational narration.
The Manatee Exhibit allows you and your family to watch and learn about Florida’s magnificent endangered animal.
You can even go to underwater viewing areas to see them swimming. If you get lucky there may be a rescued baby manatee there as well.
Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit
At the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit you can look at, learn about, and feed seals and sea lions. You can even watch them playing and laying around in the sun.
If you’re heading down to South Florida you should also explore a few other family-friendly attractions.
It’s just a short drive over to Jungle Island, where you will find animal exhibits and shows that are fun for you and your whole family.
If you’re in the mood to take a tour of South Beach check out the famous Duck Tour South Beach. Their vehicles will go through the streets of South Beach and into the ocean.
Places to Eat Nearby
While you’re here you should take advantage and get yourself some Paradise Cove barbeque. You won’t need to leave the park to find food and you’ll be able to get something delicious for your whole family.
If you prefer not to eat inside of Miami Seaquarium you can drive over to the Rusty Pelican. They are very well known for their food and the view, so be sure to ask for a table outside.
Need to Know
- Open 365 days a year, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Directions & Address
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
Driving: I-95 S, to Exit 1 (Miami Seaquarium), and follow the signs to Key Biscayne and Rickenbacker Causeway. US-1 N, exit to right just before the I-95 on- ramp, and follow the signs to Key Biscayne and Rickenbacker Causeway.
Parking is $10 and is not included with your admission.
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