The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL

701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602
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Overview

One of the top-rated aquariums in the U.S., The Florida Aquarium offers exciting exhibits, water adventure zones, live shows and more for guests of all ages. The aquarium features interactive programs like Swim with the Fishes; behind-the-scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass; and exploratory journeys like Journey to Madagascar, featuring ring-tailed lemurs and colorful chameleons.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Home to more than 7,000 aquatic plants and marine animals from Florida and around the world.
  • Enjoy live animal encounters and experiences.
  • Don't miss the hit show, Secret Sea Life Superhero.
  • Pack a bathing suit for the kids to play in a rainforest-themed Splash Pad.
  • Grab lunch at Café Ray, featuring plenty of dining options such as a full salad bar, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent.
  • Take the trolley to Ybor City for numerous lunch or dinner options.
  • Outside food and beverage prohibited.

Description

from The Florida Aquarium
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country! Experience sharks, alligators and penguins! Immerse yourself in interactive programs like Swim with the Fishes, Dive with the Sharks or take a Wild Dolphin Ecotour on the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. Special Behind the Scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass or Stingray Feeding are unique and exciting. After exploring all the exhibits inside, splash away outside at Explore A Shore, the outdoor water adventure zone for children!

Adventure awaits at The Florida Aquarium’s New Exhibit, Journey to Madagascar. Filled with ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches, colorful chameleons, coconut crabs and an Indian Ocean coral reef this gallery takes you on a journey through the enchanting wildlife and bizarre landscapes of the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar.

Known as a biodiversity hotspot, the country of Madagascar is filled with rain forests, spiny deserts, cool mountain highlands, tropical beaches and coral reefs. 80% of the plants and animals on the island of Madagascar are found nowhere else.

This exciting new exhibit captures some of the uniqueness of the island while addressing some of the challenges that threaten its natural wonders. Visitors can come face to face with an adorable ring-tailed lemur, pop up into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches or relax in front of their Indian Ocean exhibit. It is an entertaining and educational experience into learning more about this amazing place, and what guests can do to help its people and wildlife.

Parking is $6.00 per day. The Aquarium's parking lot is located just to the north of the building. The Aquarium does not validate parking tokens for the parking garage across the street.



Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
chasity clayton
Beaufort, SC
3 Reviews
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"Very small"
August 2016
The aquarium was small , the dolphin tour wasn't to bad
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Claire O'Shea
Clearwater, FL
2 Reviews
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"Found Dori..."
July 2016
I was so impressed by the day trips I had booked through reserve Orlando.. The Florida aquarium was a great affordable place to spend the day with my two toddlers... Memories made.
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Karen Roginski
Bayside Hills , NY
2 Reviews
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"The Florida Aquarium Rocks!"
June 2016
Buying tickets through Reserve Orlando was quick and easy. The Florida Aquarium has so much to offer for young and not so young. All kinds of sea life, including otters, many types of fish, jellyfish, etc. The Wetlands area included many local birds in a natural habitat. Madagascar lemurs in a tree house setting gave us a bird's eye view. The divers gave an interesting presentation in the big tank, sharks, sea turtles and all. Everyone was mesmerized by the presentation. An outdoor splash area gave little ones a great cooling off spot, while parents could relax in the shade and enjoy the breeze. We are senior citizens, but felt like two kids as we enjoyed this well thought out aquarium.
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Tip: Bring a towel if your kids want to go in the splash play area.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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amithyst32
"great animal and sea nature displays."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020 NEW
loved it but very pricey.I thought for that price there would be a little more...sadly there wasn't....But the interactive displays with the animals were cute :)
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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, California
"The shark dive was really cool! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2020 NEW
This is a really nice aquarium. The shark tank is certainly a highlight! They allow qualified SCUBA divers to go into the shark tank! I highly recommend this if you can. They also have other programs for non-divers too! The Mangrove exhibit is another highlight, complete with birds and reptiles!
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Plyons2002
Warner Robins, Georgia
"A must see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2020 NEW
This was a great aquarium and worth the trip! Up there with the Atlanta aquarium and better than the New Orleans aquarium. I loved the sea horse area and the jelly fish touch tank! All the employees were enthusiastic and friendly. Good social distancing and everyone wearing a mask. The only down side is that I can’t get access to my digital photos and I don’t know why.
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Indiana2021
Evansville, Indiana
"Vacation 2020"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2020 NEW
For 2 adults and 3 kids it would of ran close to 130 bucks. But because we had memberships to other zoos. Such as Newport aquarium up near Cincinnati we got a discount. It's very nice inside. Had to wear the silly mask but whatever. Loved the marsh exhibits. Got magnets at the gift shop.
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Keithdoesnttravel
Sunrise, Florida
"Awesome Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 08, 2020 NEW
This Aquarium is Awesome! On a recent trip to Tampa we visited The Florida Aquarium and had such a great time. The facility was clean and well maintained. Parking was easy and close to the entrance. The staff was friendly and helpful. The amount of sea life and animals to look at was great too. The set layout was fun and easy to maneuver. The gift shop also had a great selection of souvenirs and gifts. When we return to Tampa we will definitely visit the aquarium again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Florida Aquarium

Is the Florida Aquarium wheelchair accessible?
The main entrance is accessible by wheelchair. The aquarium is fully accessible to guests with mobility issues and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis with appropriate identification.

How much are wheelchair or stroller rentals?
Wheelchairs, scooters and strollers are available to rent daily. Limited quantities available and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Wheelchairs are $5 and scooters are $12. Single strollers are $5 and double strollers are $7.

How much is parking?
Parking is $6 per day.

What is not allowed in the Aquarium?
Due to the nature of our facility with open exhibits, we aren't able to allow outside food and drink into the Aquarium. This does not include bottles or baby food for infants or people with special dietary needs.

Does the Swim with this Fishes, Dive with Sharks or Shark Swim cost extra?
Yes, they do. These are all programs offered by the Aquarium, you can call them directly to set-up the experience.

Is there any dining options?
Yes, guests can enjoy the Cafe Ray.