4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival


4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival

Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129)


*The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pmSunday programming will include Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert.


Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission.


Make a splash and immerse yourself in everything marine at the last signature event at our current location in Coconut Grove!

On Saturday, June 13 and Sunday June 14, join us for the 4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival, a family weekend full of discovery and passion for the big, blue sea. Visitors can see beautiful underwater films and photography, learn how to build their own aquarium, explore (and even touch some) sea creatures, and discover how the ocean provides a unique habitat for all kinds of life. While exploring the theme of coasts, reefs, and open oceans, visitors will learn about a variety of critters and other life forms that are important to the ocean, how to stay safe in the water, and can even participate in exclusive workshops to learn how to capture their ocean adventures through photography by the experts. Partners from throughout the marine community will join us for a weekend that is sure to make you want to get your feet wet. The festival is being held in celebration of the global World Oceans Day, which honors the bodies of water that link us all, for what they provide humans and what they represent.

Children 12 and under are free with adult paid admission.

Activities by community partners on Saturday and Sunday include:

  • Dive into the marine world with breathtaking underwater films from BLUE On Tour, the touring arm of the world-renowned BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit.
  • Learn how to build your own aquarium.
  • Explore a beautiful display of moon jellyfish in a special aquarium provided by Florida Marine Aquarium Society.
  • Dissect a lionfish (and see a live one on display) courtesy of Biscayne National Park.
  • Discover where science meets filmmaking with a special screening of WPBT2’s Changing Seas “Saving Sawfish” episode.
  • Explore boat, water, and ocean safety with Shake-a-Leg Miami, South Florida YMCA, and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Ocean Bureau.
  • Learn about conservation and shark tagging with Sharks 4 Kids and @whysharksmatter’s David Shiffman.
  • Participate in a workshop to learn about underwater photography with the Sanibel Sea School.
  • Discover the world of coral reefs and meet with NOAA scientists who are exploring their futures.
  • Learn about exciting new opportunities with the Museum’s partner, CappSci, who are leading the efforts around the new CappSci Inventors competition and the Knight Cities Challenge-winning, Miami Science Barge.
  • Enjoy a special screening of the nationally aired ScubaNation episode “Reef Explorers,” then meet the stars.
  • Get your hands wet and touch some real life sea critters in the museum’s Sea Lab and much more.
  • Ocean-themed Curious Vault Collaborations table, where guests can see where science and art meet.
  • Plus shark and squid dissections, demos, and many more hands-on activities.

Sunday programming only presented by Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert:

  • ¡Descubra! Featured Speaker Sonia Ortega, marine biologist and currently with the National Science Foundation, as well as ¡Descubra! national collaborating organizations including the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (providing resources such as the SHPE parent tool kit), local chapters of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and featured education and outreach activities from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Smithsonian Marine Station will also be collaborating on this program, showcasing featured research and activities related to marine sciences.
  • The ¡Descubra! Create-It hands-on section will feature activities by the Smithsonian Latino Center and science educator Modesto Tamez on marine mammal sound communication.

The ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert collaboration with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is made possible through program support provided by Telemundo and the Learning is Succeeding/Aprender es Triunfar Initiative. To learn more about our partner’s educational resources please visitwww.learningissucceeding.com or www.aprenderestriunfar.com.

In addition, visitors can enjoy “Under the Sea,” an exhibit of 13 images from the 2015 University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Underwater Photography Contest. The stunning images reveal the secret beauties and mysteries of ocean life. The exhibit runs through the end of August in the Museum’s Space Gallery.

Limited parking available at the museum; additional complimentary parking will be available at La Salle High School (3601 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL, 33129). Shuttle service will be available from La Salle to the Museum.

Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission.


For more information, please click here.

The 4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival is sponsored by Shelly and Marko Dimitrijevic, Underwater Festival Founders.

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