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The Florida Aquarium Tampa

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The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr
Tampa
FL
33602
Tel: (813) 273-4000

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Experience the aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the world. With more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world!
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    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...Read More

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    The overall Aquarium is Excellent. The staff is very friendly and are very knowledgeable of the marine life and animals in their sections. The Dolphin Tour was a tad disappointing for the money we went straight out saw a pod of dolphins and came straight back. We were under the assumption we were heading to another area to see more dolphins. The tour guide on the Dolphin Tour was very knowledgeable about Tampa Bay, the marine life in the Bay and surrounding areas was very impressed.

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    Love it here. It's a wonderful place to explore. The facilities are clean, staff is great. Plenty of species on hand. The aquairum is expanding too. The place will only get bigger and better!

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    Very nice aquarium. Lots of new things to discover and marine life to see. The touch tank is quite interesting. Everything was very well maintained and clean.

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    I highly recommend the Dive with the Sharks experience to anyone who is curious what it would be like to be part of the Aquarium exhibit. It is a bit pricy, but I went during Shark Week and got a $25 discount this past August.

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by Hoku Phillips

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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.

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