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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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Skip the Line: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay Ticket
Skip the Line: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay Ticket
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$32.06 per adult
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It was so informative and...
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.
Tony_J, Apr 2022

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 ........
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Beautiful aquarium
Jocie_I, 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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Will be back again
Marlyne_D, Oct 2021
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My daughter had a wonderful birthday she loved the Florida aquarium, walking around Looking at the animals and the water area, love it
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I loved the new seahorses and jellyfish!
Carolyn_V, Sep 2020
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The aquarium was very clean and traffic flow was organized to enhance social distancing. We were able to see everything and did not feel rushed or crowded.
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Wonderful day!
Ruth_M, Nov 2021
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Even though it was raining, we enjoyed all the beautiful exhibits and learning about the different creatures God created!
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We were there during...
Francisco_R, Oct 2021
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We were there during morning feeding time and it was nice to see some of the species active. All exhibits were great
star-5
Great aquarium!
Joe_W, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay Ticket
My wife is a retired teacher and went to a few aquariums on field trips over the years and said this one was by far the best she’s seen. Very well done and would visit it again.
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Best aquarium experience that's to Viator
Ana, Sep 2021
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Very easy to get tickets with absolutely great discounts .Skipping the line was amazing to allow us to have more time to enjoy
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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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What are the nearest attractions to The Florida Aquarium?
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