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Miami Seaquarium:

Since 1955, Miami’s Seaquarium has attracted locals and tourists alike. Once it was a world class installation, far and away the most advanced of its time. Few were the package tours to Miami from abroad that did not include a visit to this venerable institution.

But soon it was to be eclipsed by the super marine parks of Sea World and the rest of the Orlando area attractions. Now it mostly attracts a local market, albeit a market that has grown enormously since 1955.

The Miami Seaquarium isn’t a cheap day out. A hefty US$ 41.00 admission for adults and US$ 32.00 (plus tax) for children 9 and under (though that’s half of what you pay for Sea World). The cost is exacerbated by an annoying US$ 8.00 parking fee and US$ 4 Pepsis. Look on the web site for a US$ 2.00 to US$ 8.00 discount coupon per person. Being very careful, my grandson and I spent over US$ 100.00 just on admission, parking, one drink, one hot dog and one chicken sandwich.

That being said, you may ask is it worth it? I would say yes. I saw no long faces amongst the crowds and children and adults seemed to be having a good time. There is a remarkable amount to see in a relatively small area, including two dolphin shows, a sea lion magic show, Lolita the killer whale, an impressive coral reef aquarium and various wildlife exhibitions. It’s not as hard on the feet as Orlando attractions, and there are virtually no lines. That alone is worth the outing.

My grandson sat in the “spash area” at the whale show. He told me his Mum would not be pleased if he came home soaking wet! Until he dried off after about ten minutes, he was seriously thinking of not going home at all!

As a young lad, he was fascinated to see sharks leap into the air and tear a dangling fish to pieces. My day was made when a daring great white heron stole a chicken leg from a crocodile, and swallowed it whole (the chicken leg, not the crocodile!). You could see the leg descending its throat. Awesome!

It took us about four hours to see every show and visit every attraction, though if you are a little less organized, it will take longer. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

The food offered at the attraction is somewhat basic. It will keep you alive, but not much else. At least they did not have grilled dolphin on the menu, an item that always distresses the uninitiated.

All in all, it makes a great day out with the kids and remember to keep off those US$ 4 Pepsis!

Attraction Hours
09:30 AM to 06:00 PM daily all year

General Admission

Adults US$41.00
Children 3-9 US$32.00
Children 3 and Under Free
Seniors 55 and older with ID US$2.00 discount
Purchase online US$2.00 discount
Plus 7% Florida sales tax

Unique experiences, including swimming with dolphins and seals
From US$ 150.00. Must be booked in advance online at Experiences


On site parking US$8.00

Bus services
B (102) Brickell Metrorail Station to Key Biscayne and Seaquarium. Every 30 mins. From Miami Beach buses C, and S. go to Miami Government Center Metrorail Station. Hop on the Metrorail South over the Miami River to the next station (Brickell). If you are in Coconut Grove or University of Miami area, 48 connects with B at the entrance to the Rickenbacker Causeway. In places where there is no direct service, due to uncertain connections, it could take up to two hours to get to Key Biscyane on public transportation.

The Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne is located at the end of the I-95 motorway. It is a toll bridge presently charging US$ 1.50 per car for entrance. Does not accept SunPass. Exit on return is no charge.

From the north, take motorway I-95 to Exit 1A to Rickenbacker Causeway. Follow directions to toll booth.
From the south, take US1 to Brickell Avenue. Follow directions to toll booth.

Address and Contacts
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
T: Tel: 305-361-5705 F: 305-365-0075

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Link to Miami Seaquarium


Lolita the Whale
Seaquarium Entrance
Lolita the Whale

Riding the Dolphins

Jumping Dolphins
Riding the Dolphins
Jumping Dolphins