Sea life is a den of horrors; the oceans today are more replete than ever with ghost sharks, headless sea horses, and frankenfish. Today's Groupon reels in deep-sea terror with the Monster Splash celebration at Miami Seaquarium. The Monster Splash runs October 28–31 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get one child admission to Monster Splash and an all-day Seaquarium pass (a $29.90 value at the door; a $27.77 value online, including tax).
- For $24, you get one adult admission to Monster Splash and an all-day Seaquarium pass (a $40.60 value at the door; a $38.47 value online, including tax).
The 38-acre Miami Seaquarium boasts stellar skyline views over an ocean's worth of aquatic attractions. This year's Monster Splash celebration brings a host of family-friendly activities including trick-or-treating, a pirate-skeleton walk, and a monster-themed play area. Pint-size poltergeists and diminutive demons can test their courage with a spine-tingling saunter through the Frightening Forest. Older revelers and eccentric Kevin Costner fans can ditch the water world for the Field of Screams, with its two hair-raising haunted houses. Amid the terrifyingly delicious treats and spooky games, party-going zombies synchronize their shuffling to the beats of an undead DJ. Before the party starts, take advantage of all-day access to the waterlogged exhibits and shows at the Seaquarium, from shark aquariums and coral-reef exhibits to animal feedings and poetry slams for killer whales. The high-flying Top Deck Dolphin show highlights the agility and intelligence of our ocean-bound mammalian cousins, and the Golden Dome Sea Lion show immerses the audience in the comedic stylings of Salty the Sea Lion and his beflippered friends.
As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.
These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.
It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.