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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

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Small but Beautiful

My two boys ( 11 & 12) and I love aquariums so we decided to run down from Islamorada. Better than... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dusky256fc
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Love Stingrays!

Love this aquarium. You can feed sharks, fish, alligators,and stingrays. You can swim with them as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
OhioVeronica
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Clinton, Ohio
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At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters it is easier than ever to interact with marine species of all shapes in sizes in environments that closely mimic those found naturally in the Florida Keys. Our primary attractions revolve around our unique...more
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11710 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-3603
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My two boys ( 11 & 12) and I love aquariums so we decided to run down from Islamorada. Better than I hoped. The grounds were meticulously maintained and the staff were wonderful. It’s a small place that if you don’t enjoy any of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Dusky256fc for your review! We are so elated to hear that you and your boys had a great day at the aquarium. With general admission guests do have access to our stingray tank, which is a touch tank, and are encouraged to pet...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this aquarium. You can feed sharks, fish, alligators,and stingrays. You can swim with them as well. I fed huge rays in the tank with them. It was like being surrounded by kittens. They seemed to enjoy being pet and a few rubbed against my...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you OhioVeronica for your review! Our very interactive aquarium is one of a kind, and great for guests of all ages. Our stingray encounter that you participated in is an additional cost to admission but an awesome way to really get hands on with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by while visiting the keys and had a great expierence. The interactive exhibits were great for adults and kids. The whole staff was extremely friendly and informative. The diving expierence will be one I won’t soon forget!!! Thanks Ben!!!More

Date of experience: December 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Donovan S for your review! We appreciate you stopping by on your recent trip to the Florida keys. We are an excellent stop for anyone looking to learn more about local marine life! The diving experience you mentioned is our Coral Reef encounter....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took 4 kids ages 8-9 (extended family). They were easily entertained for 3 hours. Bring quarters as there are feeders (50 cents) to feed the fish. Other options are to feed rays, tarpon, turtles and lobsters. Each is $3. There are touch pools as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you hheazlett for your review! We are so glad that you and your family had a great time here at the aquarium. Our bait shack offers food for the different species of animals you mentioned, and is a great way to interact with some...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While a quick stop for us, we saw a shark feeding and saw some pretty cool rays and other fish. We also feed some fish too.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you angelabW2797GE for your review! With just general admission guests are welcome to view all of our exhibits, interact with our touch tanks, participate in scheduled feedings and take a tour with a marine biologist. We hope you were able to take advantage of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Marathon and happened to pass by and decided to stop with our three young kids. I’m so glad we did...we went on a weekday early in the day and there were no crowds. We got a pretty personalized tour of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you 3littlesunder3 for your review! We appreciate you stopping by and checking out our facility. Aquarium Encounters has something to offer everyone in the family. With just general admission guests get hands on access to our three touch tanks, scheduled animal feedings, and tours...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family had a great time here. Loved feeding the rays and the touch tanks. Very interactive experience. Our 10 year old loved it. Skip was very informative and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!More

Date of experience: November 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you A A for your review! We are so glad you got to check out all we have to offer with general admission. Skip is an excellent person to ask for all things marine life! He is full of knowledge and always willing to...More

Reviewed 8 November 2018

We did an aquarium float with our 8 year old son and it was fantastic. we hand fed rays, fish and sharks. The whole place is immaculate, replay family friendly and the staff were wonderful and informative. I highly recommend a visit.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

Thank you Hollyheg for your review, We are glad you had an educational day at the aquarium. The encounter you describing is our Coral reef snorkel! It is so great to read that you and your son enjoyed the encounter. It really is a one...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018

This is a much better aquarium then the one in Key West! Much more interactive, 3 different touch tanks and there numerous volunteers around to answer any questions you might have. This would be a really good place to take kids.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

Thank you Tommysaxboy for your review, We are a fairly young aquarium and continuously growing. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed our facility and all we offer with general admission. Please come back soon to check out anything new we add, and...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018

What a delightful and educational experience at the same time. Very informative and the staff is verknowledgeable.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2018

Thank you 829danielz for your review, We appreciate you stopping by the aquarium and checking out our facility! We are an amazing place to learn more about the local species of marine life here in the keys. Please stop by again soon. Thank you, FKAE...More

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Matthew F
7 January 2018|
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Response from FLKAquariumEncounter | Property representative |
Hello Matt! We were damaged from Hurricane Irma and were closed for three months. All of our animals in our tanks survived and our tiki huts had minimal damage, so we are thankful for that. On December 15th 2017 we... More
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paulazac
16 May 2017|
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Response from FLKAquariumEncounter | Property representative |
We do not have dolphins here. However, you can feed the sharks, swim with the fish, and/or pet our stingrays!
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Gatlin C
3 March 2017|
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Response from FLKAquariumEncounter | Property representative |
Hello Gatlin C! Unfortunately we don't allow outside cameras in any of our tanks, however we do allow cameras in our lagoon! You are more than welcome to bring your gopro in if you are participating in the lagoon snorkel... More
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