Aquarium News

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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Spend the Holidays with Aquarium Encounters!

Looking for a unique family activity this holiday season? Need somewhere to send your family while you do the holiday shopping? Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is open from 9am-5pm, 365 days a year including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas (eve and day!), and New Years Eve/Day! Our diverse group of marine inhabitants would love to celebrate the…

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A is for Admission to Aquarium Encounters!

It’s hard to believe that September is over and we’re already halfway through October! By now, the new school year shine has likely worn off; there’s a marker or two missing from the new set, a few glue sticks have dried out, and it’s getting tough to motivate your student to stay enthusiastic about their…

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Fall Membership Drive

Celebrating our Valued Members! At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, our members are the cornerstone of our interactive aquarium in the heart of the Florida Keys. Our annual memberships provide our local community members with an annual pass to all of the greatest attractions and special events on our grounds at Aquarium Encounters. Annual membership to…

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September Specials at the Aquarium

Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters BOGO specials for September

As we settle into September in the Florida Keys, the end of Summer brings new specials and great deals at your favorite Florida Keys Aquarium! After a busy summertime here in Marathon, guests to the Aquarium are now treated to exciting new species and adventures to be explored in our interactive encounters and immersive attractions. To…

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Give a hoot! Don't Pollute!

Did you know that marine debris is a HUGE problem for environmentally sensitive ocean ecosystems like those found here in the fabulous Florida Keys? Trash and other debris that makes its way into our oceans can create serious challenges for marine life and the overall health of our aquatic environments. According to NOAA Marine Research:…

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Our New Arrival!

We have exciting news this week at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters! Rupert and Emma, our Florida Box Turtles, welcomed a hatchling into the world on 7/14/15 and Baby Boxie is now strong enough to be on exhibit at our park in Marathon. Baby Boxie may be tiny now, but (s)he will grow up to be 6+…

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One more Reason to Visit the Aquarium!

Just in case you needed one more reason to add a visit to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters to your vacation agenda, it turns out that making a stop at the Aquarium is good for your health! Researchers from the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University, and the University of Exeter noticed a clear reduction in heart rate and…

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TripAdvisor's #10 US Aquarium

  We’re proud to announce that we’ve been selected for the number 10 spot on TripAdvisor’s list of Top Aquariums in the US, with a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award from the popular travel site! TripAdvisor uses a highly specific algorithm to process millions of user reviews across hundreds of thousands of listings. The top 1% of listings…

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Aquarium’s First-ever SECOND Annual Event!

One of Aquarium Encounters’ first ever on-property events was the hosting of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours last summer when we opened. It was the highest attended Business After Hours event ever, and we were thrilled to make it a part of our inaugural week. This event is now a meaningful…

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