There is nothing better than a luxury vacation in Miami and one of the best ways to spend your trip is by visiting the Seaquarium. It’s a fascinating and wonderful experience suited for families or couples. Everyone, of all ages can enjoy this amazing attraction and it’s conveniently located between Key Biscayne and downtown Miami on the Rickenbacker Causeway.
A Little Seaquarium History
The Seaquarium was South Florida’s very first marine-life attraction and it opened up in 1955. When it first opened, it was actually the largest attraction of its kind in the world. Throughout the years, the park has had many wonderful experiences such as the birth of the first manatee to be born in a manmade habitat and many dolphins have been born in the park, as well. Did you know that the famous dolphin that appeared in the hit TV show, Flipper was born in the Miami Seaquarium? You can even visit Flipper’s Beach Bash and watch a show, today.
Here are a few more interesting facts about the Seaquarium in Miami. It was the home to the very first:
- sea lion to have cataract surgery
- manatee to be diagnosed by an MRI test
- sea turtle to be treated for Epizootic disease and released
- manatee to be rehabilitated and survive Pyothorax (a deadly disease for manatees) and then released
- manatee to undergo neurological surgery using the rod and pin system
Today the Seaquarium offers a wide mixture of exhibits, shows, food and shopping opportunities for all ages. It is one of the most visited gated attractions in Miami. Here’s a little more about what you can expect to see when you visit the park.
The Miami Seaquarium offers four incredible shows that you don’t want to miss. Flipper’s Beach Bash gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the superstar himself and several of his bottlenose friends. They’re even located in the very same lagoon where the original TV show was filmed! The Golden Dome Sea Lion show features a Sea Lion named Salty and a few of his seal reef ranger friends performing a hilarious show about the sea animals searching for a diver who is littering the waters.
When you’re ready for a little more excitement, head over to the Top Deck Dolphin Rock n’ Roll Cruise show where you’ll see bottlenose dolphins performing incredible high-flying antics. These mammals are so agile and acrobatic that they’re sure to amaze and delight all viewers. Prepare to have your breath taken away when you enter the Killer Whale and Dolphin show. Nowhere else can you see a Killer Whale and white-sided dolphins playing and performing together as friends.
The Miami Seaquarium also has many exhibits to explore that offers fun and adventure for the whole family. From sea turtles to tropical birds, you can learn about many of the world’s amazing creatures in a controlled and fun environment, so it’s safe and educational.
The Seaquarium is located near several amazing luxury hotels where you can relax in style. Due to its location, you have an amazing view of both downtown and the Key Biscayne. Some of the luxury hotels located near Seaquarium includes the Mandarin Oriental, Delano and the Ritz Carlton. These are beautiful 5 star hotels that offer all the amenities you’ve come to love and expect from one of the hottest vacation destinations in the nation.
Visiting the Miami Seaquarium is a great attraction that complements a luxury vacation perfectly. It’s fun, entertaining and relaxing all at the same time. When it comes to prices, you have several admission options that include everything from a day pass to annual passes and they offer special discounts for members.
Have you ever visited the Miami Seaquarium? Which exhibit or show did you like the best?