The Fishing Heritage Hall – Visitors first enter a breathtaking 60,000-square-foot entry hall, home to a dramatic 300,000-gallon “open ocean” habitat teeming with blacktip reef sharks, leopard rays and more. Guests can become awe-inspired by a collection of boats fishing legends were made on, including the very first Tracker and Ranger boats, as well as historical boats used by Jimmy Buffet, and Ernest Hemingway. In addition, guests can view renowned author and angler Zane Grey’s famous boat, moved to the Museum from New Zealand. A living “bait ball” and vertical coral reef drop-off aquarium complete the impressive Heritage Hall, which also serves as the ticketing and lobby area.
Traverse through an underwater tunnel surrounded by river monsters such as vampire fish, a 260-pound wels catfish and an enormous 175-pound arapaima.
Peek inside pop-up bubbles and come eye-to-eye with fish and other animals in their habitats.
The aquarium is designed to transport visitors to some of the world’s greatest undersea environments to discover an elaborate trail system of distinct aquatic habitats, including colorful coral reefs, tropical coasts, freshwater swamps, steamy rainforests and more. Throughout the mile-long journey, visitors get closer than ever before with these aquatic animals, with surprises around every turn.
The entire aquarium experience celebrates the diversity of all sea life, including incredible sport fish, and highlights the need to conserve these beautiful ecosystems and the animals that live there.
The new International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame highlights some of the sport’s most accomplished men and women through a display of personal artifacts and masterfully recreated replicas of world-record freshwater and saltwater fish.
The International Game Fish Association, which consists of members in more than 125 countries, has hosted this interactive collection at its global headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida, for the past 16 years. Relocating the exhibit to Wonders of Wildlife provides substantially more exposure and engages more of IGFA’s members and the public.
“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to join a much larger conservation vision that celebrates our sport and the wildlife we love,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Partnering with long-time friend and supporter Johnny Morris on this experience is a win-win for our organization and our mission of game fish conservation.”
Touch stingrays swimming at the bottom of a sunken shipwreck and experience the thrill of sharks at your fingertips