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.



Tampa 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
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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.
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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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Shaun P
Toronto, Canada
"Good Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
We have been to several dozen aquariums, and this one is very good. It is not the best, nor the largest, but it has some well thought out displays. All of the animals looked healthy and content. The only exception is the need that most aquariums seem to have to allow visitors to fondle rays, tidal fish, etc. Pimping out the animals is never in their best interest. As a part of the CityPass the aquarium is a good place to spend half a day (or so).
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mooshe31
"Fun and Informative!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
Lots to see and very fun for children. You can sit outside in the patio and watch the dolphins and the big ships! This is where the cruise ships dock and you won't believe the boats!
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bethwalden3
Bloomington, Indiana
"Excellent place to spend a few hours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
The place was hopping with summer camp kids and crowded. Easy and free parking. A nice alternative to the beach.
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D-Ranella
Montreal-Canada
"Disappointing Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
We were very disappointed with the aquarium. It lacked a lot of marine variety and was overpriced for what we saw. Compared to the other aquariums that we visited in our travels, this one was nothing special!
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SMS3586
Nashville
"Tampa Aquarium is disappointing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2019 NEW
I cannot believe people could honestly rate this aquarium highly unless you have never been to another aquarium to compare. I just thought having a aquarium so close to ocean would indicate a wide range of exhibits. Every other aquarium I have had the pleasure to visit put this to shame. For the amount of money per ticket I felt extremely cheated. Please research before paying the price of a ticket unless you are wanting to provide charity. I am so disappointed! I wasn't sure whether to write a review but decided if I could help one person second guess there choice it would be worth it.
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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.