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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

Bethany Hicks

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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Drove two hours to get here and was pretty disappointed. The best part was seeing my kid excited, but as far as the aquarium itself, I was less than impressed. First, we parked (or rather attempted to) in the aquarium parking lot. It was already full but we paid $6 to get in and circled for 20 minutes without getting a spot. We finally went to the exit and then they told us “sorry you’ll have to park in the garage and go inside to get a refund.” The parking garage is $2/hour and ended up paying $10 total. The exhibits were mediocre. I did like how it was set up on a loop system so you didn’t miss anything. It took us about an hour to get through everything and we didn’t know what to do next. The large floor to ceiling tank was the best with sharks, a huge sea turtle, eels, and lots of fish. Lunch was overpriced as to be expected at a theme park/museum type attraction. Same thing with the gift shop but I was impressed with their selection and variety of items. The splash pad was nice and the kids loved it. I was just expecting more out of the aquarium itself and was disappointed for driving four hours round trip and the price of admission. Atlanta is so much better.

James Garman

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
The biggest hassle was finding a parking spot. Even though there is a paid lot, we arrived during peak hours. We eventually found a spot after driving around the lot for about 10 min. This is a large and varied aquarium. Not only providing entertaining and educational exhibits for guests, participating in conservation efforts as well. One of my favorite places visited during my Tampa trip; I have no real complaints. This attraction took a majority of the day, which I did not regret in the least; I wish I had arrived here earlier. Everything at The Florida Aquarium is well maintained and clean, from restrooms to exhibits. We even were lucky enough so see some of the creatures being fed. I will admit there weren’t many employees around to answer questions. However, every exhibit has an information panel attached. It’s very easy to walk through the many different types of exhibits at your own pace, reading along the way. The entire aquarium and arboretum has an intuitive, guest friendly layout; I didn’t have to worry about getting lost. There’s also a restaurant and gift shop, neither of which I had time to visit. The gift shop looked large a with variety of items from cheap gimmick to actually worthwhile. I’m looking forward to coming back here and trying some of the other activities available. I highly recommend visiting this prized attraction of Tampa.

Cassie Spurgeon

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
They have a splash pad for children which is amazing for young children. I brought my 2 nieces and my mother, and annual tickets were only $30 more than a one day visit for all 4 of us. The ticket booth person did not tell us about paying an extra $30 for 4 annual passes on top of the daily pass. I think the aquarium would benefit from selling tickets electronically at the door which could inform buyers of this small extra pay. The penguin meet was amazing!!!! If you can afford an additional $30 per person it's 100% worth it to pet a penguin and know it goes to support these cute critters.

Marissa Kinart

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
Great place to take friends and family. If you enjoy looking at animals then this is a place to go other then a zoo. I highly recommend taking a camera for the tons of pictures you will be taking. You can walk through the whole place in under 2 hours, so take your time. There is a little water park for the kids to run around to cool off from the hot summer heat. I recommend buying your tickets online because you save money and get in quicker.

Melissa Lee

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
My first time at an aquarium ever and I have to say that I am impressed! Although the place was not as big as I thought, it was definitely a sight to see and I enjoyed it very much. Employees weren't as interactive but I didn't mind as I found my way through everything with no issues. The shark and stingray area is a free for all and that's so cool because when they're good to be pet, you just sit and they come to you naturally to be pet. There were a lot of great fishes and creatures to see in this place and I would definitely recommend this place!

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