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The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

The Basics

Adults and children alike love exploring this air-conditioned aquarium and learning more about the ocean’s ecosystem, especially through observing the aquarium’s centerpiece Coral Reef. Ticket prices include admission to the aquarium; the outdoor, 2-acre (0.81-hectare) splash pad with dump buckets and water sprayers; toddler area; and 4D theater.

The Florida Aquarium offers several experience-enhancing options. There are tours allowing you to swim with sharks, fish, and eels, without needing a scuba certification. You can also go backstage with penguins or go on a dolphin cruise aboard the 72-foot (22-meter)Bay Spirit II catamaran. You can also arrange a shipwreck diving trip through the aquarium.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tampa

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great family visit
KAREN_B, May 2022
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very clean and temperature lots to see ...good signs and information nice good .... website very good and easy to use ........
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Good visit
Janet_B, Mar 2022
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Very clean, really nice variety of animals to view. It was easy to get tickets on line. Many places to take great photos.
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Great exhibits. Very...
Nancy_D, Aug 2022
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Great exhibits. Very engaging. We’ll maintained areas. Easy on-line ticket purchasing application. We’ll certainly make it part of friends and family visits in the future.
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Easy
Stephan_W, Aug 2022
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Viator had a better price than through the Acquarium, saving us $6 per ticket. SO easy to use Viator services!
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Big Fun!
Bette_H, Jul 2022
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Creating Family memories with my kids and grandkids. Great fun! Splash pad was a huge hit with the kids. We’ll be back!
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Historical Florida
Diane_S, Jul 2022
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It was fabulous to learn about the varied ecosystems in Florida, such as Mangrove forests and wetlands. Attentive, friendly staff. I was happy to learn that ticket sales of the FL Aquarium support local wildlife and ocean issues. I recommend that some of the exhibits be updated for the comfort if the animals.
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Wonderful Aquarium
John_C, Jul 2022
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Really enjoyed this aquarium. Very well organized and many beautiful exhibits. Lots of variety. This is one of the nicer aquariums we have visited.
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Nice time spent with granddaughters.
Angel_M, Jul 2022
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Very grand experience... It was busier than I expected, the parking lot was full but the attendants on duty were very helpful at providing recommendations and their cost (Additional parking was available across the street in a garage). Even though it was a very well attended event, the staff did a very good job of helping the flow of people from the different events. My granddaughters had a great time at the Florida Aquarian in Tampa.
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Florida Aquarium is great for young and old
ihop323, Jul 2022
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No waiting in line to get tickets. Go in the morning not as many people, aquarium gets crowded. Parking is limited
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It was so informative and...
Tony_J, Apr 2022
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It was so informative and relaxing seeing and learning about the world around us. Loved how well the aquarium was laid out and the emphasis on Florida’s wetlands.
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Loved it!
Sara_C, Apr 2022
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Loved our experience! Favorite part was that huge fish “neighborhood” just sit there and wait for a crowd to move on and the music, the view into their day is the best way to end the day.
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Enjoy
Nathan_B, Feb 2022
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There was a 100% cancellation fee 🥲 I’m happy we went. My daughter had a great time and the aquarium was very nice. It had plenty of Florida history to see and learn about.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Florida Aquarium is ideal for marine wildlife lovers and families with children.

  • Buy skip-the-line tickets in advance to save time at entry, and save money with a Tampa Bay CityPASS, which includes admission to other Tampa area attractions.

  • For the kids, pack swimsuits or clothes that can get wet in the outside splash area.

  • A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters, and single and double strollers are available for rent.

  • The aquarium facility is wheelchair accessible. Guests wishing to take the dolphin cruise must be physically able to cross a 6-step gangplank with assistance.

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How to Get There

The aquarium is located on the Ybor Channel of Tampa Bay, 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa and easily accessible from I-275. It’s a 5-minute walk from the Port of Tampa Bay cruise terminal; if you are a cruise passenger, the aquarium will hold your luggage for you for free while you are at the facility.

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When to Get There

The Florida Aquarium is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily, and is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It tends to be more crowded on weekends and rainy days, so avoid the crowds by going during the week, earlier in the morning, or later in the day.

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Help Save Our Oceans

Proceeds from the purchase of an admission ticket go toward the aquarium’s educational and environmental conservation programs. The Florida Aquarium is working on a Center for Conservation that will include a sea turtle hospital, coral ark and nursery, and shark and ray research center.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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