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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MomBarbara
Houston, Texas
"Something to do in the heat"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
We were limited on what to do during the day - the aquarium is nice but I was disappointed that they have some "friends" not on display. We just happen to see the penguins walking outside and told they were rarely brought out. Nothing to see on the 1st floor and only a small bit on the 3rd floor. The 2nd floor is about it. We did take the dolphin boat ride. No dolphins (we were find with that) but HATED all the jokes the guide told. There is a splash pad for kids outside.
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diazr52h
Tallahassee, Florida
"Informative!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2019 NEW
The Florida Aquarium was fun but very informative. The kids learned how important coral reef is and they were amazed at the sea animals they’ve never seen before. They enjoyed touching the Sting Rays the most.
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Happylynnstwogo
Vero Beach, Florida
"fun day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
enjoyed the exhibits, nicely done inside and out. A relaxing day to spend in Tampa. My favorite area was the wet lands, so nature looking the otters were fun to watch.
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doodlemom82
Tampa, Florida
"Great visit while in Tampa!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
If you have never been here, I always suggest it. It's a great experience to see the wildlife. The set up is very well organized for you to see it all in one visit. They also offer a boat tour to see dolphins and you also get to see a bird sanctuary. If the weather is good, this is a very fun trip to do on the boat. Otherwise, I just gave it 4 stars because I feel like for people that have been many times, it just seems repetitive. Don't get me wrong, seeing the animals is great, I just wish there were some fresh different things to see from time to time. Maybe there is and we miss knowing about it. But, if you have never gone, then def go!
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sreedharys
Tampa, Florida
"Magical aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2019 NEW
Had a 2nd visit to this place with my family of 4 people. The ambience, food options, facilities all are really good. We missed the dolphin tour due to cancellation that day. Overall it was a wonderful experience. Only issue is that we could cover everything in about 2.5 hours. Just 1 floor with hardly any on 2nd floor. So didn't know what else to do as we planned for the whole day. Can add a few more attractions or activities.
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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.