Carnaval del Mar at The Florida Aquarium: A Sea of Colorful Activities


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On May 19th. The Florida Aquarium in Tampa will be celebrating the First Annual Carnaval del Mar presented by Verizon! Colorful costumes, stilt walkers, acrobats, capoeira dancers, hula hoop performers, and oversized sea creatures entertain carnaval guests throughout the day with audience participation encouraged.

Learn all about sea life by participating in an adventurous scavenger hunt throughout the Aquarium, and get your face painted in a carnaval theme or as your favorite underwater sea creature. You can learn to dance from professional dancers and join in on the carnaval style parade. Join us in animal meet and greets throughout the day where you can encounter some very interesting animals.


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This original event offers Aquarium visitors and families the opportunity to enjoy a tradition that is celebrated in the majority of Latin American countries by taking characteristics from each one and presenting them all in one fun-filled event!  During the event visitors will be able to enjoy music, dance, food and drinks from different Latin American countries.

Participation in Carnaval del Mar is included in the price of admission.

Come out May 19th and be a part of festivities you’ll never forget!

For more information about the event call 813-273-4000 or go online at www.flaquarium.org.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I was invited to attend the Carnaval del Mar at the Florida Aquarium on May 19th.

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.


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  1. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita

    What a great opportunity! I can just imagine how gorgeous this event will be! Enjoy!
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  2. Laura Rodríguez

    Paula, I love Tampa, but I never have being in aquarium. It sound lot of fun. And the food make everything even better. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Barbara Mascareno

    What a wonderful opportunity to visit the aquarium. I’m sure it’s going to be so much for you and your family. I hope to visit there one day.

  4. Karina ~ consaboraKaFe

    Se ve que sera un evento muy divertido.
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  5. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    We’ve never been to the Florida Aquarium but we would love to go! Maybe during the summer!
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  6. Teresa Garza

    Me encantaría ir al Acuario . Definitivamente tenemos que planear un viaje Familiar a la Florida.
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  7. Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka)

    Preciosa- you and your family will have a fantastic time. It sounds fabulous!! Take lots of pics; can’t wait to see them. BB2U
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  8. Sofia - Living La Vida Blogging

    Great post Paula. This blog will for sure be a huge success! You make me want to live in SWF!!!

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Sofia, that is the idea! You should move, would love to have you closer. 🙂

  9. S. Yissele

    Me encantan los aquarios! Son uno de mis lugares favoritos. Lindo post!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  10. Yadira

    Me gusta mucho ese acuario. Tengo muy buenos recuerdos de nuestra primera visita.
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  11. Crystal W

    Sounds like a day of beauty and learning..what more could a parent want for their children!

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