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The Florida Aquarium

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701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
+1 813-273-4000
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Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With thousands of animals and plants including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience. Begin your Aquarium adventure on our Florida Wetlands Trail. Winding through a vast mangrove forest, you’ll encounter river otters, free-flying birds and native fish. Continue to the second floor of the Wetlands gallery and enter Journey to Madagascar. Filled with Ring-tailed Lemurs, hissing cockroaches and colorful chameleons,this exhibit captures the unique Island of Madagascar and the diverse animals that call it home. The next part on your journey will take you through Bays & Beaches where you’ll discover a Goliath Grouper and other species that call Tampa Bay home. As you travel onward you’ll descend deeper into aquatic environments where you’ll discover stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and our massive sand tiger sharks!
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“dolphin cruise” (144 reviews)
“sea life” (172 reviews)
“shark tank” (74 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
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Reviewed yesterday

Great exhibits! Right next to Tampa cruise port. Interesting for both young and old visitors. They will hold luggage for visitors.

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed yesterday

took my grandson and niece who are 6 and met up with a friend and her two kids. We had a blast and def. want to visit again.

Thank Mscheffler
Reviewed yesterday

We love aquariums. However, for the amount of admission that they charge, it is not worth your time or money. It was very small and does not hold very many people before it feels overcrowded. There was really nothing unique about it. I was bored...More

Thank philangie6370
Reviewed 3 days ago

a friend and i traveled from canada to visit this aquarium, specifically for the dolphin cruise. we tried booking online, but the dates were greyed out. upon arrival, we asked why the dolphin cruise wasn't available to buy tickets, only to find out the boat...More

Thank Lauren M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice aquarium with an impressive collection of sea life including sharks. Staff very knowledgeable and professional. Great for small kids, lots of hands on for the little ones. We went on the dolphin cruise (75 minutes), we did not see any dolphins but it was...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I decided to drive from Bradenton, Florida to Tampa for the day, to visit the aquarium. I decided to go early on a Friday morning when they opened but boy was that a huge mistake. Apparently it was a field trip day for who knows...More

1  Thank rachels81
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fun educational environment. Staff very accommodating and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Electric wheelchairs available at low cost. If you have a bit extra $ take a behind the scenes tour. Outdoors there is a totally fun splash pool area so bring the kids, bathing...More

Thank Marissa E
Reviewed 4 days ago

My grandkids love aquariums and zoos so any time they come visit we take them, but to get in it costs us $100.i think that is rather crazy. It is a beautiful open aquarium with a great splash pad, but wish it was a little...More

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went as part of the city pass. Paid Parking on site was reasonable. Trolley stops right out front. Displays on Florida species were great. From alligators to pelicans. The reef was also fun with sharks, rays, eels and all types of fish. Enjoyed this aquarium,...More

Thank rgrasela
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed a couple of hours here with kids. The kids had fun and learned a few things. Since visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, every other aquarium I visit pales in comparison.

Thank VenusAnn
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Crispy C
18 October 2017|
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Response from Daytona_Mac | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to go from the Aquarium to the Marion Transfer center, and from there to the Westshore Plaza Transfer Center. The Aquarium is on the light rail line, and the Tampa bus routes. You can get a map of the... More
19 September 2017|
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Response from Marek_Zyskowski | Reviewed this property |
If you are with Children 2 hours is enough. If there is some kind of activity you can stay longer.
6 May 2017|
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Response from Marlene G | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Call them direct and speak with someone about it. Don't just listen to their recorded message. With construction, the weather may cause delays.