Florida residents are in for a special dolphin and reef encounter deal. Through Dec. 14, Florida residents will enjoy up to 30 percent off animal encounter programs at Miami Seaquarium, including dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter. With this special offer, the Dolphin Odyssey program is $134 plus tax per person (regularly $199 plus tax) and the Dolphin Encounter program is $94 plus tax per person (regularly $139 plus tax). Children ages 5-9 can participate in the Dolphin Encounter program for the discounted price of $68 plus tax (regularly $99 plus tax).
Dolphin Harbor, home to 13 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and the park’s dolphin interaction programs, features a 12,000-square-foot, 700,000-gallon dolphin pool surrounded by an 8,000-squarefoot facility that includes a reception area, education seminar room, changing facilities and rest rooms.
Dolphin Harbor offers guests two different dolphin interaction programs. Dolphin Odyssey is a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program.
Dolphin Encounter is the newer program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The two-hour program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Dolphin Encounter participants must be at least 5 years of age and for those children under 9 years, an older sibling or adult must accompany the child as a participant. Expectant mothers are not allowed to participate in dolphin interaction programs. Program fees include one day’s admission to the park.
The Sea Trek Reef Encounter allows guests to become one with the park’s reef aquarium, while moving in ethereal slow motion in a near zero gravity diving system. Feels like walking on the moon, only you are submerged in a surreal underwater paradise where colorful tropical fish, large groupers, lobsters, cownose stingrays and moray eels abound.
Sea Trekking, developed by Sub Sea Systems Inc., can be experienced by nondivers, ages 10 and above, No certification or swimming skills are necessary. In the magnificent Reef Aquarium at Miami Seaquarium participants may Sea Trek as deep as 15 feet under the sea.
Sea Trek Reef Encounter is controlled by a compressor system that takes in air, compresses it, sends it through a series of filtration components and on to a control console and manifold to regulate the air flow to participants. Unlike deep sea diving, the participant’s entire head stays dry throughout the entire experience. Sea Trek Reef Encounter at Miami Seaquarium will take about 20 minutes and will cost Florida residents $79 plus tax. This Florida resident discount fee includes same day admission to the park. Discounts for Sea Trek are available to participants in the park’s dolphin interaction programs as well.
The Florida Resident special offer for both programs is valid through Dec. 14. Proof of Florida residency is required.
For more information or to make a reservation please call 305-365-2501. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at www.miamiseaquarium.com
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