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“Absolute waste of money!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
305-361-5705
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$75*
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Ranked #41 of 294 things to do in Miami
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Swimming with dolphins
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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. You've heard the mysterious legends and fascinating facts about dolphins, one of the world's most magnificent marine mammals. Now, you can have a hands-on experience with one of these amazing animals at Dolphin Harbor, the new home to our dolphin interaction programs at Miami Seaquarium.Miami Seaquarium® is a place of inspiration, education - and fun!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Rudolfstetten, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Absolute waste of money!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

So far our worst trip around Miami and an absolute waste of money! Within one hour we walked trough the whole park, talked, took pictures.. within 1 hour for over 40$ per person! This place is a huge children playground - and nothing more. The tanks for the animals are really small (look at the attached picture from the Manatee cage! The could just turn around the whole day in a tank with nothing more than water and there p**p.)
The main attraction, the Orca, is just a show and starts at 1pm, so you are basically forced to stay until 1pm just to see the Orca... we were there at 09:30am and left around 11 after searching in the whole parks for animals we didn't already see.
The Zoo Zurich in Switzerland got way more fishtanks and they are even more beautiful, and thats not even a "special Seaqarium".
Funny was the fact, that the main playground for children is surrounded bi a huge fishtank with the only sharks in it. And it's so easy to jump into the tank for every child - yes I know that these are no "man-eater sharks", but still, they are over 2 meter long and are sharks.

The mangrove exhibition with the crocodiles and turtels was indeed nicely built and designed, but that can not justify the 40$ entrance fee per person.

All in all definitely no recommendation! Take the way to the Seaworld in Orlando FL or San Diego CA.

Visited January 2013
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review Miami Seaquarium. Many of the Manatees housed at the Miami Seaquarium are being rehabilitated back to health after they have suffered incidents in their natural habitat. We thank you for sharing your experience and hope that in the future you give us a second chance.

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worn out, tired attraction!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We just spent a wonderful Christmas in south Florida and thought we would go the the Seaquarium one afternoon for a nice family activity. Our first surprise was the fee to park of $8.00. The second surprise was the $39.99 price for each of the 4 adult tickets we purchased. Once through the gate our experience went downhill. We entered a worn out, tired looking attraction that needs a facelift now! Not only that, the water in several of the tanks looked dirty and was not clear for viewing of the fish. The killer whale show was especially sad because the tank seemed very undersized for this beautiful mammal! We were happy to leave after a less than wonderful experience. We will not return.

Visited December 2012
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review Miami Seaquarium. We are sorry to hear that you did not know of our parking or entrance fees, these are on our website and from time to time we offer special promotions on our entrance fee. Some of the animals at the Miami Seaquarium are being rehabilitated and all of our animals are treated wonderfully. We hope to see you again.

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Miami Seaquarium
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San Francisco, California
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“dated facilities in need of revival, but still enjoyable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Original location for Flipper, but seems to have not been updated much since -- everything seems dated and a bit rundown. The killer whale and dolphin shows are enjoyable and worth seeing, although less professional than comparable shows at Sea World. Sea lion show was less impressive. Otherwise, a decent collection of fish and animals. Location on Key Biscayne is pleasant. All considered, a bit expensive for the value with tickets $40 and parking $12, but still an enjoyable way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Visited December 2012
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review; we are always working on making updates and its great to know that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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“Outstanding...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

While at first we were surprised that there wasn't a lot to look at and there were lots of odd things like remote control cars, we realized it all is in the shows and that the shows are amazing. While one worries about the animals who are performing, it is also good to see things like a paralyzed manatee that is being kept there after being hit by a boat. This was very educational for all of my children - 5, 12 and 14 and they loved it and learned a lot - great way to teach them about the need to love and respect animals. Drinks are pricey on site so be forewarned if its a hot day. Also bathrooms are few and far between! And go to the Top Dolphin Show early - standing room only at that one, though others have seats.

Visited December 2012
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review. It is great to hear that you were able to visit us with your family this past December. We are happy to know that this was both an entertaining and educational experience for your family. We hope to see you all again.

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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Naples, Italy
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“An enjoyable old school attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

The attraction is a very nice day-trip for families. However, considering that the facilities are not at the same level as sea world, the ticket price was a little steep. But in my case, I enjoyed the active duty military discount for me and my family, this was greatly appreciated. The shows were very entertaining and they offer a lot of personalized interactive encounters with the animals.
I really enjoyed watching the animals and although the park shows its age it was very clean and organized. I would recommend it for an afternoon visit where you could catch the main shows.

Visited December 2012
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review. We are happy to hear that you received our Military Discount and enjoyed your time with your family. We hope to see you again and we thank you for your service.

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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