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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Greg L
Green Springs, Ohio
"Nice Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
We went on mother’s day this year and all moms got in free. Really enjoyed see everything and the movie out by the splash pad was really cool.
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AndyE402
Colchester, United Kingdom
"Great aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
The aquarium is well laid out, the exhibits nicely displayed with useful info beside them. There’s a mixture of semi-outside exhibits, showing freshwater Florida mangroves etc., and seawater areas, including sharks, huge fish as well as exotic non native fish. I particularly liked the jelly fish, not something many aquariums have. Overall it only took us about an hour to get round, and in the enclosed lower area some groups of very excitable young kids did make it a bit noisy, but I suppose it’s good they’re excited by nature.
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Susan H
Bradenton, Florida
"Terrific!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
So many exhibits! And most child-friendly! Loved the shark tank and sting rays that you could pet! And the dark cavernous rooms with a mist curtain!
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SMF2_On-The-Go
Annapolis, Maryland
"Love all aquariums!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
And this one was just the right size for an afternoon visit. We really enjoyed how the birds on exhibit were able to walk around and jump down on to the walkway and walk among us. we liked the exhibits and the way they focused on the FL habitats. Always enjoy the tropical reef exhibits!Don’t forget to ask for the AAA discount and parking was so close and free!
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ashmazeballs
Leicester, United Kingdom
"Went here because I had time to kill in the area. Good time filler!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
After getting off a cruise at the port next door, I had several hours to kill before my flight home so I decided rather than sitting in the airport for all that time, I'd check out the Florida Aquarium. It's so close to the port of Tampa, it's easily walkable. They have free luggage storage as well, so I didn't have to worry about that. The aquarium was nice, not the best I've ever been too, but certainly good and large enough. I did the dolphin cruise, which I really enjoyed even though we only saw two dolphins at a distance. The 4D theater was enjoyable. I bought some food at the cafe and it was good as well.
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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.