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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quikdog42389
Lambertville, Michigan
"Great for Kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2020 NEW
We came here after a Cruise and we had time to kill before our flight (like 8 hours). We had all our luggage from 7+ days with us and they were kind enough to allow us to park our bags while we toured the aquarium and the area. We went on a Sunday morning and the place was very busy. Lots of kids and adult with strollers the size of small cars. The display areas was crowded and in-spite of this we really took our time and the entire walk thru was maybe just over a hour, Some hands on displays for the kids (yes I did learn some things) and kids loved it. We were 3 adults so we parked ourselves at the bar afterwards and had a cocktail while we figured out what to do with the remaining time. Next to the bar is a VERY Fun looking water park for smaller kids to run thru (included in the price). I felt the admission was kind of expensive but had I had a smaller child the water park would have justified the cost. Expensive ($28 a head), small and geared toward small kids. AAA membership gives a small discount in admission
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Alan Z
Tampa, Florida
"Top Notch Experience In All Categories...Even The On-Site Cafe!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
To be frank, until recently I have not walked into this aquarium for about 12-13 years. I sure missed a lot. This place is a Five Star Experience. From exhibits, touching tanks, special tours and behind the scenes activities, outdoor playground area for the kids, swim with the sharks if you want, a 4-D theater, nice museum shop, and a Cafe Ray that really had outstanding food for both adults and kids alike. For those adults who want adult beverages, there is an outdoor bar area serving beers, wines and cocktails. If your planning to visit Tampa or going to cruise from the Port of Tampa, take the time to stop in since the aquarium is right next to the port terminal.
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donaldw971
Bargersville, Indiana
"Interesting visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
We used a Groupon or some other discount to get in. The place appears to be small, but is deceiving. The largest attraction is the huge aquarium that is set in the middle of the structure. We actually ate there too (lunch) which wasn’t very expensive and had food the teenagers would eat. ( pizza, sandwiches, chips, etc). All in all a very relaxing day. Parking is an extra cost - I think $6 for unlimited parking time. I would recommend this aquarium.
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Jerry-retired
Huntigntown
"Strange"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
I have been to three three other aquariums and they all were much better. It just seemed that they could not decide what they wanted this place to be. The place seemed to lack focus on fish. I would not return even if it was free.
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Caryn K
Cambridge, Ontario
"Great Small Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
It is not a big splashy aquarium with dolphins etc, but it is a lovely, well thought out one. There are a few touch tanks with staff there to answer questions and guide the experience. First time for us to touch moon jellies. The sections gave you a good idea of what swims in the areas they represented. Loved the garden eels. It was a small tank, but loved their heads poking out and looking at each other. The 4D movie experience was fun for us and the kids, and the creative was nice for the little ones. Glad we took the time to visit the aquarium.
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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.