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“There, I became a kid again” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
305-361-5705
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Ranked #25 of 85 Attractions 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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“There, I became a kid again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The most interesting for me was the show with the killer whale. And impression was even better, than I expected. Amazing and I feel bad, that in my childhood such show was not available.

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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear that you became a kid again by watching our shows. We hope to see you again and thank you for sharing those great pictures!

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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“Exactly like it was”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Hadn't been there in over 25 years. Have pictures from the mid 60s and my brothers children can do the same poses with the same statues and picture spots as we did as kids. Kind of fun but the kids (7 & 9) were a bit bored. Seemed soooo much bigger when I was a kid! While it is dated, it is also a bit of nostalgia. They even have the Flipper show with all the Beach Boys music. The only disappointments would be the "extras" that you have to pay for on top of an already expensive admission and the food prices and lack of food selections for lunch. Bathrooms were very clean. Fun to take a walk back in time!

Visited January 2013
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review Miami Seaquarium. It is always great to hear when our guests visited us as children and now they are coming back with their own children. We thank you for your support and will work on having more food selections in the future.

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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“Lots of fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Seaquarium was really fun. The killer whale amazing. Flamingos fun. Dolphins so nice. We had a small problem so we complained, and Chip Gaudio the main Director contacted us immediately (we were really surprised) and fixed the problem instantly. Amazing service!

Visited January 2013
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are happy to hear that you had fun and that your issue was solved. We hope to see you again!

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Miami Seaquarium
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“Fine Way to Spend a few Hours”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I was here with wife and two kids (seven and nine). The facility is very, very dated; it opened in 1955. There are eight shows that run throughout the day. You will see sea lions, stingrays, crocodiles, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, and a killer whale. No rides. Shows are entertaining. Facility also serves as a rescue. It is sad to see so many hurt manatee and turtles. We also felt for Lolita, the 40 year old killer whale, who has been in a small tank since her capture in 1970. You need four to five hours to see everything. You pay $5 for parking and there is a road toll you cannot avoid. Kids had fun.

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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review Miami Seaquarium! We thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and for visiting us. We are always working on making improvements and hope to see you and your family again.

Sincerely,

Miami Seaquarium
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I visited the Sequarium last week when in Florida visiting a friend. We both walked away incredibly disappointed. The first stop was that we needed lunch...and I know you aren't going to get quality food in a place like this so our expectations weren't that great to begin with. But we walked in and the cooks behind the counter were talking about getting booty...really not something you should discuss in front of your customers! The cashier seemed very disinterested in ringing up our lunch, and it was outrageously expensive. Moving on...

The entrance fee is NOT accurate of what you'll find in the aquarium. I have to say I was incredibly horrified at how small the tanks were for the manatees, dolphins, and any of the larger animals. The manatees could barely even turn around in their tanks...felt incredibly sorry for them. The smaller fish tanks around the dolphin tank were very nicely maintained and appeared large enough for the fish and other creatures that were in there...but the rest left a lot to be desired. The area with the key deer and turtles, and the alligators was pretty nice and definitely a highlight. Probably the best part was actually the wild pelicans that were hanging around near the shark area. Also, they need to have more staff on hand monitoring the idiot tourists...there were people throwing Froot Loops into the shark tank to feed the birds that were swimming in there!!!

This place stands to have a lot of improvement (or a complete renovation). Not worth the price of admission or the sadness of the tiny animal enclosures. I would go elsewhere. Very unhappy and unimpressed...not to mention for all the state of FL does to protect its manatees, why in the world would they not take better care of the captive ones they do have? Disgraceful.

Visited January 2013
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WorkingSpider, Manager at Miami Seaquarium, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review Miami Seaquarium. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. Many of the manatees that you saw are not captive, they are actually being rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium after encountering incidents in their natural habitat; once they are healthy enough to return to their habitat, we release them. We do work hard to keep all of our animals safe, healthy and in a good environment. We apologize for the cooks and I will be passing this on to one of our managers. We hope to see you again in the future.

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