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Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Psge
Clearwater
FL
33767
Tel: 727-447-0980

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Welcome to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the world's most-watched marine life rescue and environmental education center. Our mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, & release of marine life.
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    I If any of you people had ever seen the movie you would understand where this place came from, seriously. Can you all not get off your high horses and believe in the power of giving for once. These people who run this place are not doing this for some big show, they are doing it to inform the public and to help the animals, and if you would stop and talk to some of the people instead of just whisking through, looking at the animals and then leaving while judging their facility you might be able to learn a little something. If every person cared...Read More

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    After reading 1-star and 5-star reviews I decided to go see it for myself to form my own opinion, thankfully it's only 7 miles away...
    It is definitely not a 5-star attraction, but also not a 1-star either. You really need to know why you are going there and WHO you are going with. I wrote "who" in all capitals because how much it is NOT the right place to go if you have a hyperactive 2 year old going with you. Granted, the admission was free for him, but unless you have another adult with you who sacrifices his/her time in order to watch the kid...Read More

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    Aquarium? Is this a joke?
    Me, my husband, and our 1 year old (who was in a stroller because he does not walk yet) decided to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium today... boy, was that a waste of time and money. First off, this place is not stroller-friendly except one elevator that only takes you to the 2nd floor... apparently they forgot the other stairs you need to go up and down - which no one warned us about? Regardless, by the time we made it up to the tank with Nicholas the dolphin, we were exhausted from lifting the stroller up and down...Read More

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    its the greatest aquariam ever .its fun fun for the whole family .it has boat toars and a dolphin tale muesem

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    They charge an enormous amount of money for what they provide. As a family of 4, with one child being free because she's 1, we spent $60 to look at one tank of fish and a few dolphins. To me, it is false advertising and I feel like we got ripped off.  That is not an aquarium, but rather a dolphin exhibit highlighting the movie, "A Dolphin Tale". I am so disappointed that I spent that much money to be there less than an hour. I would think that being in the area they're in, highly populated by tourists, they'd want high standards for their so called...Read More

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by Edith Lowery

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I If any of you people had ever seen the movie you would understand where this place came from, seriously. Can you all not get off your high horses and believe in the power of giving for once. These people who run this place are not doing this for some big show, they are doing it to inform the public and to help the animals, and if you would stop and talk to some of the people instead of just whisking through, looking at the animals and then leaving while judging their facility you might be able to learn a little something. If every person cared just a little bit more about others and a little less about what they got out of it this world could be a little bit better off, at least for a little while. Its just too bad that most people don't care that much to not judge on appearances.

by Ana White

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After reading 1-star and 5-star reviews I decided to go see it for myself to form my own opinion, thankfully it's only 7 miles away...
It is definitely not a 5-star attraction, but also not a 1-star either. You really need to know why you are going there and WHO you are going with. I wrote "who" in all capitals because how much it is NOT the right place to go if you have a hyperactive 2 year old going with you. Granted, the admission was free for him, but unless you have another adult with you who sacrifices his/her time in order to watch the kid so you can get a full experience of the place, then your might as well just throw your money in the harbor. There absolutely nothing for the little ones to do or see for that matter - a very few rescued animals in very small tanks won't hold their attention for more than couple of minutes...
Bottom line: go by yourself or with older ( over 6 y. o. ) kids if your goal is education and you want to support a good cause (supposedly); don't go if you expect entertainment or to see an abundance of marine life or if you have small and very active children.

by Stephanie Roosa

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Aquarium? Is this a joke?
Me, my husband, and our 1 year old (who was in a stroller because he does not walk yet) decided to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium today... boy, was that a waste of time and money. First off, this place is not stroller-friendly except one elevator that only takes you to the 2nd floor... apparently they forgot the other stairs you need to go up and down - which no one warned us about? Regardless, by the time we made it up to the tank with Nicholas the dolphin, we were exhausted from lifting the stroller up and down the stairs.
And apparently, if you've never seen the movie that they're constantly throwing in your face, you're going to be confused or lost (as me and my husband were).
At first, we were super excited to see a tank with sharks, but they were sleeping. Okay, whatever, they're nocturnal so that's understandable. Next, we saw the stingray pool where you can pet each stingray, and this might have been the best part, (although the whole time the pool was unsupervised vs. the Tampa aquarium, they even get 15 mins to relax and calm down before any more human interaction there), so I thought that was odd.
There wasn't any real interactions going on with trainers and the animals, either. We saw one trainer squirting one of the dolphins in the face with some squirt gun, but that was about it... cool I guess?
Bored out of our minds and exhausted from lugging a stroller up and down the stairs, we jumped on the jolley trolley to see the other half of our included admission... yet another mistake. Once again, we never saw this movie and it is shoved so much in your face that I could barely stand it. You walk into this building that has all these movie props and a stench of stinky feet/cheetos immediately hits you in the face, almost unbearable.
All in all, we spent $42 for 2 adults to look at 3 dolphins (which just floated in dirty tanks), 2 turtles, 1 otter, 2 nocturnal sharks, and a handful of random fish.
What's even better is that they of course charge you extra to go on a boat ride to see wild dolphins... no thanks. This place should just be called "Winter's aquarium and the other fish", because you cannot walk a single step without seeing stuff from the movie in your face... serious overkill.
Save your money (almost half of it, actually) and go to Tampa's aquarium. Worth the drive and your time/money.

by Lauren Oliveira

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They charge an enormous amount of money for what they provide. As a family of 4, with one child being free because she's 1, we spent $60 to look at one tank of fish and a few dolphins. To me, it is false advertising and I feel like we got ripped off.  That is not an aquarium, but rather a dolphin exhibit highlighting the movie, "A Dolphin Tale". I am so disappointed that I spent that much money to be there less than an hour. I would think that being in the area they're in, highly populated by tourists, they'd want high standards for their so called aquarium. But instead, the 1 fish tank they had looked extremely dirty, they have small tanks for the dolphins as well as the otters to swim, and focus all of their hopes of the success of the aquarium on a dolphin that was in a movie that most people didn't see. (At least when I was there, most people didn't raise their hand when asked if they had seen it). 
If I had spent $20 for our family to visit Clearwater aquarium, I would still be annoyed because we didn't get what we paid for but I probably wouldn't have made the effort to write a review. To spend $60, however for what we got, I am truly disappointed and it would make me think twice about visiting the area again. We are Florida residents and are always looking for places in Florida to visit for a long weekend. I am sorry to say that this will not be a place I would recommend going to.

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