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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yicu4u
"Don't go until it's safe enough not to have mandatory masks for all visitors"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2020 NEW
The Florida Aquarium has a laundry list of things they are doing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 (limited capacity, one-way paths, 6' separation for social distancing, employees must wear masks, super cleaning, etc.). But even with everything they are doing, they feel the risk is too unacceptably high to visit the aquarium unless every guest wears a mask during their time there. If you want to wear a mask, then that's fine. But if they REQUIRE you to wear a mask, then that's ridiculous. If you touch your mask and then your eyes, you've pretty much negated the self-protection purpose of the mask. Of course your little Johnny/Suzie would never touch their eyes/mouth while wearing their mask during their half-day visit at the aquarium - would they? If you are in favor of this mask requirement because of the risk, then explain to me how you, a responsible parent, can justify putting your entire family at such great risk just to see a fish? If the Florida Aquarium is in effect telling you that it's barely safe to visit, why would you go? I know I won't pay to visit the Florida Aquarium as long as I'm required to wear a mask. Of course if you do visit the aquarium, feel free to go to a nearby gym and work out with no mask requirement, or stop down the street and enjoy a nice meal sans mask, or shop at the grocery store on the way home without a mask requirement. By the way, I've been told that the Aquarium CEO doesn't wear a mask in his office at the aquarium - he made sure there was an exemption to the mask policy which just so happens allows him to avoid the inconvenience of wearing a mask himself while he's working. What sheer luck that it would work out that way.
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Nanci N
Bridgeton, Missouri
"Fun Day with the Grands and Great Grands"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2020
It is a very nice aquarium, but have seen better in Atlanta, New Orleans, Monterey, CA and Chicago. It's very kid friendly and has a neat outdoor water playground. Nice cafe with good food and decent prices. The parking lot was already full, so we had to park in a garage 3 blocks away......and this was on a weekday in early March.
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EHATS
Fostoria, Ohio
"Another disappointment before the Coronavirus-19 quarantine"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2020
The overall aquarium was great - but as far as a very nice place for handicap access is not great. I wasn't able to access a certain area that was a view of the aquarium looking down. So as long as you are able to climb up the steps you can get a 100% of all views. But since I wasn't I couldn't see what I was missing.
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Trajikend
Tampa, Florida
"Great little place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2020
Enjoyed our time at the aquarium. Takes about 45 min to go through if you don't do any extras. It's a small place. Pretty expensive for what they offer. Just hoping it goes more towards the upkeep and feeding of the animals. Nice to get out of the heat and enjoy the air conditioning. The port of tampa is right next door too. They have a gift shop. Decent prices there. Elevators to get to the second floor if you need to use them. Tons of handicap parking if you need it.
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Robert W
Berkshires, Massachusetts
"Nice Aquarium!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2020
We had a nice visit at this aquarium ! We went early and were able to see most of the exhibits of fish, birds and reptiles. As the morning went on more and more people arrived , so I suggest getting there early to avoid the crowds. Would certainly visit the aquarium again in the future!
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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.