Lonely Planet review
The Seaquarium was one of the country’s first facilities dedicated to marine life, and its mission remains one of protecting aquatic creatures and educating the public about their charges. There are dozens of shows and exhibits, including a tropical reef; the Shark Channel, with feeding presentations; and Discovery Bay, a natural mangrove habitat that serves as a refuge for rehabilitating rescued sea turtles. Check out the Pacific white-sided dolphins or West Indian manatees being nursed back to health; some are released into the wild.
With that said, the big attraction at the Seaquarium is also its most controversial: dolphin and whale shows, including swim with the dolphin programs. While the Seaquarium say they are protecting cetaceans (sea mammals) and educating the public about them, animal welfare organizations claim any form of captivity and human interaction is debilitating to dolphins and whales. If you decide you want to swim with dolphins, note that people under 5ft 2in cannot participate and children under three cannot enter the observation area. Last entry is at 4:30pm.