The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL

701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602
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<b>The Florida Aquarium</b>, in coordination with state and local government as well as public health officials, is taking special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Florida Aquarium is pleased to have Infection Prevention Approval by Tampa General Hospital. <b>Guests age 2 and older must wear a mask and follow social distance guidelines.</b> Find current health and safety advisements at


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.


from The Florida Aquarium
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is a top USA TODAY ranked aquarium in North America; Top 10 Aquarium by WORKING MOTHER; a TripAdvisor top 10 Aquarium in the country; and Parents Magazine top 5 "Kid-Friendly" aquarium.

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.

The Florida Aquarium, in coordination with state and local government as well as public health officials, is taking special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ALL guests age 2 and older must wear a mask and follow social distance guidelines.

Parking is $10.00 per vehicle in our lot on the corner of Channelside Drive and York Street. The Aquarium does not validate parking tokens for the parking garage across the street.

We will not accept cash payments for any financial transactions on premises. We accept all major credit cards.

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
Verified Traveler
"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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Santa Clarita, California
"Great Water Adventure "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2020 NEW
If you are visiting the Tampa area this is a place you might want to stop by. There is so much do here like: swimming with sharks, Dolphin Excursion boat ride, touching sea rays. The Dolphin boat tour is great, you go out on a large boat in the bay looking for water wildlife and you have an experienced guide. Overall this is a great place to visit for $36 and it includes the boat ride, with out $19. Also there is a small kids water park and a full outdoor bar with your favorite cocktail next to the water park. Enjoy a day on the water.
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LaDella H
Jacksonville, Florida
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2020 NEW
It was a good visit, with a lot to see! All the staff were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the art work as well!
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Palm Harbor, Florida
"Aqua Nights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2020
Late night aquarium visit was awesome! Minimal crowds. So many opportunities for touching a multitude of species. Loved the jelly fish. Splash pad and play place were hours of fun. Pay for parking but overall a reasonable day. Walking distance to Sparkmans warf.
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Jeana P
"Very nice amid COVID-19"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2020
There was a timed entry and masks required due to COVID-19, which made it a little less crowded. There were marks on the floor to direct visitors to physically distance themselves, which was not always adhered to and staff did not make an effort to correct those ignoring this important safety standard. As for the aquarium - very nice, well done. I did not think the price was unreasonable as these dollars help with the upkeep of the animals, fish and birds, keeping the lights on, and paying staff. However - the gift shop was a disappointment - the vast majority of items for sale catered to children. Not sure I would return but glad we stopped in.
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"Great place to take the kids!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2020
The tickets are kind of pricey for the size of the place, and parking wasn't cheap either. However, if you have small children, it's a neat place to visit and will keep them entertained and occupied! It took about an hour and a half to see everything. They also did a great job with keeping it clean and sanitized, and have hand sanitizer stations throughout. Face masks are required at all times right now.
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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 $10 per vehicle in our lot on the corner of Channelside Drive and York Street. Please pay at the gate with a credit card as cash will not be accepted. 

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.