Aquarium News

60’s Rockerama Live Music Benefit.

Marathon Aquarium Sponsors 60s Rock Show to Benefit the R3EACH and the Great Hammerhead Project.  On Saturday night, December 1, Marathon Aquarium Encounters will present its “Aquarium 60s Rockerama” – a live rock and roll show featuring exclusively 1960s Rock and Roll music on stage teamed with projected music videos of the originals artists performing those…

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A.E.C.R.D. – Aquarium Encounters Coral Reef Dive

Are you interested in diving but are not open water scuba certified? Aquarium Encounters offers an Aquarium Encounters Tank certification. This package is a great way to spend some time at the aquarium, getting up close and personal with all the residents of our coral reef and predator reef tank. Dive into our Coral reef…

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Encounter Spotlight – Nursery Encounter

Have you ever been interested in learning about baby and juvenile stingrays? In our Nursery Encounter guests get to do just that. In this one on one personal encounter, led by a marine biologist, you have the opportunity to feed our juvenile and small stingrays. Watch as they swim right up to your hand, pet…

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R3EACH – update

In the past few months we have been privileged to be a part of a manatee rescue, and a manatee transport. Both of these events have been an amazing start to what we are looking to accomplish with our nonprofit organization. The main goals of R3EACH are to help our local species of marine life…

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Encounter Spotlight – Stingray Cove

One of our most popular in water encounters is our Stingray Cove Encounter. This 40 minute session allows guests to get up close and personal with our stingrays! Perfectly safe, and fun, guests get to hand feed our large Southern rays and smaller Cownose rays.  Before stepping in to our Stingray Cove tank, guests are…

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Shark Bait OoHaHa!

July was all about sharks! Even though July 14th was Shark Awareness Day, and July 22nd-29th was Shark Week, the conversation does not end there. These amazing apex predators are often feared by humans, but in reality, we have the largest impact on their populations. Research shows you are more likely to get hit by…

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow!

The first week of July was Clean beaches week, but here at Aquarium Encounters , we believe every day should be Clean Beaches day! Aquarium Encounters is always trying to do our part when it comes to recycling and staying green; on land at the beach, at the aquarium, or on our days off on the…

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Keys Critters! Lobsters and Seahorses Join the Aquarium!

I’m talking about Florida Spiny Lobsters, the yummy crustacean that brings down thousands of visitors to the Florida Keys every summer for Lobster season. Spiny Lobsters are amazing critters, and found frequently on menus in the Florida Keys. Interested in what a spiny lobster looks like up close and personal? Aquarium Encounters has just added…

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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is Marathon Strong!

On September 10th 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys, devastating our string of islands. Aquarium Encounters was closed from September 9th until December 15th. In those three months we worked tirelessly to rebuild all that was damaged. Our staff removed debris off the aquarium’s property, repaired tanks that had been damaged, painted…

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Experience Aquarium Encounters…..

Aquarium Encounters is an interactive outdoor aquarium, where visitors can walk through and see a variety of wildlife from the fascinating and biologically diverse Florida Keys and Caribbean. All of our exhibits are under large Tiki huts where guests are protected from the sun and rain. Aquarium Encounters is situated in Marathon at MM 53.1…

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Up-Close and Personal with Sharks

Very few moments in life can approximate a close quarter encounter with the best the marine world has to offer. That is what defines Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. By recreating astounding models of the sea in a controlled environment, we have demonstrated time after time that we are never afraid to pull off the impossible.…

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Close Encounters with Ben Daughtry

The Journey to create Aquarium Encounters As a local Marathon business, we are proud of our homegrown roots. Aquarium Encounters began as a dream in our founder, Ben Daughtry’s mind, almost 20 years ago. After an exciting trip to an interactive aquarium in Curaçao in 1996, Ben imagined how great it would be to have a…

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