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    Miami Seaquarium: how to visit the famous water park of the city

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    On the island of Virginia Key in beautiful Biscayne Bay is one of the oldest and largest water parks in the United States: the Miami Seaquarium. Created in 1955 by Fred D. Coppock and Captain WB Gray, the park now welcomes an average of 500.000 visitors a year, coming from various parts of the world to admire dolphins, sharks, manatees, sea turtles and the Lolita orca, the oldest orca kept in captivity in the world (and the only one in the park after the death of 'comrade' Hugo in a tank accident in 1980). Every day the park offers shows and exhibitions, as well as carrying out educational programs and conservation of marine animals.


    • History and curiosity
    • Where is it and how to get there
      • By car
      • Con i mezzi pubblici
    • Timetable and cost of tickets
      • Standard visit
      • Special programs
      • Entry with Miami Passes

    History and curiosity

    Who does not remember the TV series Flipper? The 88 episodes of one of the most loved shows by adults and children were filmed right at the Miami Sea Acquarium between 1963 and 1967. The two films dedicated to the magnificent dolphin were also filmed here.

    1963 is a special year for the water park as the Miami Seaquarium Spacerail, the first suspended monorail in the United States, is inaugurated. Having only one stop, its functionality was not to transport visitors inside the park but to be a real attraction in itself. The monorail allowed, in fact, to see not only a large part of the park but also the skyline of Miami from above. In 1991, however, during the renovation and enlargement of the Miami Seaquarium, its demolition was decided as it is now obsolete and too expensive to maintain.

    Where is it and how to get there

    The Miami Seaquarium is located at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami-Dade County, not far from downtown Miami. Reaching the park is simple both by car and by public transport. Also, as this is a major Miami attraction, many hotels offer transportation to and from the Miami Seaquarium. If you are staying in a Miami hotel, then check with the concierge to see if they offer this option.

    By car

    If you have a car, you can get to the Miami Seaquarium easily. Coming from the north, take I-95 South, exit at Exit 1A (Miami Seaquarium) and follow signs for Key Biscayne and Rickenbacker Causeway. Coming from the South, however, take US1 North, exit right just before the slip road to I-95 and follow signs for Key Biscayne and Rickenbacker Causeway. The parcheggio for cars, motorcycles and campers it costs 10 dollars a day.

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    Con i mezzi pubblici

    Brickell Station it is the best place to reach the Miami Seaquarium, whether you are in Miami Beach, Downtown or other neighborhoods in the city of Miami. From the west side of Brickell Station, in fact, just take thebus 102 and in about 20 minutes you will reach the aquarium.

    Timetable and cost of tickets

    The Miami Seaquarium is open every day of the year from 10am to 00pm. Consider spending inside the park at least 4 hours, so you can see the various daily shows and the different areas. The ticket office closes at 16:30.

    The Miami Seaquarium offers different types of tickets and the cost varies a lot depending on the experiences you want to participate in.

    Standard visit

    The standard ticket costs $ 47.99 for adults and $ 37.99 for children between 3 and 9 years old. By purchasing it you will have the opportunity to participate for the whole day in the shows and exhibitions that the park organizes. You will be able to admire the dolphin stunts, the fun sea lion show, the killer whale Lolita performing alongside the dolphins and the performance dedicated to Flipper.

    You can also get your hands in the Touch Pools and maybe touch sharks or other fish, see pink flamingos and learn a lot about sea turtles, penguins, sea lions and tropical fish found in the Tropical Reef area.

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    Special programs

    In addition to the standard visit, the water park offers various special programs that, by personalizing the visit, will allow you to have a unique experience with the animals you love most.

    • Dolphin Odyssey: the Dolphin Odyssey program costs $ 220.00 and in addition to all the experiences included in the standard visit ticket, it offers you the opportunity to spend 30 minutes inside the dolphin pool: you can feed them and you will receive kisses, squeezes in return of 'fin' and an exciting journey in the water on the back of the dolphin.
    • Dolphin Encounter: The Dolphin Encounter program costs $ 160 and will allow you to spend 30 minutes in the company of dolphins and their trainers, only partially immersing yourself in the pool with them.
    • Seal Swim: The Seal Swim program costs $ 160 and offers the opportunity to swim with the seals, be hugged and kissed by them and participate in a training section. The experience lasts 15-20 minutes and includes the experiences foreseen in the standard visit.
    • Penguin Encounter: With the Penguin Encounter program you will come into close contact with penguins in their habitat, you will be able to touch and interact with them and you will learn all about these beautiful animals. The ticket includes the experiences of the regular visit and costs 120 dollars.
    • Sea Trek Reef Encounter: at a cost of 100 dollars you can enter the tropical fish tank and, wearing a special helmet that allows you to breathe underwater, 'stroll' to discover the coral reef and its inhabitants. The experience lasts 20 minutes.
    • Vip Tour: guided tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes to discover the park's animals. A private guide will show you around the various areas of the park and you will have the opportunity to touch and interact with various animals. The cost is $ 149.00.
    • Trainer for a day: The Trainer for a day program costs $ 495 and will make you a trainer for a day! You will work side by side with the trainers of each show, helping them train the dolphins, sea lions and other protagonists of the day's performances. In addition, the ticket includes lunch with the trainers and an orientation and guidance section for a future career in this role. The ticket for this program includes the Dolphin Odyssey experience.

    Entry with Miami Passes

    As we have seen, the entrance is not very cheap, so you could consider buying the Go Miami Card or of the Sightseeing Pass. The Miami Seaquarium, in fact, is one of the attractions included in both passes. In our article dedicated to Miami passes to visit the best of the city while saving money, you will find more information.

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