Hoku Phillips 2 years ago 0.0 Your rating: Lovely aquarium, and it’s a very short walk from the Marriott Tampa Waterside hotel. They have the most active Giant octopus I’ve ever seen – it would sprawl out on the aquarium glass, then assume all sorts of postures. Fun! It was nice to see the crocodiles, playful river otters and colorful birds like the Spoonbills in the Wetlands section.The touch tanks were great, the rays were friendly and the bamboo sharks were not shy either. The horseshoe crabs were fun. The only downer was a staff member named Richard, who was condescending almost to the point of rudeness. Overall, the aquarium is well worth the fee. I made it through in about an hour and a half, but you could linger for 2-3 hours easily and the kids would have a great time. They have a cafe overlooking the water, but I didn’t get a chance to try it. If I visit again, I’ll do the dolphin tour boat ride also – seems like fun.