About Miami Seaquarium®

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On a 38-acre tropical paradise with spectacular skyline views lies a South Florida attraction like no other. Welcome to Miami Seaquarium®, a place where dolphins walk on water and killer whales fly through the air. Where sea lions delight children of all ages and endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven. Enjoy a world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and astonishing daily presentations. Miami Seaquarium® is a place of inspiration, education - and fun!

  • Park Information
  • History
  • Conservation
  • FAQs

Park Hours

Miami Seaquarium® is opened 365 days a year. Daily admission includes a fun filled day of marine-life shows and exhibits on 38 beautiful acres overlooking the Miami skyline.

Visit our Calendar for park hours.

Show Times

Please allow at least 4 hours to see all of our shows and exhibits. Show times do vary from day to day and are established each morning. For a given day's show times call 305-361-5705 ext 0 and speak to the "receptionist."

Due to routine maintenance at our Killer Whale and Dolphin Stadium, there will be no Killer Whale and Dolphin show until further notice. Guests can still enjoy the Golden Dome Sea Lion Show, Top Deck Dolphin Show and Flipper Dolphin Show. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Overview

Miami Seaquarium®,South Florida’s premier attraction, boasts a wide variety of marine life, remarkable educational programs and state of the art rescue and rehabilitation efforts. The public relations team at Miami Seaquarium is available to assist working media on a variety of editorial projects. Media visits offer the unique opportunity to explore Miami Seaquarium® and speak with a variety of animal and tourism experts.

Members of the media who would like to schedule a visitor need assistance with a story should email pr@msq.cc or call 305-361-5705 ext. 525. We look forward to greeting you at Miami Seaquarium®


1954 Wealthy industrialist Fred D. Coppock of Greenville, Ohio sets forth his 14-year dream to build a $2,000,000 aquarium in Miami.
1955 Miami Seaquarium rescues and cares for Little Mamie, an orphaned baby manatee as the park undergoes construction.
1955 Miami Seaquarium opens its doors as one of America’s first marine-life parks on 38 acres leased from Dade County. The park opened with just three major exhibit elements: the Top Deck Dolphin pool, Reef Tank facility and the Shark Channel.
1960 The Golden Dome Stadium, designed by architect Buckminster Fuller, is completed. The geodesic dome structure quickly becomes a Miami landmark.
1960 Palooza, a Miami Seaquarium bachelor porpoise, is sent to Italy to marry a female porpoise named Lalla.
1962 Carolina Snowball, the albino porpoise arrives at the park.
1963 Miami’s first monorail and the first in the eastern part of the country, goes up at 33 feet above ground taking passengers on a 2,300 foot sightseeing ride of Biscayne Bay, Miami and the ocean.
1963 Filmmaker Ivan Tors shoots the “Flipper” Television show pilot at Miami Seaquarium. Over the next six years scores of “Flipper” television episodes and several movies are shot at Miami Seaquarium’s Flipper lagoon.
1967 The first of several “Salty the Sea Lion” movies are filmed at Miami Seaquarium.
1968 Miami Seaquarium welcomes the arrival of Hugo, it’s First Killer Whale to the park. The whale is named after Hugo Vihlen, the man who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a six-foot sailboat.
1970 The Killer Whale and Dolphin stadium is completed and killer whale Lolita arrives at Miami Seaquarium.
1975 First female baby manatee is conceived and born in captivity.
1985 Sea Lion Amanda is the first sea lion to undergo cataract surgery.
1986 For the first time in history, Miami Seaquarium had one of its dolphins X-rayed. The diagnostic procedure allowed veterinarians to determine the dolphin had bronchitis.
1992 Hurricane Andrew strikes South Florida in early morning August 24. Miami Seaquarium is heavily damaged and remains closed until December 15.
1993 Manatee Caroline is the first manatee to ever receive an MRI test in order to determine her illness.
1998 Miami Seaquarium kicks off its Water and Dolphin Exploration program. Guests can enter the Flipper Lagoon for an up close dolphin encounter.
1999 A combined team of expert veterinarians and two neurosurgeons from the University of Miami perform the first neurological surgery on an injured manatee at Miami Seaquarium. They utilized the same rod and pin system on manatee Nash that is used to repair human spinal cord injuries.
2000 Miami Seaquarium welcomes a new species to its marine life family. Twenty-six Nile Crocodiles find themselves at home at Miami’s premier attraction.
2001 Miami Seaquarium successfully releases a manatee with an amputated flipper into the waters of Biscayne Bay. Manatee Venus suffered severe fishing line entanglement in her right flipper. As a result, a serious infection had set in and the veterinary staff at Miami Seaquarium had to amputate her flipper in order to save her life.
2002 Miami Seaquarium welcomes the birth of the first Pacific white-sided dolphin born under the care of man.
2003 Phoenix, a 10 year-old manatee who has never given birth, becomes the spontaneous lactating sea cow surrogate mom to an orphan calf.
2003 Miami Seaquarium rehabilitates and releases the first manatee to survive a deadly condition called Pyothorax known to kill all previous manatees. (Gulliver)
2004 Buttons, the smallest manatee to have ever been rescued and rehabilitated by a facility is released back to the wild.
2005 Miami Seaquarium celebrates 50 years of education, entertainment, conservation, and community involvement. Windows to the Sea building remodeled and reopened for new generations to enjoy.
2006 First and only manatee twins born under the care of man. (Pumpkin & Patch)
2007 Miami Seaquarium opens its brand new swim with the dolphins facility ‘Dolphin Harbor’
2009 Miami Seaquarium veterinary staff travel to New Jersey to rescue Ilya, the wayward manatee, from frigid waters after getting lost while migrating north. Ilya was transported by the Coast Guard and successfully released back into South Florida’s warm waters off the Miami Seaquarium sea wall.
2010 Miami Seaquarium opens the next branch of its interactive facilities, a 10,000 gallon Sting Ray Touch Pool as part of the Tropical Wings exhibit.
2010 For the first time in Miami Seaquarium history, two pacific harbor seals are born at the park.
2011 Miami Seaquarium introduces Sea Trek Reef Encounter, an underwater helmet diving adventure. The program offers guest the opportunity to explore the park’s 300,000 gallon reef aquarium without any specialized training.
2011 Sharky’s Sky Trail, a ropes course adventure, opens creating additional fun for the whole family. The attraction features a 3 story ropes course with 18 aerial challenges ranging from tight ropes to suspended bridges. 

Rescue & Rehabilitation at Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium® is committed to wildlife conservation and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of distressed marine mammals. This commitment began even before the park first opened its doors. In July of 1955, the park's conservation work began when Maime, a 3 week old, 47 pound manatee was rescued after being injured.

Since that first rescue in 1955, Miami Seaquarium® has rescued, rehabilitated and released countless manatees, sea turtles, dolphins and whales. Since 2002 alone, more than 80 manatees that have been rescued and rehabilitated at Miami Seaquarium®. In the last decade more than 200 sea turtles were rehabilitated under our care.

Miami Seaquarium® is one of only three facilities in the State of Florida with a letter of authorization from the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Manatee Critical Care Facility. The park's highly trained animal rescue team includes divers, staff veterinarians and animal caretakers who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As a part of its commitment to conservation Miami Seaquarium® has documented many firsts in the area of marine-mammal care in its 50-year history. These 'firsts' include:

  • The first manatee to be conceived and born in the care of man.
  • The first manatee rehabilitation facility to document "spontaneous lactation" among female manatees
  • The first Sea Lion to undergo cataract surgery
  • The first manatee to be diagnosed with an MRI test
  • The first neurological surgery performed on an injured manatee using the same rod and pin system used to repair human spinal cord injuries
  • The rehabilitation and release of the first manatee to survive a deadly condition called Pyothorax known to be fatal to all previous manatees
  • The release of the smallest manatee to have ever been rescued, rehabilitated and released.
  • The first facility to synchronize female dolphin's reproductive cycles for potential artificial insemination.
  • First facility to successfully treat a sea turtle from an emerging Epizootic disease for release back into the wild

Today Miami Seaquarium® is at the forefront of sea turtle and manatee rescue and rehabilitation techniques and is recognized as having one of the leading marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation teams in the country.


Have a question about Miami Seaquarium®? Select a topic from our knowledgebase and we will help answer it.

Do you have a kennel to put our dog in while we visit?

No we do not have any type of facilities for pets. Only service dogs with proper identification are permitted on park grounds.

Do you have any wheelchairs or strollers available for the public?
Yes, we do have wheelchairs and strollers available for rent from the Guest Services area at the entrance of the park on a first come, first serve basis.

Is there a way to arrive at the Seaquarium in way of public transportation?
Yes, there are various ways to arrive here by public transportation. For more detailed information contact Miami-Dade County transit, 305-770-3131.
 
When is Miami Seaquarium® closed?
Miami Seaquarium® is open 365 days a year.

What are your annual pass rates? Or does one purchase a one day admission and get one year access?
Adult Annual pass rates are $59.99 (plus tax). 
Child (3 to 9) Annual pass rates are $49.99 (plus tax).

Is it possible for you to send me a list of all main show times?
Show times do vary from day to day and are established each morning. In general, it takes about four hours to tour the whole park, and the best times to arrive to see the full cycle of shows and presentations are 9:30am and 12:00pm.

I attended an industry reception last year, can you tell me a little more about your corporate events?
Have Miami's biggest star, Lolita the Killer Whale, host your next corporate event. Miami Seaquarium®'s corporate sales team will customize your function and create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. For more information, call 305-365-2518 or e-mail sales@msq.cc

My daughter is planning to get married in February and we are looking to rent a space for a reception of approximately 150 people. Do you have this capability?

Yes, Miami Seaquarium® is a unique, romantic tropical waterfront setting for all your wedding needs. Our property boasts a permanent party tent, beautiful gardens, on-and-off-site catering, a large parking area, and spectacular skyline views. For more information on weddings at Miami Seaquarium contact Imagine Wedding & Events, 305-421-1950.

Can I schedule a birthday party for my child, what are your rates?
Yes. Miami Seaquarium® offers several birthday party programs. You and your family can have a birthday party while the park is open or you can schedule a sleep-over-style slumber party. Contact our reservations department for pricing information at 305-365-2507.


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