Florida Aquarium, Tampa

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  • Address: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602, United States
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8132734000
  • Ticket Price: 24 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Beach, Garden, Aquarium, Play, Family And Kids, Nature, Exhibition , Green House
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About Florida Aquarium, Tampa

The second non-profit wonderworld that is Tampa’s claim to fun fame, the Aquarium is home to about 20,000 plants and animals, most of which are from around Florida, but quite a few also from the rest of the world.

As an exhibit… it is unusual and brilliant, thanks to its layout. To help visitors relate to the importance of the natural environment, the progression of the attraction follows the journey of a single drop of water from it’s birth at Floridás fresh water springs through beaches, wetlands, a coral reef until it reaches the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Each of these themed exhibits cover the plants and animal life, and of them, the coral reef is especially magical.

Explore A Shore: A 2 acre Caribbean themed water garden for children to play in.

Dive with the sharks, Shark Swim and Swim with the fishes lets you become part of the exhibit! You need a scuba diving certificate for the first one though.

You may host events at the Aquarium. Contact them to arrange it.

Tampa’s most fun and interactive attraction, the Florida Aquarium is unique in the manner that it aims to bring enjoyment as well as awareness to all the people who visit it. Tickets for Florida Aquarium sell like hot cakes so expect a long line at the ticketing counter. Instead you can buy tickets for Florida Aquarium from our ticketing portal where you have the ability to see Florida Aquarium ticket prices and also combine Florida Aquarium tickets with other various tours and activities in Tampa.

Florida Aquarium Information

  • No outside food our drinks allowed.
  • Parking is for USD 6.

How To reach Florida Aquarium by Public Transport

  • Bus 8 stop S Meridian Av @ Cumberland Ave

Restaurants Near Florida Aquarium

  • Channelside Bay Pizza
  • Hooters

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  • This is a wonderful place for a quick and educational visit. Every employee is wonderful, helpful and very eager answer any and all questions. I highly recommend signing up for a special tour. The only downside is that it is pretty small. Without the extra tour I got, it probably would have been an hour or so visit. However, for those who have little kids it seemed to be fantastic. With all the hands on activities and the splash pad, one could be there for quite a bit longer. Overall fantastic, just wish there had been more of it!

  • Excellent aquarium! We were very impressed by the exhibits and how well cared for everything was. We have kept saltwater and freshwater aquariums before, so we always look at the exhibits with a critical eye (and some other places have been downright shameful!). We did the behind-the-scenes tour, and while it was mildly interesting and not too expensive (~$8 per person if purchased as a combo ticket online), I don’t think I would do it again. My only disappointment was the lack of a penguin exhibit. They offer a “meet the penguin” experience so I assumed they would have penguins on display; there was a section of the aquarium under renovation so perhaps it will be a penguin exhibit in the future. But as of our visit in Feb 2018, the only penguin we saw was one they brought out for a keeper talk in the lobby mid-afternoon. The stingray touch tank gets an A++! My son (5 years old) kept asking to go back so he could touch the stingrays again! Their octopus is also the friendliest I’ve seen in an aquarium setting. She was on the front glass and moved around quite a bit in the 10 minutes I stood and watched her. She isn’t hyped the way she should be! There was a fair bit of glare on her tank from nearby exhibits, though, which made catching a good picture of her very difficult (her tank is not well lit per normal octopus keeping standards). My son was also a huge fan of their playground - which was really nice and SHADED! Overall, we had a wonderful experience and will definitely visit again the next time we are in the area!

  • Wonderful experience!! My boyfriend and I attended the aquarium on Feb. 2nd 2018. We had a BLAST! Every time we walked the aquarium (three times) we saw new things that we didn’t see the previous times. We were lucky enough to see a keeper talk with the rat snake, Shelley the penguin and a box turtle, and also see some keepers train the lemurs which was extremely adorable! I absolutely love penguins so we decided to take part in the penguin meet and greet! Definitely one of the most memorable experiences in my life! Thank you Florida Aquarium for everything you do and such a great visit!

  • Really nice size aquarium with more than just fish. The staff is friendly and helpful, and there are a number of special programs, feeding times, and themes that make it interesting. The splash area outside is large and a fun way for families with littles to get more value out of the entrance fee. A group of moderately engaged adults can do the exhibits in a couple of hours, so lingering to pet sting rays or sift for shark teeth or spending time on the splash pad could easily stretch it to a half-day outing.

  • Very nice and clean. Super Kid Friendly ! Very beautiful! There did have some LEGO displays in tanks without water. My daughter and I touched a ray and a anemone. It’s a wonderful experience. Very friendly staff. Good price for tickets. I did only see one octopus. Which I saw more. Saw a lot of jelly fishes and seahorses !!! Would go again !

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