From Gulf Stream sharks to the tiny organisms within coral, the Aquarium is a trip through the beautiful watery worlds of South Florida. The building works on three levels, beginning on the top Vista level where you travel the vibrant surface of habitats such as the Gulf Stream, Mangrove Forests and the Everglades. Descend to the lower Dive and Deep levels for stunning underwater views and interactive learning stations. Through face-to-face encounters with working scientists and dynamic live animals, experience a connection to these rich ecological systems, and the science behind them.

A southern stingray swims up nose first to reveal its underside.

The Vista

The top deck of the Aquarium puts you at the surface of key South Florida ecosystems, including the Gulf Stream, brought to life in the sweeping, 100-foot wide, 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium, where mahi-mahi, devil rays and hammerhead sharks travel through open water. Nearby, explore the vastly different worlds of coral reefs, mangroves, beaches and the Everglades, and even dip your hand in the Florida Bay exhibit and touch a stingray!

A porkfish, with yellow and blue horizontal stripes and two black vertical stripes on its face, swims with other porkfish.

The Dive

Descend into underwater worlds—sleek marine animals roam ocean currents, colorful damselfish dart through corals, and bait and predators move through mangrove forest shadows. Throughout the Dive, nearly 30 aquariums and interactive vessels invite you to experience the extreme diversity of the subtropical sea through intimate observation and learning, while scientists and curators share their work and observations about the ecosystems and animals they study.

A moon jellyfish glows light purple as light from the surface illuminates it.

The Deep

Head down one more level for an interactive experience about the vast depths of the Gulf Stream, the mysterious domain where drifters such as jellies ride the massive flow running along Florida’s east coast and into the North Atlantic. Real-time satellite imagery reveals how the Gulf Stream is connected to the world’s other great ocean currents, forming a giant conveyer belt that powers global weather patterns. The end of your Aquarium journey culminates with a 31-foot oculus lens forming the bottom of the Gulf Stream Aquarium, where the tuna and sharks you saw on the Vista level now cruise overhead.

Explore the Exhibits of the Aquarium

Museum Map

Aquarium - Levels 2, 3, 4