Theater of the Sea is home to four different species of endangered sea turtles: Green (Chelonia mydas), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). Each of the sea turtles on display are considered non-releasable for different reasons, including birth defects, buoyancy disorders, boat strikes, entanglement injuries, and predatory attacks. All sea turtles have an assigned primary caregiver, are hand fed a specific diet, participate in daily training and enrichment sessions, and receive routine veterinary care.
Theater of the Sea houses baby, juvenile and adult nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum). This species is easily recognized by their reddish-brown color and fang-like barbels. The Guided Marine Life Tour includes shark feeding demonstrations.
Sport & Game Fish
Theater of the Sea displays a variety of sport and game fish that are native to the Florida Keys, including tarpon, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, grouper, jacks and sheepshead. Learn more about these fish as they are fed and discussed on the Guided Marine Life Tour.
Tropical Reef Fish
Theater of the Sea’s coral rock substrate provides a natural habitat for many species of tropical fish found along the waters of the Florida Keys, including parrot fish, trigger fish, puffer fish, pork fish, tangs, file fish and more! You’ll learn interesting facts about each species on our Guided Marine Life Tour.
Theater of the Sea is home to two American alligators (Alligator mississipiensis) and one Cuban-American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). You can learn about the differences between crocodiles and alligators and have the opportunity to observe a training session during the Guided Marine Life Tour.
Theater of the Sea houses a wide variety of parrot species found around the world, from large macaws and cockatoos to smaller Amazon and African grey parrots. Many of the parrots have been donated by private owners seeking permanent placement for these loud and long-lived pets.
The Nature Tour takes guests through mangrove islands across a raised walkway to our lagoon-side beach, providing educational information about mangrove communities and their significance to the Florida Keys.
(Closed for repairs until March 2018 due to Hurricane Irma) General admission to the park includes access to our private lagoon-side beach where guests can relax, sunbathe, swim, and snorkel with tropical fish. Freshwater showers, changing rooms, and lockers are available for use, snorkel equipment and towels can be rented, and snacks can be purchased. No lifeguard is on duty. The beach is open daily from 11am-4pm.