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Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive
813-273-4000

History:

The Florida Aquarium, Inc. was incorporated on December 12, 1986 as a separate not-for-profit organization. The newly organized Florida Aquarium Board of Directors formally committed to building a public aquarium comparable to the finest in the nation, and contracted Joseph A. Wetzel Associates of Boston to provide conceptual design of exhibits for a new facility.

Briefings with local and state officials were conducted and broad-based support for the project was garnered from the local Clearwater Chamber of Commerce to then Governor Bob Graham.

Experience the aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the world. With more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world!

Mission:
The Florida Aquarium is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment.



Reviews

Madison Lambert

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Monday, May 7, 2018
Very beautiful lively aquarium. There's a large variety of fish as well as different things to do here for all ages. They take a family picture as soon as you walk in. There are a lot of interactive exhibits where you can touch animals or look for shells, fossils, etc. Even some animals that aren't fish like lemurs. They have an entire kid area which was a lot of fun for my young ones. We finished with their food which was decent though priced highly. And the cherry on top was the awesome water area and playground for the kids. Even my 1 year old had a blast!!! Highly recommend. I'd choose this place over the zoo.

Corliss Gallows

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Monday, April 30, 2018
I consider myself an aquarium fanatic ( or is it fin attic?) . I've been to New England at least 20+ times, Mystic 10+ , Atlanta and others. Coming to the FL aquarium was so much fun. The size of the space seems to lead you to think there is more and it is a suggestion they could put a few more exhibits in, but the ones that are there are great ! The Sand tiger sharks steal the show of course with the wide gallery tank. The octopus and otters were also amazing to watch. Interactive displays and touch tanks are a plus. Would have been nice to see more native species and a bit more educational material. The gift shop was really nice well stocked and reasonably priced.

Sonya Hamil

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Great Experience for us today. Decided to come here for mom and son day, for his 4th Birthday, 1st time coming and I bought the annual passes for our family. He was so excited and couldn't wait to see "Hank" from "Dori" movie. Although I ask 3 employee's and they had no clue who I was talking about when I said we we're there to see Hank, I was surprised. But, all in all was a great experience, the man that lead us to Hank was a gentleman, that I failed to get his name, but a older man, salt and pepper hair, was well educated about Octopus life. He was awesome. Thanks to him and his very courtesy time and birthday wishes to my son. Lunch was good also in cafe.

Theresa V

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Absolutely beautiful! Parking, if you're not a member, is $6. Members park free, just don't forget your membership card- you have to swipe it. The renovations are complete: there's a 4D theater where you get splashed and the seats do various motion things; the splash pad is great for the kids; the deck overlooking the water is lovely. Gift shop is typical amusement expensive, but the stuff is really great. There's something for everyone available. The food is also high priced and just okay. They do serve alcohol, which is really excellent sometimes when there are a lot of screaming kids🤣 There are occasional members only events which are included with your membership. (Food, drink, souvenirs still cost extra- but you get a percentage off all year.) Definitely don't miss seeing the sharks! Or the gators! At feeding time, the otters usually do tricks for their food. It's adorable! If you live in the area or visit often, a membership is well worth the price. In two visits or less, you've made it worth the annual cost.

Ellie Breakey

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
We've taken our 2 1/2 yo, and our friends' children here multiple times. Worth getting annual passes for!! My daughter is younger and I think she has the most fun. A lot of the exhibits are electronically enhanced with touch screens and video monitors. They used to be more interactive; the older kids (8-10) got bored quickly. :/ Lots of things to touch (petting rays and starfish) and animals to look at, not just fish... Enclosed mangrove forest is awesome! Splash pad outside was just remodeled. Better than Lowry and it's free with the kids ticket.

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