Located in downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization that aims to entertain and educate the public through its many programs, exhibits, and community outreach endeavors. Once known as the Clearwater Marine Science Center, the facility was incorporated in 1986 and transformed into a world-class aquatic life center, eventually emerging as a privately-funded aquarium in 1995. Today, sand tiger sharks, African black-footed penguins, indigenous local reptiles, otters, and deepwater crabs all mingle under the facility's considerable roof.
The Wild Dolphin Cruise is a 75-minute "ecotour" through Tampa Bay aboard the catamaran Bay Spirit II, showcasing bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and exotic birds indigenous to the busy port.Wildlife-related live shows include "Predators of the Reef", "Penguin Promenade", and "Meet the Biologist".The Coral Reef Gallery contains a viewable recreation of a 60-foot dive and the many micro-habitats a diver experiences as their depth increases.
General Admission is Free for Children (2 and under), $15.95 (Online Price) to $16.95 (Regular Price) for Children (under 12), $19.95 (Online Price) to $21.95 (Regular Price) for Adults, and $17.95 (Online Price) to $18.95 (Regular Price) for Seniors (60+). Annual Passes range from $54 (Online Price) to $60 (Regular Price).
Best time to visit
The aquarium is open year-round, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Near by POI
The aquarium is located in the Channelside District, a residential and entertainment complex east of downtown Tampa.