An aquarium visit soothes the soul with visions of ambling fish and bubbling tanks that make us nostalgic for the gestation pods in which all human life begins. Come full circle with this Groupon.
$159 for a Sea Trek Package for Two (Up to $258 Value)
- Sea Trek Reef Encounter for two, which includes park admission (up to a $99 value each)
- Sea Trek photographs on a CD (up to a $60 value)
During a 20-minute Sea Trek Reef Encounter, guests don specialized helmets that allow them to breathe while walking underwater. They follow staff members through the 300,000-gallon tropical-reef exhibit, surrounded by schools of stingrays and colorful fish. Aquarium divers dole out food to draw the animals closer, and a photographer preserves snapshots of the experience on a CD.
Encounters are held Wednesday–Sunday.
As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are also walking through a movie set. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed television episodes and films at the venue. This aspect of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscores a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. Special opportunities, such as the dolphin encounter, also send people on underwater treks through the reef display, letting them swim with seals or giving them the chance to shake a dolphin's hand.
It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality at Miami Seaquarium, 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 cockatoos 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.