Established in 1946 by the P.F. McKenney family, Theater of the Sea is located in the Florida Keys, half-way between Miami and Key West and is one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The McKenney family still owns and operates the park today.
Originally a rock quarry excavated for Henry Flagler’s railroad in the early 1900’s, the lagoons and lush, tropical gardens at the facility are home to dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, alligators, and birds. Twelve million gallons of ocean water are pumped in daily to supply water to the three-acre natural salt-water lagoons.
The health and well-being of the animals takes precedence over all other interests and their care is supported by patronage alone. Many of our animals were rescued by Theater of the Sea and other organizations like the Turtle Hospital, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and the Marine Mammal Care Center.