The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL

701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602
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INSTANT CONFIRMATION

In line with the latest CDC guidance, fully-vaccinated guests have the option to no longer wear a mask while visiting The Florida Aquarium. Masks are still required for unvaccinated guests (including children between the ages of 3 and 11) while inside the Aquarium. All Aquarium staff and volunteers will continue to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.” 

 </b> Find current health and safety advisements at https://www.flaquarium.org/reopen.

Overview

Florida’s largest aquarium offers exciting exhibits for guests of all ages, from a Wetlands habitat with a mangrove forest and free-flying birds to a half million-gallon reef ecosystem with sharks, rays, moray eels, sea turtles, and more! The aquarium features engaging experiences, including three interactive touch pools, a 4-D Theater, and an outdoor Splash Pad for younger children—all included with general admission. And don’t miss the Journey to Madagascar exhibit with 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 a top USA TODAY ranked aquarium in North America; Top 10 Aquarium by WORKING MOTHER; a TripAdvisor top 10 Aquarium in the country; and Parents Magazine top 5 "Kid-Friendly" aquarium.

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.

Effective Saturday, May 22, in line with the latest CDC guidance, fully-vaccinated guests have the option to no longer wear a mask while visiting The Florida Aquarium. Masks are still required for unvaccinated guests (including children between the ages of 3 and 11) while inside the Aquarium. All Aquarium staff and volunteers will continue to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.

Parking is $10.00 per vehicle in our lot on the corner of Channelside Drive and York Street. The Aquarium does not validate parking tokens for the parking garage across the street.

We will not accept cash payments for any financial transactions on premises. We accept all major credit cards.

Hours of Operation:
Sun - Sat 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Last ticket entry is 1(one) hour prior to closing.



Tripster Customer Reviews

6 Reviews
Francesca DiMario
Longwood, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very fun!"
August 2021
We went for our anniversary and it was beautiful. Took us about 4 hours to see everything!
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Jennifer Rentas
Brooker, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"What a Beauty!"
July 2021
The view of the fish and other animals was absolutely astonishing!!! This is a family-friendly experience and so are the staff. This was 100% a go again.
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Tip: The food prices are a little high.

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Rebecca Hodge
AUBURNDALE, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best aquarium ever"
June 2021
Beautiful aquarium with lots to see. Unique fish and large shark tank was awesome.
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Tip: Bring some good walking shoes.

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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
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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
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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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.Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Florida Aquarium parking lot located north of the Aquarium on the east side of Channelside Drive.

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 $10 per vehicle in our lot on the corner of Channelside Drive and York Street. Please pay at the gate with a credit card as cash will not be accepted. 

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.