Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL

249 Windward PassageClearwater Beach, FL 33767
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Overview

Home to “Dolphin Tale” movie star, Winter—a rescued dolphin that uses a prosthetic tail—Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the perfect family-friendly attraction to visit in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The marine life rescue center is dedicated to the rescue, rehab and release of dolphins, sea turtles, river otters and more. Guests will be inspired and educated by their work through up-close and interactive educational and fun activities and presentations.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Clearwater Beach Travel Experts
  • Home to Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed on location.
  • Tickets include general admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • Hands-on experiences available for all ages.
  • In 2017, Clearwater Marine Aquarium released 73 sea turtles and 10 hatchlings back to the wild.

Description

from Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Home to “Dolphin Tale” movie star, Winter—a rescued dolphin that uses a prosthetic tail–Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a perfect family-friendly attraction to visit in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The marine life rescue center is dedicated to rescue, rehab and release of dolphins, sea turtles, river otters and more. Guests will be inspired and educated by their work through up close and interactive educational and fun activities and presentations.

Tampa Customer Reviews

9 Reviews
Victoria Champion
Hogansville , GA
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great for a beach day..."
April 2019
We were staying Orlando, but drove 2 hours to have a beach day at Clearwater. We stopped here because my daughters really wanted to see Winter and Hope. The whole tour of the facility literally took 20 minutes...it would have been longer if I could get the kids interested in the lectures and tours. No luck...but all in all, it was a clean facility with a great message.
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Tip: Parking is kinda weird, but that will probably be rectified once the new construction is complete. Do not expect an usual aquarium experience...you will be disappointed. CMA is strictly for rehabilitation and release, if possible. Fans of the Dolphon Tales movies should go!

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Amanda M.
Elkhorn, NE
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wow!!! Not easily impressed but was delighted!"
May 2018
My kids and I went to the aquarium and loved it. Everyone there was awesome...except for an incredibly rude and harsh older lady that was managing lines at the entrance. Buying tickets in advance online was the way to go! Seeing Nicholas do his routine was the highlight of the experience. Wonderful place.
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Susan R.
Ocala, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"good"
April 2018
I thought we would see more interaction with winter but it was good.
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Tip: Very small with not too much to see

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Tamara Iskhakova
1 Review
"Utter dissapointment"
May 2017
We were looking foward to seeing a wide variety of animals, (and maybe a show or two) but instead saw only 2 dolphins, 5 otters, 5 turtles, and some stingtrays. The place's main claim to fame was the movie that was shot here, and winter and hope. It was also immensly overpriced, and there were more donation boxes than animals. The gift shop could have been another exibit. It was an utter dissapointment. Would not go.
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Kerry Thormeier
1 Review
"Inspirational!!"
December 2016
What a great place to visit! We had a wonderful time! My daughter absolutely loved Winter, Hope, and Nicholas! Her favorite part was getting her picture with Hope! Such a great and inspirational place to visit! Thank you CMA
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Donna Williams
South Bend, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"What a rip off!"
September 2016
This was an awful experience! For what we paid and seen 3 dolphins and 4 turtles. The tanks were cloudy and dirty. Wouldn't waste my money if I were you! We was there about an hr.
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judith smith
lake worth, FL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Clearwater Aquarium"
July 2016
I have been to this aquarium twice and would highly recommend it for all ages. Great hands on for kids. I especially like the fact that all of their animals are rescues and not just captured for people to see.
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Tip: Especially with children in your group allow plenty of time.

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BARBARA FORAY
PALM HARBOR, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Grandkids - so much fun!"
February 2015
While the kids were amazed, the adults had just as much fun! What a real hands-on experience. We will definitely return.
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Tip: It is hot!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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kristinam3533
"Cannot wait for the aquarium construction to be done"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2019 NEW
This aquarium is a wonderful institution. It is just hard to maneuver with the construction. It is very confusing where to enter. The entrance is a mess. Completely crowded and the aquarium is just a maze to go through. The kids love it though and the staff are wonderful
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connieb0104
Spring Creek
"Awesome experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We had such a great time here. It was all we hoped it would be and met our expectations. The displays were wonderful and there was information everywhere about what we were seeing and experiencing. We were at several presentations and the staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable and eager to share information. You could tell they enjoyed what they were doing.
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KARENT258
Nolensville, Tennessee
"Such Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We read so many reviews here and decided to go. We had a great family time. Even our 17yr old son, who loved the movies, enjoyed the Aquarium. Not only seeing the rescued animals that were featured in the movies, but hearing the stories and continued rescue efforts makes you appreciate all they do there. It’s not your typical Aquarium-it’s smaller and more intimate with a focus and a LARGE HEART for rescue/rehab for marine life. Keep up the great work and we can’t wait to see you grow to be able to help more!!!
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KJ B
"Dolphin and animal care experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
This encounter experience was bought for my 16 year and I had a shadow ticket. We both thoroughly enjoyed the day. Even though it’s expensive the cost and description were well published before I booked anything. Definitely not disappointed with the day
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C_N_1_77
Fort Myers, Florida
"Visiting Winter made us sad"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
We have wanted to see Winter for years and finally made time to visit. The facility is very small but we know their team does a lot of good for injured wildlife. That said, we learned Winter only wears her prosthetic tail a few times a week. She seemed so sad just listing to each side. When we first got there, one of the other dolphins was actually pushing her around the tank. However by the time we could get a view, she was tired and somewhat lifeless. Hoping the new facility being built provides better viewing.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clearwater Marine Aquarium

When is the aquarium open?
The aquarium hours of operation are 9:00AM - 6:00PM Monday through Sunday. Seasonal hours do apply. To see current hours of operation, please visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website.

In addition to admission, does my ticket grant me access to anything else?
Guests enjoy a free trolley and/or boat ride to and from Winter’s Dolphin Adventure as part of their admission.

Can I bring my bag into Clearwater Marine Aquarium?
Yes, however, all bags, purses, backpacks, etc. are subject to inspection prior to aquarium entry.

Is the aquarium ideal for children?
Absolutely. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has plenty for young children to enjoy. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Can I interact with the animals?
Animal interaction is available at specific exhibits and programs. Our animal encounter exhibits and programs include:

  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Trainer for a Day
  • Shark Encounter
  • Feed Rufus (pelican)
  • Feed a Stingray
  • Feed a Puffer Fish
It is recommended that guests reserve their spot at an encounter program early, as they fill up quickly.

Animal interactions are not allowed outside of these specific programs and encounters.

Can I bring food to the aquarium?
Our Shark Bites Cafe has food and beverages available for purchase within the aquarium, but guests may also bring their own snacks.

Is parking available?
Yes. Free parking is available for all guests.