Miami Penguin Meet & Greet

Miami / Key Biscayne

The Penguin Meet and Greet – Must be 52″ tall – 1pm everyday  The Penguin Meet & Greet in the Miami has two rates, Low Season Rate, $99 per participant plus tax, and High Season Rate, $109 per participant plus tax.  The dates for rates are – Low Season – January 1, 2023 to December 19, 2023.  High Season – December 20, 2023 – January 15, 2024.

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You can come face-to-face with an African Penguin. You will learn about these amazing birds in an interactive class that teaches you the basics about penguins and what is going to happen during your Penguin encounter. You will not go into the water but stay on a safe platform where you interact with the penguins as you get to Train, Touch, Interact and get up-close to the penguins in this heart-warming program. After your penguin adventure, spend the rest of the day exploring the many exhibits and presentations offered at the Miami facility & Park. Also, don’t forget to consider to combo this program with dolphin or sea trek program.

Penguin Encounter:

  • A 15-30 minute educational classroom presentation prior to entering the water.
  • A 20 minute out of the water experience including touching, playing and training with a penguin.
  • Approximately 1 1/2 hours with the Penguin Program, Presentation, Changing Time & Photo Lab.
  • You do not need to know how to swim in this program. You will not get wet in this program.
  • Each session is unique, based upon the guests and penguins.

Requirement Information

  • All participants must be 52” (4’4 or132cm) tall
  • Anyone within 52inches/132cm/4’4″ to 9 years old child, must have a paid Adult participant with the child. An Adult is anyone from 18 years or older.
  • Participants from 10 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult as an observer or participant.
  • Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
  • No Pregnant Women allowed to participate.
  • No Jewelry, No Body Piercings, No Nail Jewelry, No Cameras, No Hats, No Head Coverings, No Outside Objects with the Dolphins.
  • If you have any physical or mental limitation, please contact us before booking.

General Information:

  • A thermal jacket and towel are provided for use during the session.
  • In addition, you will get an opportunity to see shows with Dolphins, Sea Lions, and Animal Exhibits with Tropical Fish, Birds, Rays, Manatees, Sharks, and Sea Turtles. You could spend 3-4 hours in the facility.
  • 6 participants maximum per session.
  • Open 365 Days a Year


The time slots available includes a guaranteed 20 minute penguin program, educational briefing, changing time, looking at professional photos, dolphin shows, sea lion show, & marine exhibits. Total time of activities is about 3 – 4 hours.

  • 1pm – Afternoon Session Only


The Facility is on Key Biscayne, which is a set of Islands that extend from Downtown Miami. You will get complete written directions with your ticket. < Map >

  • All Day Parking available, $10 per car.
  • Free Drop Off and Pick Up Area.
  • Food & Drink for Purchase – Air Conditioned Cafeteria and Outdoor Pizzeria Available.
  • Picnic Area – You can bring your own food, No Large Coolers.
  • Gift Shop with Large Selections of Items to purchase on Site.


Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Key Biscayne, depending on traffic and weather conditions

  • Miami Beach & South Beach – 20 / 30 minutes
  • Miami Cruise Ship Port – 20 minutes
  • Miami Airport – 20 minutes
  • Fort Lauderdale Area – 40 minutes / 1 hour
  • Boca Raton – 1 hour
  • West Palm Beach – 1 1/2 / 2 hours
  • Naples/Marco Island – 2 hours
  • Fort Myers Beach – 2 1/2 hours


  • If you have an observer in your group, they can take photos and videos of you during your program program.
  • Observer must stay in the observation area.
  • There will be professional photographer taking photos (No Video) of you and your group with the penguin.
  • A Photo starts @ $40 for individual photos, $99 for a download of all your photos, and the deluxe package of 5 photos plus photo album and unlimited downloads of all your photos @ $138.
  • NO cameras allowed in the water with the penguin.

Save Money and make your reservation online. In order to get any of these discounts, you must type the Online Discount Promotional Code in the discount box of the reservation form (Payment Page). After picking the amount of participants/observers, date of travel, and time of program, you will be taken to the reservation form to start your online booking. When you get to payment page, this is where the promotional code needs to be written in the comment box. Without this written code, you will not get the promotional discount. These online promotions can not be combined with any previous orders or discounts. These discounts are for online orders only and the discounts will NOT be offered or honored over the phone with a Dolphin World representative or during the High Season or with any additional Transportation service.

Dolphin World Online Promotions:

  • NO DISCOUNTS DURING HIGH SEASON!! March 25 & April 8, 2018 – December 20, 2018 – January 8, 2019
  • Make your reservation more than 8 days or more in advance get 5% off each person. CODE: online5%off
  • Make your reservation online and get 2.5% off each person. CODE: miamibookingspecial

Redemption Instructions

Upon arrival, please proceed to check-in window, present your penguin program confirmation number or your last name, which you will receive after making your reservation via email or text.

  • Confirmation number is a must for entrance.
  • You do not need to have a printed voucher.
  • All customers/participants are required to sign liability waivers before participating in this activity.


Refunds / Cancellations and Changes:

All cancellations must be received by Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours, Inc. in writing by email or regular mail.

  • A 10% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations prior 31 days of activity date.
  • A 50% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 30 – 15 day period prior activity date.
  • A 75% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 14 – 8 day period prior activity date.
  • Prior 8 days of your reservation date, you may change your reservation to a gift certificate, where you would not incur any penalties except the change fee. This gift certificate will be good for 1 year from the date of the certificate.
  • NO REFUND OR CHANGES WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS who tries to cancel or change within the 7 day period, does not show up, are late for scheduled program(s). Once a reservation has a confirmation number and confirmed, a refund or change can only be made more than 7 days of the activity date and any change to the program date is subject to availability. Changes made to existing reservations are subject to a $25.00 per person change fee.
  • The Penguin Encounter goes on Rain or Shine.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE, which will cover your purchase 100% for any interruptions to your Dolphin World activities! We recommend TravelEx Insurance. Ask a Dolphin World Travel professional for advice on Travel Insurance.

Do you have a Frequently Asked Questions Page with more information? Yes, click this link to see more on the facility, location, map, and hotel information < FAQ PAGE CLICK HERE >

Does your program go on Rain or Shine? Yes, this program goes on Rain or Shine.

Do you have any wheelchairs or strollers available for the public? Yes, there are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent from the Guest Services area at the entrance of the park on a first come, first serve basis.

Can someone whom is wheelchair-bound participate?
This circumstance will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The following questions will need to be addressed and may require prior management approval:

  • Can the individual stand on the in-water platform without the use of canes or braces?
  • Can the individual tread water/swim? If the individual cannot freely stand on the platform and must tread water to stay in place, an assistant will need to be in the water to help the individual stay on the platform. The assistant, he/she must pay the full regular price.
  • Is the individual capable of lifting his/her full weight out of the water? The facility does not have a ramp or crane available for assistance. In addition, no staff member will be permitted to or is capable of lifting anyone out of the water.

Can handicapped individuals participate?
The following questions will need to be addressed and may require prior management approval:

  • Does the individual meet the height requirement?
  • To what degree is the individual disabled?
  • Does the individual have full control of his/her body without required assistance?
  • Can the individual follow directions and understand English?

Can someone who is blind participate?
Yes, this individual must be accompanied in the water by a paid assistant. The assistant, he/she must pay the full regular price.

Are glasses/contacts permitted in the water?
Contact lenses can be worn. Prescription glasses with clear lenses will be permitted only if they are needed but they cannot be removed at anytime (including for pictures) during the session. We will provide a strap for glasses, which must be worn in order to keep them on securely. Glasses with dark lenses are not permitted unless the individual is sensitive to sunlight, in which case a doctor’s letter will need to be necessary.

Must I know how to swim to participate?
No. there is NO swimming in this program.

What does it mean to be an Observer?
An Observer is a Participant’s friend or family member. Observers participate in all aspects of the program minus the in-water interaction. During the interaction you can cheer on the Participants and take photos. The Observers stay in the stands and have no contact with the penguins. The fee includes complimentary admission to the park, so you can see the rest of the shows and exhibits, as well. Observers under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

What should I bring?
You’ll need something to wear under the wetsuit. A bathing suit is most convenient. You can rely on us to provide the following: Showers, keyed lockers, wetsuits and booties. All jewelry must be removed prior to entering the water. No cameras or loose items will be permitted in the water (no exceptions).

What about taking photographs with the Penguin during my session?
Yes, there are professional staff photographers taking photographs (no video, only stills) of you and your penguin session. You can purchase these photographs after your session. Prices ranges from $45 and up, depending on how many photographs you purchase. You can not take a camera into the water with you during your penguin session. If you do have a family or a friend come with you as an observer, they can take photographs of you during your session. Hint: If you don’t have an observer in your group, you might ask another observer from another group to take a few photographs with your camera.

What kind of habitat do the animals live in at the facility? An enclosed temperature controlled natural habitat to keep the penguin healthy and happy.

Do we have to pay extra entrance and parking fees ? Yes, $10 per car for all day parking. Cars are monitored by a security patrol.

Includes: Penguin Meet & Greet Program – A 20 minute out of water experience including touching and training with Penguins. This Penguin meet and greet is where a specialized trainer will give you and a group of 6 an intimate hands on and learning experience with the penguins. Plus, General Admission to Park, Dolphin Show, Marine Tour, and other Marine Animal Shows. Must be 52 inches (4’4″) or 132 centimeters tall to participate. Low $99 / High $109 Book Now!

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