Throughout its 50-plus year history in South Florida, Miami Seaquarium® has been a strong community partner. By supporting a wide variety of community based non-profit organizations as well as providing employment opportunities for South Florida residents and financial support to Miami Dade County, the park is committed to helping the community of which it is a part.
The park has actively supported a long list of worthy causes throughout South Florida. These have included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House Charities, UNICEF, Boys and Girls Club, and Amigos for Kids, The AROD Family Foundation, Dan Marino Foundation, Alonzo Mourning Charities, American Red Cross, and the Hispanic American Firefighters Association to name just a few.
Besides monetary contributions to worthy causes, Miami Seaquarium® actively seeks to contribute to the community by creating events that cater to those who need them the most. For the past two years, the park has organized the ‘Give $4, Save 40%’ program, providing a way for park guests to support a variety of conservation efforts by donating to select wildlife charities. Miami Seaquarium is also host to the annual Miami-Dade Coastal Clean-up After Party, rewarding hundreds of volunteers for their dedication to keeping Miami-Dade’s waterways and coastlines clean.
Children from charities such as 'Children's Home Society of Florida', 'Charlee Homes for Children' and the 'Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida' united for a beach cleanup in the Virginia Key Beach area while being accompanied by their favorite Miami Seaquarium® costume characters, Flipper the dolphin and Lolita the killer whale. Children involved in the clean up received a free lunch, a complimentary goody bag from Miami Seaquarium®, and all-day free admission to the park.
Miami Seaquarium® has also devoted time and dedication to the needs of the challenged members of our community. The park has hosted Summer School programs for blind students of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The children of this organization have gone behind the scenes with dolphin superstars Flipper and friends for a rare, multi-sensory and unforgettable interaction session with our dolphins at Miami Seaquarium®.
Today, Miami Seaquarium® continues as strong economic engine in the community, employing over 225 full and part-time employees. The park is the third largest single contributor to Miami-Dade County's revenue through land lease payments and taxes.
With the passing of time, Miami Seaquarium® continues to be an asset to South Florida, and is a proud leader in hard work and dedication to the needs of our community.