Marathon offers multi-generational visitors to the middle Keys an immersive experience with reef fish, invertebrates, stingrays and even sharks without having to go out in the ocean.
As a hands-on, interactive learning center, the unique attraction strives to inspire visitors about the importance of marine conservation and provide both education and discovery about the fragile and complex underwater habitats in the Florida Keys.
The signature feature is a coral reef exhibit and shark habitat housed in a massive 200,000-gallon interconnected saltwater aquarium for viewing. In-tank participants can immerse themselves to hover over a mock coral reef structure and interact with tropical reef fish, a variety of rays and other coral-dwelling marine species that are part of the in-tank ecosystem.
Other interactive aquarium encounters include shallow touch tanks that feature starfish, conch and horseshoe crabs as well as to allow feeding de-barbed stingrays and docile baby nurse sharks.