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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EHATS
Fostoria, Ohio
"Appearance not what is lives up to. . . . . . ."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2020 NEW
When you think of aquarium - you think of all that lives in water. But we went slow but was able to finish this visit within 30 - 45 minutes. Just NOT what we expected.
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MSP2MyNextAdventure
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"A Very Happy Granddaughter!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2020 NEW
We recently visited CMA with my 7 year old granddaughter and it was AMAZING! We had registered for the Animal Care Experience program and I highly recommend it. We were able to get up close and feed dolphins, pelicans and otters. We learned so much about the animals, the trainers were very knowledgeable and friendly and the day was well planned out by the reservation staff member. The dolphins had a skills demonstration show that was great to see with plenty of seating. They have a small snack area with sandwiches, hot dogs and beverages. The perfect place to grab a quick snack in between activities. Parking is easy right in the ramp. The aquarium is under expansion construction and we are already planning our return trip to see the new and improved CMA!
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amysmom50
Whiting Indiana
"Amazing time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2020 NEW
My granddaughter and I visited there. We paid to do some extra experiences. She did the pelican feed and photo, dolphin care experience and we went on the dolphin cruise, It was pricey but she had a great time. Seeing Winter on the lower level was the highlight.
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Roving826779
Manahawkin, New Jersey
"Dolphin Tail"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020 NEW
Arrived in time to see Winter, Hope & PJ. Great presentation telling the story of Winter & his prosthetic tail
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hopetera
Clearwater, Florida
"Simple, Whole Visit Took 15 Minutes"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020 NEW
Head to the Tampa Aquarium instead. There's not much to see at this place. Maybe they will expand in the future.
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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.