Does Size Really Matter? Swim with Mobula rays.

Story by Brad Rose At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters in Marathon, we are home to many unique animals; the Mobula ray is certainly no exception. Currently these gentle gliders can only be found at 7 facilities worldwide! The Mobula ray is a slightly smaller cousin of the giant Manta ray. These beautiful and majestic creatures…

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Bridging the Gap: Hooking the Next Generation

By Chance Ruder, NAUI 52587, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters Dive Team Immediately after they break the surface, my two young guests burst into excited chittering. “Did you see that eel come up? It was huge! Those lobsters look even bigger underwater! Dad, we have to get certified; that was amazing.” It was the kind of…

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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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Invasion of the Lionfish!

by Victoria Garcia Many might see a lionfish with its long flowing fins and red and white striped coloration as a harmless fish but here in the Florida Keys we view this unique creature differently. The lionfish (Pterois volitans) is an invasive species to the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, originally found in the…

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Get to know local artist Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson, was born in born in Montpelier, Vermont. He attended Union32 high school and enjoyed playing basketball.  He is married with two girls, Sara (7) and Shaina (5).  Jason always first realized his love of art during his high school Art classes, which were very educational and inspiring. He came to Key West in April…

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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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