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The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

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338 Reviews
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

The Basics

Adults and children alike love exploring this air-conditioned aquarium and learning more about the ocean’s ecosystem, especially through observing the aquarium’s centerpiece Coral Reef. Ticket prices include admission to the aquarium; the outdoor, 2-acre (0.81-hectare) splash pad with dump buckets and water sprayers; toddler area; and 4D theater.

The Florida Aquarium offers several experience-enhancing options. There are tours allowing you to swim with sharks, fish, and eels, without needing a scuba certification. You can also go backstage with penguins or go on a dolphin cruise aboard the 72-foot (22-meter)Bay Spirit II catamaran. You can also arrange a shipwreck diving trip through the aquarium.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tampa

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A great experience.
Cindy_R, Apr 2021
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The aquarium in Tampa was very clean and well kept. The exhibits were very nice. We enjoyed our visit with a group of teenagers.
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Beautiful aquarium
JocieIrish, Apr 2021
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Absolutely amazing experience. Beautiful aquarium and extremely safe and practical covid protocols. Dont miss the 4D experience. It was hilarious and so cool. There were employees all over who genuinely wanted to share and help teach us about the animals! We will be back.
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Best aquarium experience that's to Viator
Ana, Sep 2021
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Very easy to get tickets with absolutely great discounts .Skipping the line was amazing to allow us to have more time to enjoy
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Nice
Janette_T, Aug 2021
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Went we did the dolphins cruise. Plus the aquarium was good as well. Will recommend it to my friends and family
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Exelente
Alexander_L, Aug 2021
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Very smooth entrance very nice aquarium everything runs good family enjoy .happy with the purchase . Thank u
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Great Day!!
Lois_T, Aug 2021
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The coral exhibit is just beautiful!!! The whole facility is educational with well written explanations. Highly recommend.
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Great experience
arslan_m, Aug 2021
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Great experience. Getting the tickets online saved us from waiting in the line. Very smooth process of verifying your online ticket at the entrance
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Great view.
Lynn_N, Jul 2021
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The panoramic tank. Lots of great sea life. The employee speaking to explain what was in the tank was valuable.
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Excellent site and service
Chris_K, Jul 2021
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Viator saved us over $25 for a delightful visit to Florida Aquarium . Would happily recommend this site and service
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Nice place
Shawna_B, Jul 2021
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Easy check in process. We went early and missed all the crowds. For a city the size of Tampa Bay Florida I thought it would have been larger, but the whole experience was very nice. Very nice aquarium.
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Y_J, Jul 2021
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I am glad I got skip the line tickets. It was a long line to get ticket booth. Very nice aquarium, we all enjoyed.
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standing in line
Brennan_M, Jul 2021
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Still had to stand in line to get in. The line buying tickets was shorter than the line for people that had bought tickets online

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Florida Aquarium is ideal for marine wildlife lovers and families with children.

  • Buy skip-the-line tickets in advance to save time at entry, and save money with a Tampa Bay CityPASS, which includes admission to other Tampa area attractions.

  • For the kids, pack swimsuits or clothes that can get wet in the outside splash area.

  • A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters, and single and double strollers are available for rent.

  • The aquarium facility is wheelchair accessible. Guests wishing to take the dolphin cruise must be physically able to cross a 6-step gangplank with assistance.

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How to Get There

The aquarium is located on the Ybor Channel of Tampa Bay, 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa and easily accessible from I-275. It’s a 5-minute walk from the Port of Tampa Bay cruise terminal; if you are a cruise passenger, the aquarium will hold your luggage for you for free while you are at the facility.

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When to Get There

The Florida Aquarium is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily, and is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It tends to be more crowded on weekends and rainy days, so avoid the crowds by going during the week, earlier in the morning, or later in the day.

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Help Save Our Oceans

Proceeds from the purchase of an admission ticket go toward the aquarium’s educational and environmental conservation programs. The Florida Aquarium is working on a Center for Conservation that will include a sea turtle hospital, coral ark and nursery, and shark and ray research center.

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