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The Florida Aquarium

#13 of 197 things to do in Tampa Features Animals
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
+1 813-273-4000
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Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With more than 20,000 species of animals and plants including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience. Begin your Aquarium adventure on our Florida Wetlands Trail. Winding through a vast mangrove forest, you’ll encounter river otters, free-flying birds and native fish. Continue to the second floor of the Wetlands gallery and enter Journey to Madagascar. Filled with Ring-tailed Lemurs, hissing cockroaches and colorful chameleons,this exhibit captures the unique Island of Madagascar and the diverse animals that call it home. The next part on your journey will take you through Bays & Beaches where you’ll discover a Goliath Grouper and other species that call Tampa Bay home. Be sure to make a stop at Stingray Beach where you can touch stingrays and sharks!As you travel onward you’ll descend deeper into aquatic environments where you’ll discover stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and our massive sand tiger sharks!
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“sea life” (171 reviews)
“dolphin cruise” (141 reviews)
“shark tank” (74 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
+1 813-273-4000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My fiancée and I bought the CityPass (which is the way to go in any city that has it) and the FLA aquarium was our first stop. We also purchased tickets for the shark swim. We walked though the whole aquarium twice so we could...More

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a good time, and enjoyed the hands on section for the kids. During our last trip there was some construction so we are excited to go back and see the changes.

Thank Brook J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a pass for a while. Very nicely put together. Exhibits are well done and beautiful creatures on and around water abound. The restaurant'a good. If there's still a boat ride out back- this is fun too.

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is so cool!! Being able to get close to so many awesome fish! There are birds just (ducks mostly) just able to walk around in there! It's so amazing! There are also monkeys you can see and being able to watch the stingrays...More

Thank susan0dunkin
Reviewed 3 days ago

The aquarium was nice but it is small. Not many exhibits. Remember to get the coupon ($2 off) from any local advertisements. Go later in the evening when it is cool if you go in the summer.

Thank lashwn26
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife really wanted to see Penguins but I failed to put 2 and 2 together. It's the Florida Aquarium because it's all things Florida and as most people know, they're not exactly native here. No matter, it was still interesting. We also went for...More

Thank davelI8208UH
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great aquarium!!! Different areas will guide you through some beautiful animals. Staff was kind and well informed. Also a water playground outside, so the kids can cool off... A visit to the aquarium can be combined with the war ship museum next door. Check out...More

Thank Yeronimo n
Reviewed 4 days ago

My family and I went to the aquarium as I'm a big aquarium enthusiast. The aquarium has an excellent Wetlands exhibit. It's a very educational with great signs explaining what your looking at. I really like how everything such as plants and trees being really....More

Thank RickAqua
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Did not expect such a well put together exhibition of florida's wild life creatures that lives in fresh water/salt water and Everglades! Besides that they have lemurs, sea horses and much more! Learned a lot and highly recommend this place in your next visit to...More

Thank Kiki Z
Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy location to find. Clean and friendly Staff. Great selection of Fish, Ocean Life, Birds and Lemurs. Not much of a selection of food and you can't bring in your own food. Great for Kids and Family. Very Nice, but A LOT smaller that I...More

Thank NightmaresGrim
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7 May 2017|
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Response from Marlene G | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Call them direct and speak with someone about it. Don't just listen to their recorded message. With construction, the weather may cause delays.
7 May 2017|
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Response from FLAquarium | Property representative |
Hello! And, thank you for your inquiry. The Splash Pad and our newly constructed and renovated outdoor plaza will open on June 16, 2017.
Victoria E
26 March 2017|
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Response from Kendyb06 | Reviewed this property |
Easily 2-3 hours. We had a one year old with us and started to rush through the end because she was getting hungry. There is so much to see time easily flies by.