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The Florida Aquarium

#13 of 196 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” (166 reviews)
“dolphin cruise” (138 reviews)
“shark tank” (71 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

Only wish I had had more than the 3 hours spent there. Great to learn about Florida wild life not just sea life.

Thank Davedwi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Everything was great! Our event coordinator Jaclyn made it wonderful! Everyone loved the food! We were in the vinik room with view of river.

Thank 2119rio
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great day outing. Parking available on site. It is like other Aquariums that I've been to except this one is missing the Big area glass room 360* as I've seen in others which was a real treat as it made you feel as...More

Thank skyprincess_12
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a top class day visit for about four hours. Convenient location in the Channelside District of Tampa on the outskirts of Downtown Tampa. Lots of nearby dining and entertainment and convenient transportation.

Thank windyful
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went to this aquarium on Fathers Day , very crowded but alot of fun and alot of exhibits , alot of animals and fish you would not see anywhere else. ! Will be returning !

Thank Apawlowski
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to the Aquarium on an anniversary trip with friends and are looking forward to taking our kids, 12&4, back next year when we go to FL. It was really a fantastic value for the price and the amount of exhibits, marine life and...More

Thank Sarah N Steve B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It felt really small to me, I think I enjoyed my aquarium in NJ (Camden) better. I probably went through in less than an hour. It was cute but I expected more. So I felt for the price they should charge a little less.

Thank Melissa L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Disappointed: Parking inconvenient Need a shuttle Looks tired, this is uptown Tampa Water fountains-3 did not work Kids enjoyed immensely until they got to to the ridiculous cost of souvenirs I will take grandchildren to Lowry Park Zoo on next trip.

Thank Sam K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took our 4 year old son on a week day while visiting in the area only because it was raining. It was clean but not very big and not much to look at compared to Atlanta aquarium. We only stayed for about a hour...More

Thank 2012Chas
Reviewed 5 days ago

Scientific work being done here to save and someday restore coral reefs is not just interesting . . . its important.

Thank munderwood99
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We will be visiting the first week of June. Will the splash pad be open? I know it says closed until summer, but hoping maybe construction is ahead of schedule :)!
6 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.
We will be visiting the first week of June. Will the splash pad be open? I know it says closed until summer, but hoping maybe construction is ahead of schedule :)!
6 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
How much time should we allot to our visit to the aquarium?
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.