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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The aquarium is located in a prime Clearwater are. It is easy to find. The place has sufficient parking space, but I highly recommend going there before noon. There were plenty of staff members to direct you to the right place, along with adequate signs. The staff is friendly and informative. The place is very well kept and it has a lot of memorabilia from the Dolphin Tale movie. The areas for the animals are accessible and quite easy to get around. The gift shop has quite a nice selection. Be prepared to spend at least $100 or more for just an hour of entertainment and souveniers. It doesn't seem worth it, but the aquarium does perform a noble cause for our aquatic wildlife.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Clearwater M, Guest Relations Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for visiting us at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Jose! We appreciate your support of our work and mission very much!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We are on Spring Break in the area, and decided to visit based on our kids’ love of the Dolphin Tale movies. We knew going in this is more of a rehabilitation facility than a flashy aquarium. We really enjoyed the aquarium. Our kids were so excited to see the dolphins and all of the other animals that are there. We did the behind the scenes tour, which we found interesting. It was worth the visit for us.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Clearwater M, Guest Relations Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

We are so pleased to see that you and your family enjoyed your visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Thank you so much for your kind words, and for your support of our work and mission!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Took our three girls (9, 11, and 13), and we love the Dolphin Tale movies. This was a great connection to that, with seeing the aquarium just as it is in the movie. They have Winter and Hope, and in the tanks up top they have a newer arrival, Nicholas.

You park in the parking deck and then walk about a block around to where the entrance is. Parking cost about $6, which you pay when you park, and they give you a scan card for when you exit.

Just before the entrance, there is a green screen, where they take several pictures of the family against different backgrounds. You have the option to review these and purchase them. One print = $25, Three prints = $35, Four prints = $40, or all photos with the rights to print = $65.

You enter through the gift shop and enter up a set of stairs to where the main tanks are with Winter and Hope. Outside are the tanks where they keep Nicholas and others that arrive, and there are a couple well-covered bleacher sections, where they do presentations and talks about the dolphins.

Inside, near Winter and Hope, are areas where they keep sharks, turtles, and otters. Another area has a touch tank with stingrays, adjacent to a room for young children to learn more about animals.

Downstairs are windows for viewing the lower parts of the dolphin tanks, where you can see Winter and Hope swim around.

If you don't do any other options, like the Behind the Scenes Tour or the Boat Ride, it would be a shorter visit. We did the boat ride, which was into Clearwater Bay, where they cast a net for fish, etc, to log what they find in the Bay, and it made a stop at a sand bar, where kids could look for shelf, etc. The Behind the Scenes Tour was booked for the day we went, and we would have liked to have done that. That, plus the Boat Tour, really make the trip worthwhile.

We spent about 6 hours there. I would recommend getting there when they open, to beat the larger crowds that showed up later.

The prices aren't out of the ordinary, considering this is a non-profit medical facility that receives no income from the movies' revenues.

Our kids loved it.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Clearwater M, Guest Relations Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you so much for visiting us at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and for taking the time to write in about your experience! We're so pleased to see that you enjoyed your day at our facility!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this but I thought it was a little overpriced for what you do and by noon it was so crowded. I would go early if you visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Clearwater M, Guest Relations Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for visiting us at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Courtney! Without guests like you coming through our doors, we wouldn't be able to continue our work and mission; we appreciate your support more than we can say!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Seven year old daughter has been enthralled with dolphins, especially Winter and Hope, since seeing the
movies. Made the drive over to Clearwater Beach from the Atlantic side. We purchased advance tix for the Behind the Scenes Tour and Dolphin Adventure Boat Tour. Really enjoyed both. Tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Saw two groups of dolphins on boat tour, one with a 2-3 week old calf. The bay water was an absolutely beautiful color!

The aquarium is admittedly outdated and undergoing a massive expansion, which is scheduled for completion in 2020. But the place is a rescue facility foremost, not an actual aquarium designed for viewing marine wildlife. Just knowing all that the staff does to educate, rehabilitate and release is what makes the place so special.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Clearwater M, Guest Relations Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you so much for visiting us at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! We're delighted to see that you enjoyed your visit with us, and hope you'll come back and see us again in the future when the expansion is completed!

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