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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

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Key West Day Trip from Miami with Optional Activites
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Expand your Miami vacation to include Key West during this day trip. After comfortable transfer from your hotel, enjoy around six hours to explore on your own. Visit the Hemingway House, check out Mallory Square, or have a slice of the iconic key lime pie. Your time is your own. Add on a Floridian activity, such as parasailing, snorkeling, or a glass-bottom boat cruise (additional expense).
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Amelyn O wrote a review Oct 15
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Surprised with the level of expertise of the Aquarium staff. The rare species and oldest turtles I've ever seen and the ability to touch fish stars were extraordinary experiences. The Aquarium is relatively rustic as compared to others I have been but also the most connected to the natural source of waters. Highly recommend a visit even for couples.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Chris C, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review amelyno2020! Our staff love to share their extensive knowledge about the Florida Keys marine ecosystem. As an interactive aquarium you can touch and feed a variety of animals at our facility. Visitors can even get into a few of our tanks to hand-feed, snorkel or dive with these majestic animals. Our mangrove lagoon that runs through our property gives guests the unique opportunity to see these animals in a uniquely natural setting. Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you again soon! Thank you, FKAE Management
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Curt y wrote a review Oct 14
Hudsonville, Michigan22 contributions8 helpful votes
I read the reviews prior to going and thought it would be pretty cool. It costs 24.50/person just to get in and then if you want to swim with any fish or anything it is a considerable amount extra. We decided to look around first and then see if we wanted to doin anything. The tanks are some of the smallest I have seen in aquariums in a comparable price range. It is cool that they offer the different encounters but if you have been snorkeling before, you would get a very similar experience in the reef encounter. If I remember right, to do that was 130/person. You can find great snorkeling excursions and even scuba diving for cheaper than that. Staff was friendly and it was clean. I guess I was expecting more. If you’re someone that doesn’t like the ocean but wants the experience, this would be for you. For me, I was disappointed.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Chris C, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review 733curty, We are sorry your experience was not satisfactory. Our facility admission is competitively priced with similar attractions in the area. Admission includes access to our entire facility including 4 different touch tanks, viewing of public feeding presentations of various animals as well as guided tours with our biologists. We also offer a variety of discounts on admission. Our Coral Reef Encounter is $95 to snorkel and there are dive options available. This encounter includes hand-feeding stingrays and reef fish in the tank with you and then an exhilarating hand-feeding experience with our sharks, eels and grouper through our large acrylic windows connecting the coral reef tank to the predator reef tank. This is the only facility in the entire continental U.S that offers this safe, face-to-face feeding with with some of the oceans apex predators. These feeding opportunities are only possible in our facility as it is both unsafe and illegal to feed wildlife in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. We hope you come see us again and maybe try one of our immersive encounters. Thank you, FKAE Management
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Thomas K wrote a review Oct 10
24 contributions3 helpful votes
Fun place for a family road trip stop. The kids will love it. Adults will appreciate the education and calmness of this place. We enjoyed the quiet walk around the facility. The staff were friendly and informative.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Chris C, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review Y7712UYthomask! We love to provide interactive and educational opportunities catered to all age groups. Feeding and getting hands on with our sharks, stingrays, alligators and much more is the perfect way to spend the day with the whole family! Our staff can't wait to share their knowledge about the beautiful animals you can see and interact with at our aquarium. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, please come see us again soon!
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Lori M wrote a review Sep 2020
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This was so much fun. We didn't even have kids with us and loved enjoying the animals and the expertise from everyone and stories being told. Definitely suggest to stop and go through and see everything they have to offer!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Chris C, Director of Sales at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review lorimA425QR! Our facility is a great place to get hands-on and learn about marine life for any age group! Our biologists can cater the information about our animals and the Florida Keys marine ecosystem to the preferred level of our guests. We are so happy you had fun interacting with our animals we hope to see you again soon! Thank you, FKAE Management
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Stacy J wrote a review Sep 2020
San Antonio, Texas, United States28 contributions16 helpful votes
This was a fabulous and worthwhile stop! My husband and I did the coral reef snorkel with Everett today. He was such a great instructor, and full of lots of great information and insight on all the animals. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and well worth the money. You are not rushed at all, and they provide the wetsuit, pictures, and video. Other than the snorkeling my favorite part was being able to touch the stingrays. You can tell all of the animals are well cared for and loved by the staff. This is definitely a neat place to stop, but make sure you spring for an encounter while you're there--it is worth it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Chris C, Director of Sales at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Responded Sep 11, 2020
Thank you for your review stacyj431! We are so happy you enjoyed your Coral Reef Encounter! Snorkeling in our 200,000 gallon tank system while hand feeding the stingrays, fish and our sharks is sure to form a connection with these incredible creatures. Our interactive programs are designed to bring our guests face to face with a variety of marine species and hopefully inspire you to protect the fragile ecosystems these animals inhabit. Everett and our other staff members love to share their knowledge of these environments and guide our guests through these exhilarating experiences. We hope to see you back in our tanks soon!
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