Encounters

Learn About Our Lionfish!

Florida Fish and Wildlife is always looking to help educate the public on our local species of marine life. With their help, Aquarium Encounters has been able to add to our existing Lionfish exhibit. Our main goal was to bring awareness to their invasive nature and how FWC is trying to manage their ever growing…

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Meet Ashley

Ashley Watson is 25 years old, and originally from Brattleboro Vermont. Her constant love for marine life has steered her carrier path in life, and guided her travels. Having graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in marine science and minor in biology, Ashley has always known she has wanted to care for and…

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Summer Camp 2019

Interested in getting junior or open water dive certified? Our 3 day camp program is a great way to immerse yourself further in the magic of the ocean. Spend time here at the aquarium learning the necessary skills needed to become certified and wrap up the camp with two dives out on Sombrero Reef! Beginning…

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Epic Florida Keys Adventure Giveaway!

Florida keys Aquarium Encounters and Two Conch Sport fishing has teamed up to offer an amazing giveaway! One lucky winner, and up to three of their friends, will have an adventure packed day; with a half day fishing charter on the 26” Yellowfin, and Coral Reef Dive encounter hand feeding sharks. Captain Jack and his…

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New Year Resolutions

As we are 15 days into the new year, we hope 2019 is starting off great for everyone! Our aquarium and staff is having a great 2019 so far. We wanted to share some of our new years resolutions with you all! Feel free to share yours too and tag us in them on Facebook…

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Hurricane Irma – One Year Later

After reopening December 15th, 2017 from hurricane Irma our aquarium and staff had a great year in 2018! We participated and assisted in three manatee rescues, successfully certified kids in our NAUI summer camp program, reached the half way point on our Great Hammerhead Project fundraising, and educated thousands of guests on marine life and…

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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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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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Encounter Spotlight: Big Shark Bay

Hand feed sharks from the comfort of dry land, and with the guidance of a marine biologist. One of our most popular encounters here at the aquarium, is our Big shark Bay Encounter. This encounter is approximately 20 minutes long and allows guests to hand feed sharks while staying dry. In our Big Shark Bay…

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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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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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Feelin’ the Love!

Here at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, we’ve enjoyed an awesome holiday and “winter” season! Our busiest days yet were Christmas and New Years, with hundreds of visitors taking the opportunity to trade White Snow holidays for White Sand holidays! Folks from around the world explored our facility, learned about the marine ecosystem of the Florida Keys,…

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Dive in to our Nursery Encounter!

Have you ever taken part in the feeding of juvenile nurse sharks? At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, our unique aquarium attractions allow our guests to take part in the feeding and hands-on interaction with young nurse sharks and stingrays. Because nurse sharks are relatively docile sharks when young, humans can interact with them in a…

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