I grew up nearby and made many visits as a kid. This time I'm grown up and took my family of three. My 6-year-old son loved it. The best part was, of course, the Dolphin Encounter (not cheap, but worth it). Be sure to budget a little extra to buy the professional photos of your family feeding, hugging, kissing and getting splashed by the dolphins. There's another area where you can actually swim with the dolphins, but not with a 6-year-old. You can also feed the seals and sea lions for just a few dollars for a few stinky fish. The sea lion show under the golden dome was cheesy and no one really gets wet in the "splash zone", but the killer whale show was much better and much wetter. If you're in the splash zone you may get totally soaked; we did, and we were on our way to the airport in squishy clothes. The more traditional indoor aquarium tanks were nothing exciting; not nearly as good as the Tampa Aquarium, but they are not why you go to this attraction. The location is ideal to combine the trip with a trip to the Crandon Park or Bill Baggs State Park beaches.
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March 7, 2013
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It is always great to hear when someone visited us as a child and is now visiting us with their children. We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time with us and where able to experience the Dolphin Encounter. Thank you for sharing your experience and photos with us, we hope to see you and your family again in the future.
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