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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

Where are we going today?

There is something really magical and mysterious about those great oceans, lakes and rivers all across the world, and The Florida Aquarium is a great way to explore them - and you don't even need to get wet!

Why don't we start exploring the exhibits? These are the reason this aquarium has been ranked in the top 10 aquariums in the entire USA!

Let's start with the Wetlands Trails, where you can journey through swamps teeming with alligators, as you watch the otters play. The best of what makes Florida special is on show here, including the 14ft Burmese Python! Eeek!

Madagascar, anyone? Of course we can go! Journey to Madagascar is filled with leaping lemurs and hissing cockroaches...see if you can spot those chameleons too! From Africa to the Bays and Beaches, where over 20,000 plants and animals are waiting to be uncovered in this underwater world - it will make you look at the shores differently from now on!

Next we can journey to those beautiful Coral Reeds, where kids can see a one of a kind view of the most beautiful, delicate, and important ecosystems in the entire world. These are habitats normally explored by the most experienced of divers, but at The Florida Aquarium you can see for yourself how incredible micro habitats can live.

Finally - Ocean Commotion! This most recent exhibits gives the whole family a close encounters with some of the more incredible creatures in the oceans. Using animated characters, it's where kids can really gain an understanding of what lives in the waters!

Don't miss the interactive touch experiences at The Florida Aquarium too, where kids can bring their experience to a whole new level, and actually TOUCH stingrays and sharks, and some great surprises too!

The magic of the underwater world awaits at The Florida Aquarium - what will you uncover today!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$24.94
  • Children$19.5 (Ages 3-11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm daily

Closed just Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

There is SO much to learn! They have on site field trips where kids can explore self-guided programs, or they can come to YOU! They have great educational camps too AND they offer free admission to perfect attendance students with A's and B's!.

I'm Hungry!

Cafe Ray opens at 10am, and offers tasty pasta, pizza, burgers, drinks and more!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has a host of healthy options including salads and paninis! No outside food or drink allowed. .

Any Top Tips?

Don't miss the 2 acre outdoor splash pad, where kids can enjoy a rainforest themed play area, with dump buckets too!.

Doing our bit

They actively participate in the conservation of the natural environment, and they work with researchers and conversationists to really look after the help the oceans!.

Need a little extra help?

They have wheelchairs available on a first come basis, and the exhibits are accessible - if you have any questions about the specific tours just ask!.

Baby Facilities

You can able to take in bottles and baby food for babies and infants.

Can I get one of those?

From books, to jewelry, to marine toys and education items, the gift shop is why you should save that pocket money, kids, and treat yourselves!.

More information

Parking is $6 per day.

What people are saying?

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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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