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.

CMA is implementing significant additional safety precautions to protect staff, animals, and guests, while ensuring a fun and educational visit with limited guests.

Among the many changes, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will:

Limit attendance to 25% of normal capacity
Use touchless transactions
Add advanced reservations where guests are required to select an arrival date and time and purchase admission online prior to visiting
Place signs and floor decals to promote social distancing
Install barriers at transaction areas
Require all guest-facing staff to wear face masks
Implement daily temperature checks for all staff
CMA does recommend that guests wear masks, as well.

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
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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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, California
"It’s an aquarium and animal hospital! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2020 NEW
This place doubles as both an aquarium and an animal hospital! They do some great work rescuing animals! It’s a great place to support if you love helping animals!
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MdGma
"Very disappointing !!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2020 NEW
As the home of the famous dolphin "Winter" our family was anxious to go and see all the magnificent marine life but the aquarium is undergoing a massive construction project and just getting into the facility is labor intense and confusing. It should really be closed until the rebuild is complete - it is very difficult for those who are handicapped because of the many very steep concrete stairs and very few very small elevators. I'm sure it will be wonderful when complete but for now it is too much trouble and very little to see. Some has to do with the Covid restrictions but most is just because of the construction chaos.
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F6723AAmikem
Appleton, Wisconsin
"Great to support a great place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2020 NEW
They just opened their new tanks for all of their dolphins. Is a great way to get a chance to come face to face with some awesome animals. Turtles, river otters and more. Please support this great place. We also fed the stingrays, which was great. I highly recommend it!
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Indiana2021
Evansville, Indiana
"Summer. Winter vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2020 NEW
Plans got cancelled back in March. We wanted to come down and see Winter so we got the chance in July. My girl got annual passes for us. Got there early. With the silly covid and mask nonsense it wasn't crowded. Drove in to the parking garage walked right up and got in in no time at all. The new tank additions will be a lot better once completed. We got our picture taken. Nice gift shop. Militant about the silly masks. Worth checking out.
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snpkelley
Uniontown, Ohio
"Great to see Winter!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2020 NEW
We really wanted to see Winter and Hope from Dolphin Tale and we enjoyed our visit. It was a bit crowded so difficult to social distance but check in and staff was great and kept the lines flowing.
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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.