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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OldSchoolTeacher
Fairhope, Alabama
"Go early!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
We enjoyed our time here, but I am rating it “average” because it’s just exactly like the other aquariums we have seen without one standout exhibit to distinguish it. I understand that sea life is sea life, but given their proximity to the water, I was hoping for something special. Like - I will never forget the beluga whales in the Atlanta aquarium. I did like the lemurs. I found the map a little hard to follow and we had to backtrack several times to figure out where things were. We were there just as they opened on a Friday morning and that was a wise move. Vast quantities of very young students - probably kindergarteners - arrived and it was just crazy. I’m glad they take the kids, I really am, but we gave up and left. Make sure to go early!
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WesH646
Louisville, Kentucky
"Shark Dive"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
My daughter and I did the shark dive and had a blast. We were each with a dive master who showed us what to do. We started on the floor with some of the smaller fish who loved to have the small rocks sprinkled on their backs. We then moved around the tank to different positions to get better views of the different fish and get closer to the sharks. There are two sand tigers, a large nurse shark and a sea turtle, all of which we were able to get close to. The sand tiger probably swam about 6inchs over my daughters head. The dives start at 9am and they had everything ready for us and were able to change and take a shower after. We were probably done about 11:30am. Everyone was nice and great to work with and take care of us. When we got out we were ready to do it again and well worth the money. Having done other aquariums you do go where the dive master shows you and there isnt a lot of swimming around here but I felt that I also got much closer to the sharks here than the other places. For the rest of the aquarium its not as big as Georgia but they still have many things to see. There were turtles, otters (who are very funny if you stay and watch them) clown fish and weedy sea dragons in addition to the large tank. I always read people complaining about the price but caring for marine animals is not cheap and most of the aquarium is staffed by volunteers and the price is in line with most aquariums of their size. The parking lot is a bit confusing as you find the front door but have to drive a few hundred feet down the road to enter the back of the parking lot but if your early enough you can park close to the door.
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Cheryl B
Tampa, Florida
"Kid friendly "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
Great place for family outing. Once attended a wedding with complete tours of the aquarium. Children love the water park area.
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ORNurseCanada
"Excellent"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2019 NEW
Clean! You can touch stingrays and jellyfish!!! And sharks if u are lucky. Folks that work there keep it spotless. Also eager to talk about their critters. Enjoyed it!!!
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Jemienah W
"Not Great and not worth the $$$"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2019 NEW
Ok so I paid almost $120 for two adults and two 11 year olds. It was Not worth that. Maybe they charge that for up keep and all, but felt like it should have cost maybe $12 a person. The whole thing was mostly fish. We saw a few snakes and sea horses and jelly fish. This was nothing spectacular. I did not get my money's worth!
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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.