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.

Tripster 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
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"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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Kvukwt
Fareham
"A bit dissapointing. Parking $10."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
We have been before and knew what to expect. A bit disappointing really, especially as the parking is now $10, on top of the admission price. Yes, there are famous dolphins there, but not much more. There are several presentations during the day, and would be good for school visits, for example. I noticed there is a lot of building going on, so perhaps they will be introducing new attractions in the future.
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matmat69
matmat69
"Ups and downs but ultimately good."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
For the last few years we have tried to include in our holidays a place or scene from a movie we have watched. With Clearwater being down the road from Orlando this year's was Dolphin Tale. Our trip was worthwhile as it showed that Hollywood is not real life, and also that we should all support worthy causes. On the face of it the areas the dolphins live in are not massive and when we saw winter she basically floated in the centre and was not full of life as the film might suggest. How ever this aquarium was actually a waterworks (I think,) and was converted for the purpose of rescuing and where possible releasing animals when they are ready. The animals in the aquarium are the ones unable to be released, they wouldn't survive. They are also in the process of building a new aquarium next door which will have larger and more suitable living conditions for the animals while also improving the viewing for the public. Right now this aquarium is not a display or show like in Orlando, but it is real and meaningful and we'll worth a visit.
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MrsGlossop
Garstang, United Kingdom
"What a place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
Not your typical tourist aquarium, don’t go expecting the Sealife Centre! It’s a working hospital and rehab centre for sea life, and it’s amazing. Their work is fantastic, every person we spoke to/listened to were passionate and knowledgable on the creatures in their care. It’s undergoing some refurbishment currently, the new buildings will be fantastic. Every dollar I spend goes back into looking after injured sea creatures. We watched Bailey the sea turtle being fed his breakfast and his story was heart breaking, I couldn’t help but get emotional. Visiting here is educational, we will be having a serious re think of our plastic use from now on. I hand fed the sting rays who were adorable! It’s not a huge place but you can see their hospital at work. Everyone knows so much about the animals that come to them for care and rehab and if they can’t be released back into the wild, they have a permanent happy home here. Loved every second and can’t wait to go back and see their new facilities. Go and support them
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Lynnette B
Leo, Indiana
" Great visit and behind the scenes tour! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
We visited yesterday and went on the behind the scenes tour. Definitely recommend that you start your visit with this! It gives you a great overview and highlights what CMA does. Definitely more than just an aquarium!
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490lydiag
Umea, Sweden
"Loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
The personel seemed to sciencerely care for the animals they cared for. I also got the feeling that we were visiting the marine animals there, rather that the animals were there for the visitors. This place gave us all a good feeling.
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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.