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The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

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278 Reviews
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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A great experience.
Cindy_R, Apr 2021
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The aquarium in Tampa was very clean and well kept. The exhibits were very nice. We enjoyed our visit with a group of teenagers.
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Beautiful aquarium
JocieIrish, Apr 2021
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Absolutely amazing experience. Beautiful aquarium and extremely safe and practical covid protocols. Dont miss the 4D experience. It was hilarious and so cool. There were employees all over who genuinely wanted to share and help teach us about the animals! We will be back.
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Good ticket
Scott_A, Jun 2021
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Good but issue with the barcode (aquarium claimed it is a regular issue with viator). Nice with the discount code. Wish there was a same day ticket though.
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florida aquarium
Alex_R, Jun 2021
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seeing all the different wildlife was a really great way to ground myself and think that we should take care of our planet. it was also pretty romantic
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Aquarium visit
Joy_M, Jun 2021
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We had a great time me, my husband, son(6) and mother. It had been years since I had been there and I loved all the changes and updates.
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I would recommend going!
Gen_J, Jun 2021
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This place was absolutely beautiful! I got to record most of it and I will be posting my footage on YouTube!
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Nice Aquarium
Wendy_H, Apr 2021
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Beautiful displays and knowledgeable staff. Wide variety of animals. Penguin display opening soon -fish displays and art were cool
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Family trip
Melissa_P, Apr 2021
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It was nice. My Family really enjoyed it. We had a great to seeing all the sea animals and birds. Wonderful
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Excellent experience!!
Lesley_M, Apr 2021
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Loved this aquarium!! Not terribly crowded and the exhibits were much better than expected. Would definitely visit again!
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Wonderful, a great day! Will definitely go back
Susan_K, Apr 2021
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The joy the children got seeing the fish and Florida wild life. Especially liked the huge fish tanks and mangrove area. They also enjoyed the water area.
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Fun
Karri_L, Apr 2021
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Fun family experience. Viator tickets worked well and timed entry was smooth. Parking in the garage inexpensive. I recommend!
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Day trip
Michelle_B, Mar 2021
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This was a nice little afternoon trip for me and my husband on our way out of the city. We enjoyed the variety of marine 😀 wildlife.

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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