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 at the Monster Splash celebration at the Miami Seaquarium. The Monster Splash runs October 29–31 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $24, you get one adult admission to Monster Splash and an all-day Seaquarium pass (a $40.60 value at the door; $38.47 online, including tax).
- For $18, you get one child admission to Monster Splash and an all-day Seaquarium pass (a $29.90 value at the door; $27.77 online, including tax).
The 38-acre Miami Seaquarium boasts stellar skyline views and a wide assembly of aquatic attractions. This year's Monster Splash celebration will feature family-friendly activities including trick-or-treating, a pirate skeleton walk, and a monster-themed play area. Pint-sized haunters 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, which features two hair-raising haunted houses. Unlimited carnival rides, spooky games, and terrifyingly delicious treats await party-goers. Rhythmic, coordinated zombie shuffling will be encouraged by 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. 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 features the comedic stylings of Salty the Sea Lion and his beflippered friends. Animal feedings, shark aquariums, coral reef exhibits, and more are sure to please wide-eyed fish fans at Miami Seaquarium.
Though there have been recent protests of the Miami Seaquarium, NPR recently featured the attraction. Frommer's highly recommends the spot. Yelpers give the Seaquarium an average of 2.5 stars, saying the park is a bit expensive; however, more than 9,600 Facebookers are fans:
- …you will want to arrive early to enjoy the effects of its mild splash. You'll need at least 3 hours to tour the 35-acre oceanarium and see all four daily shows, starring a number of showy ocean mammals. – Frommer's
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.
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