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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Victoria C
"DONT EVER GO ON THE WEEKEND!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
Me and my fiancé took our sun there for his birthday on a Saturday. It was so crazy busy we can barely walk around and look at stuff . There's definitely some good stuff to look at and it would've been a lot better if it wasn't so busy because we barely got a chance to look at anything because it was too crowded. A small part of it was closed. It's around 26 a person to go our son was free because he is to it's around 28 a person to go or sun was free because he is two but I think they charge for three and up. There is a restaurant in there you can eat at an outside pool area so I would suggest bringing your bathing suit. It wasn't a terrible experience and I think it would've been a lot better on a weekday but I'm not 100% and that so I'm reading three stars .
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S H
"Great to take visitors"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
Took some family that was visiting and we loved it. It had been a few years since I had been as well and it was great to see they had made a few additions. It took us about two hours to explore the entire facility - and as a group of adults, grab a drink or back. :) It is a bit pricey, but check Groupon, lining social or the local maps for discounts. Have fun!
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chezbuc
"A lot of fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
We had a lot of fun here. Really enjoyed the mangrove and bird exhibits. Petting the rays was a hoot. Liked the invertebrates, especially the jellyfish. Great way to spend an afternoon.
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Jimmye H
Central Florida, Florida
"The Best Day Ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
That's what my 2 grandsons said when we were leaving last week! We are annual membership and go at least once a quarter! So after visiting several times in their life it is evident it just keeps getting better and better! Thank you Aquarium staff!
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V W
"Nice visit!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
I had a great time at the aquarium!! Happened to get there on a Sunday around the same time 2 ships were embarking/debarking passengers so it took 30 - 45 minutes to get to the parking garage. There was no line to get in and there are opportunities to touch some of the animals ( if you want to), lots of opportunities to take plenty of pictures, a short movie in the 4D theatre, a splash pad for kids, food/drinks and bar for adults, and a gift shop. Also, I was able to get in for free. Note: if you have a Bank of America debit/credit card you can get in for free at the aquarium only the first weekend of every month just show your debit/credit card. Parking was $5.
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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.