The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL

701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602
View on Map
Starting at
$30.00 $27.50
You Save: $2.50
INSTANT CONFIRMATION

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
Verified Traveler
"Very small"
August 2016
The aquarium was small , the dolphin tour wasn't to bad
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Claire O'Shea
Clearwater, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Bring a towel if your kids want to go in the splash play area.

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
ExpeditionLove
Bethel, Maine
"Swim with the sharks :) So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020 NEW
My mother and I signed up to swim with the sharks hoping it would be fun, but it was beyond fun! It was fantastic, great service, great experience, and great prices! Totally worth a try and don’t forget to wear something bright or long that will stick out of your wetsuit so you know it’s you!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
tpuls
Shiocton, Wisconsin
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020 NEW
This is an absolutely beautiful aquarium! We loved the interactive exhibits! We are so happy we got their right at opening. Within an hour of arriving it was obviously school day as it felt every elementary school in the area was there. Make sure you park in the aquarium parking! Parking is only $6.00 which we thought was a great deal.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
T7190HDlisab
Texas
"Awesome Aquarium "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020 NEW
This is an awesome aquarium! Beautifully displayed fish, sharks, eels, stingrays, etc. This is definitely worth a visit!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
DianneWheatley
Dunedin, Florida
"Animal and Art too"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2020 NEW
The Florida Aquarium keeps changing and growing. Currently there is a huge installation of art works created from trash collected form our waterways. A great way to highlight this hazard to us and those in these waters. I adore the "petting Places." You can now pet a jelly fish as well as a stink ray or bamboo shark or aninome or starfish. Remember as you walk about that you are a drop of water proceeding thru aquafer, rivers to brackish water to the Gulf and salt water. In addition to the usual Florida fare of grouper sharks etc, you can meet a few Lemurs. Birds in the aviary are free to fly and are not afraid of people including noisey kids. Do try a back scenes tour as well as a guided tour of exhibits.. views.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
jwerkema
Woodstock, Canada
"Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020 NEW
After we got off our cruise, we needed a place to tour till we could go to our hotel. This was a great attraction, lots of reptiles, fish, birds etc in a great authentic setting. Excellant place to take the kids or grandkids. Great value and they also provide storage for luggage!! Huge bonus!!
Read More

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.