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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

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“touch tank”(48 reviews)
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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11710 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-3603
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+1 305-407-3262
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a lovely time at this very well-maintained facility. There was a lot of sea life to see in this small park. We fed fish and spent a lot of time at the touch pools. Our daughter was able to dig for free shark...More

Thank GoFishGirl
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you GoFIshGirl for your review! We appreciate you stopping by our interactive aquarium and checking out all we have to offer. We are a fairly young aquarium and we are continuously expanding and adding exhibits. We hope you will come back to see all...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have gone snuba-diving a couple times, so figured we'd give the "coral-reef regulator encounter" a try after seeing it listed as one of the top things to do in Marathon. We saw on-line that they offer snorkel encounters and regulator encounters,...More

Thank Cardirose
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Cardirose and thank you for your review! We are sorry to hear that your encounter experience was not what you were expecting, we do appreciate you coming in to give it a shot! All of our coral reef encounters (snorkel or regulator) allow you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

For General Admission ($22/adult) you can view tortoises, alligators, and a plethora of marine animals, the most striking of which are rays and sharks. For an additional fee, you can interact on a personal basis, including feeding and snorkeling with the creatures (see attached photo...More

Thank staylor2323
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Staylor2323 for your review! We appreciate you coming in to the aquarium and checking out all we have to offer. With general admission guests have access to the aquarium all day from the moment they purchase admission till 5pm. Guests are allowed to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never been to an aquarium quite like this and my whole group had a blast. The aquarium itself isn't very large, but unlike most animal attractions, it encourages you to interact with its inhabitants. We had a great time feeding nurse sharks and...More

Thank Calley J
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Calley J for your review, Our main goal at the aquarium is education, and through education we hope guests will learn to care more about or marine life and marine ecosystems. Thank you so much for coming in and interacting with all our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was a little hesitant at first as the Trip Advisor listed booking prices starting at $155.88. However general admission for adults is just $22 and well worth it. Even with general admission, you still get to interact with several of the animals such as...More

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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you RipSimp for your review! Our aquarium is a great stop for the entire family! With admission alone guests have access to our three touch tanks, our hourly feedings, hourly guided tours with a marine biologist and viewing of all exhibits. Admission is also...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly staff. All of them seemed pretty well versed on their animals. It is a nice place to spend an hour or two.More

Thank Jaythee
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Jaythee for your review! We appreciate you stopping by the aquarium on your trip here in the Florida keys. Our aquarium is a unique interactive facility and we try to interact with our guests as much as possible. Most of our staff has...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit here. The people here were very friendly and knowledgeable. There are hands on exhibits and feeding demonstrations, which would be great for kids.More

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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Gq9999 for your review! It is so great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the aquarium. We are a unique facility where we make everything as interactive as we can. Our staff is always willing and able to answer any questions...More

Reviewed 12 September 2018

I was not impressed with Aquarium Encounters. I understand that this place probably does a lot of great work for the area and for sea life, but I didn't really enjoy my time here. The girl giving us a tour was very rushed and just...More

Thank Emma S
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you for your review Emma S, We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time here at Aquarium Encounters. We always love hearing feed back from guests, good or bad. We hope you took advantage of all we have to...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

We took the trip advisor recommendations and gave the encounters a chance. And we were impressed. The encounters have a tide fed pool which is home to tarpon a couple large grouper and several assorted small fish. They have touch tanks with small rays and...More

Thank Emmanuel R
FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thank you Emmanuel R for your review! Our aquarium is packed full of fun activities for guests young and old. Our general admission includes access to our three touch tank, daily animal feeds and guided tours with a marine biologist. Our employees are always willing...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

This aquarium has a lot of fun things for families to do. My son was able to swim with sting Ray's and he had a blast. The folks were very knowledgeable about the animals and their environment. It was because of his experience here my...More

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FLKAquariumEncounter, Manager at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Thank you Amor W for your review! We love to hear that kids are inspired by the ocean and our facility enough to want to help save our oceans! Our aquarium is dedicated to education and introducing guests to our local species of marine life....More

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Matthew F
6 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
15 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
2 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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