Whether swimming deep beneath the surface or leaping high above the water, the sealife of Miami Seaquarium® will delight and astound. Take a look at all we have to offer. There's an experience for every member of the family.
Learn about our African penguins at Penguin Isle and immerse yourself in their environment with our all-new penguin encounter! Providing a unique interaction with one of the world’s most beloved birds, you can experience them in an intimate setting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with a penguin one-on-one.
Explore the ocean’s most loved creatures during this deep-water experience. You’ll have approximately 30 minutes to share all sorts of behaviors, including kisses, handshakes, rubs, training techniques and feeding your new friend. Hang on! The experience is highlighted by an awesome dorsal pull that’ll show you the true power of these amazing creatures.
This fun-filled shallow water program is a great way for young and old alike to have an unforgettable experience with a dolphin. During an Encounter, the dolphin swims to you while you stand in just a few feet of water. You’ll have approximately 30 minutes to do things like shake hands, share a friendly kiss and even try out some of our training signals.
Our VIP Tour is an interactive 2 1/2-hour program where you may have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of our exotic animal friends. A personal tour guide will take you on a fascinating adventure where you will experience a variety of activities that may include meeting an iguana or macaw, feeding our manatees, stingrays and sea turtles and a photo opportunity with a sea lion or dolphin.
Sea Trek Reef Encounter is an underwater walking journey through our 300,000 gallon tropical reef. While wearing a state-of-the-art dive helmet that allows you to breathe freely, you'll feel right at home under the sea. During your 20-minute journey, you'll encounter tropical fish, sting rays and a variety of unique sea creatures.
Our Seal Swim program is a unique deep and shallow water interaction with harbor seals. During your 15-20 minute interaction, you’ll be swimming freely alongside our seals and then be introduced to your special seal friend to receive hugs, kisses, and take part in a fun training session. You’ll also enjoy a full day of shows and exhibits at Miami Seaquarium.
As Trainer for a Day participant, you can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience like no other! Working side-by-side with our trainers, you'll 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.
Thrill to the high-flying antics of bottlenose dolphins as they perform breathtaking leaps and rolls. Guests thrill to the acrobatics of these agile marine mammals as they brave “rough waters” during the Rock n’ Roll Cruise. 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.
Enjoy the hilarious adventures of Salty the Sea Lion and his Reef Rangers. This comedic playlet allows the sea lion and seal stars to show off their athletic and comedic abilities as they explore the reef searching for a littering diver. You, too, can be a Reef Ranger by helping protect our waters from trash and recycling whenever possible.
The new Caribbean themed show, with a new set, music, and behaviors will let everyone know what Flipper has been up to in recent years. While the show demonstrates that Flipper’s surroundings may have changed, his core commitment to helping out when there is a need has not. In addition, a new historic display of images and nostalgia from the original TV show will be on exhibit at the entrance of Flipper's stadium.
There’s only one place where you’ll find Pacific white-sided dolphins living, playing and performing alongside a killer whale! Be amazed and delighted by Lolita the Killer Whale and her exotic Pacific white-sided dolphin friends as they show off their natural grace, beauty and intelligence through the special relationship between animal and trainer.
Learn about the challenges that manatees and endangered sea turtles face in the wild as well as the park’s rescue and rehabilitation program. Enjoy a display of informative graphics and videos of our rescue team on a mission. You might even catch a glimpse of our Rescue truck on display!
In a joint effort to advance the conservation and restoration of reefs, Miami Seaquarium and University of Miami’s RSMAS has added a new exhibit: ‘Rescue a Reef’! Take a look at the 500- gallon jewel tank aquarium showcasing the university’s coral reef restoration program. The University of Miami’s coral restoration program is a citizen science project designed to support coral reef research and restoration activities to restore local staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) populations on Miami’s coral reefs.
Meet the newest creatures to call Miami Seaquarium® their home – African Penguins living at the brand new Penguin Isle. As soon as guests walk up to Penguin Isle, they will be greeted over-sized, colorful graphics and educational displays about penguins and the challenges they face in the wild.
When Miami Seaquarium® first opened in 1955, one of the main attractions was the Shark Channel. Today, guests are still entranced by these fearsome creatures. At the Shark Presentation, animal care specialists feed 200-pound sharks while explaining the various species of shark that exist worldwide.
A favorite among park visitors, the Main Reef Aquarium features a 750,000-gallon saltwater aquarium teeming with reef fishes of every size, color and description. During the Reef Presentation, a diver accompanied by a group of Sea Trekers slowly work their way around the aquarium allowing visitors to watch as he/she hand-feeds the colorful tropical fish, large groupers, cobia, stingrays and moray eels. This presentation is accompanied by an informational narration.
At the Manatee Exhibit, guests come face-to-face with Florida's state marine mammal through poolside and underwater viewing areas. The Manatee Presentation provides an opportunity to learn about this fascinating and federally endangered animal and, more importantly, explains ways that guests can help save these gentle creatures of the sea. The manatees featured are part of the rescue and rehabilitation program at Miami Seaquarium®.
The Seal & Sea Lion Feeder Pool is adjacent to the The Golden Dome, a Miami landmark designed by architect Buckminster Fuller. Throughout the day, guests may enjoy the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit, where they can observe Sea Lions and Seals as they frolic in the South Florida sun. Daily feeding sessions provide the opportunity for guests to feed some of these playful and boisterous mammals.
View sea turtles, Florida birds and other wild-life in a natural mangrove forest environment. Explore our sea turtle exhibit to learn more about the 5 endangered sea turtle species that live in Florida waters. The sea turtles featured are part of the rescue and rehabilitation program at Miami Seaquarium®.
View a variety of tropical birds, including Cockatiels, Macaws, Flamingos and our resident peacock, Peeps. Listen carefully and one of our parrots may just greet you with a subtle “hello.” Our animal keepers are on hand to answer any questions you may have and tell you more about the birds we have on exhibit. Tropical Wings is also home to our Stingray Touch Pool.
Explore the stunning variety of tropical marine life that inhabits the aquariums lining the walls of the Top Deck Dolphin area. These aquariums feature an array of interesting fish species with unique characteristics. Explore a number of ocean creatures from Florida Lobsters that live in local reefs to the invasive Red Lion Fish which was recently discovered in Caribbean waters but are originally from the Pacific and Indian oceans.
Crocodylus niloticus, also known as Nile Crocodiles, are the center of attention in their home at Discovery Bay's Upper Island, known as Crocodile Flats. This exhibit is made up of 32 tons of rock, 72 tons of beach sand, coconut and sable palm trees. The crocodiles are 6 ½ to 8 feet long and when fully grown can reach a size of 16 feet and nearly 1,000 pounds. Their main diet consists of chicken, fish, and rabbit.
Meet the newest creatures to call Miami Seaquarium® their home - Southern and Cownose Stingrays who have taken up residence in a new 10,000 gallon touch pool, located inside the Tropical Wings Exhibit at Miami Seaquarium®. The new interactive exhibit, gives park guests the opportunity to feed and feel the gentle glide of these amazing creatures at their fingertips. Daily feeding sessions provide the opportunity for guests to feed the Stingrays.
Sharky’s Sky Trail is a multi-level aerial obstacle course that provides a challenging and fun experience for the whole family. Park guests will be 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, you walk the planks and tiptoe the tightropes 32 feet above Miami Seaquarium®!
Batten down the hatches and walk the plank at Salty’s Pirate Playground, a wet/dry playground area. 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, padded areas and a spiral slide, entertains buccaneers ages two through twelve.
The African Penguin is the only species that breeds in Africa. You can’t find them anywhere else! Their scientific name comes from the Greek work spen which means wedge and demersus which means plunging. This refers to their streamlined bodies which enable them to swim fast and travel long distances.
Sea turtles have inhabited the earth's waters for millions of years. Sea turtles live for long periods of time but scientists are not certain of their life spans as sea turtles can outlive the scientists. Currently, five of the eight recognized species of sea turtle can be found in the waters surrounding Florida.
Known for its unusually large head, the loggerhead is the most widely seen sea turtle in South Florida. The carapace, top shell, and flippers are usually a reddish-brown color while their plastron, bottom shell is yellow. Loggerhead turtles can be seen throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
Often referred to as the champion of all sea turtles, the leatherback turtle grows the largest, dives the deepest, and travels the furthest. Adults of this species can grow 4 to 8 feet in length and can weigh 500 to 2000 pounds. The leatherback can be seen worldwide from the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
One of the largest of the eight species of sea turtles, the green turtle has been documented to grow to a maximum of about 4 feet and weigh 440 pounds. The shell is considered heart-shaped in appearance. An adult female green sea turtle may lay up to nine nests in one season, which runs from June through September. Green sea turtles can be found in seen in shallow waters inside reefs.
The Hawksbill is a small to medium sea turtle, with a yellow, orange, or reddish-brown coloration in its carapace. The head of a Hawksbill is quite small with a distinctive hawk-like beak. An adult Hawksbill turtle may reach up to 3 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. Hawksbills are frequently found in rocky areas, coral reefs, and shallow coastal waters.
The endangered Kemp's Ridley turtle is one of the smallest sea turtles, with full-grown adults reaching about 2 feet in length and weighing around 100 pounds. This turtle has a triangular-shaped head with a hooked beak, which allows for the diet of mostly crabs. The range of this turtle includes the Gulf coasts of Mexico and the United States, and the Atlantic coast of North America.
Although called a whale, the killer whale actually belongs to the dolphin family of marine mammals. The killer whale, or orca, has achieved popularity through conservation efforts in the 1970s and through its common home in marine life parks. Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family and are known as the "wolves of the sea" for their fierce and cooperative hunting practices.
Because of their striking black and white colorings, Pacific white-sided dolphins are often mistaken for baby killer whales. Also known as lags, Pacific white-sided dolphins are found in the offshore temperate waters of the northern Pacific Ocean. They prefer deep water with surface temperatures between 42º and 63º F.
Bottlenose dolphins are one of the most popular and well known cetacean species in society today. Because of their ability to adapt to human care, as well as learn new behaviors, they are the most studied of all dolphin species.
The scientific order, Pinnipedia, consist of seals, sea lions, and walruses. The word pinnipedia means fin or feather footed. All members of this order are expert divers and have four swimming flippers. Here at Miami Seaquarium® we have Harbor Seals and California Sea Lions.
Harbor seals are found in temperate, sub-arctic and arctic waters of the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. Harbor seals eat squid, crustaceans, and various fish including salmon, herring, and also flounder. Adult males can grow up to 6 feet and weigh around 375 pounds, while adult females can grow around 6 feet and weigh around 330 pounds.
California Sea Lions can be found along the west coast of North America from southern British Columbia to northern Mexico. Their diet consists of squids, octopuses, and various fish including salmon, herring, and anchovies. Adults can grow to 8 feet and weigh up to 880 pounds, while females can grow up to 6.5 feet and weigh up to 240 pounds.
Manatees are herbivores that spend most of their time feeding and resting. The remainder of the day is spent traveling, investigating objects and interacting with other manatees. Manatees are mammals, which means that the must come to the surface to breathe. The surface approximately every five minutes to breathe. However, they can hold their breath for as long as twenty minutes when resting.