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.



Reserve 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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Otonabee
Ontario
"Great on a cool day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
The aquarium is exceptionally clean. All the fish/animals seem healthy, in nice settings with plenty of room to swim...relatively. There are lots of things to see. Hosts are willing to talk. would recommend for most ages. We were 2 retirees and 3 kids, 3 to 8. there is an outdoor playground and splash pad, would have been nice but too cold day of our visit. Set up well, parking, security, are all organized. Displays are spread out and organized by theme. Reasonable fees. Recommended.
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ChrissyD920
Westerly, Rhode Island
"All the fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
We went on a rainy Sunday and had so much fun! From the Florida ecosystem exhibit to the touch a ray tank - it was awesome! We enjoyed the Splash Pad and playground (don’t forget your towel and bathing suit) as well as the massive wall of tank. The staff were super friendly and so knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!
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Discover321161
"Day trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
Spent the day at the Aquarium. I thought it would be bigger but we had a good time. There is a 4D movie and an opportunity to pet sting rays, starfish and sea anemone. Great for the kids. Had lunch there and it was not that expensive.
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southernrosie2016
Tampa, Florida
"Will visit again!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
Love love love this aquarium. Kid friendly. Kept everyone’s interest. Staff was so helpful. We will visit again!
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ChefKennethB
Calgary, Canada
"Just okay"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
All the usual attractions. Our visit was spoiled by a school group of noisy, portly behaved students They clearly had no interest in the exhibits...only running around being boisterous and spoiling the experience for others. Bad enough that their chaperones allowed this to happen but worse that staff never intervened.
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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.