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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Address: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767
Phone Number: 727-441-1790
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$79*
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73%
Ranked #11 of 78 things to do in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Clearwater Marine Aquarium's...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Minnesota
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

If it would have been $5.00, then yes, worth our time but......we paid $70 for our family with a group rate even!! And we wished we hadnt. 😢 for the price, not much to see. Disappointed

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I have been to the CMA many times and I realize that it is small and expensive. I think you have to keep in mind what their main mission is........rescuing injured marine life, and they do their job VERY well. The rates are high because they are trying to build a new, bigger facility. A number of the workers are... More 

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Toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Clearwater Marine aquarium May not be the biggest aquarium in the world but is definitely Beautiful and a must see. The Dolphins winter and hope bring inspiration to all, The performances that they put on are simply mesmerizing. All the staff at the aquarium are so very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend that you visit this place... More 

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Gray, Tennessee
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

If you go to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium please keep in mind what the facility is and was designed for - an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility. It was not designed to be Sea World. I'm sure they've had a huge explosion of popularity after the Dolphin Tale movies so I think they've done well to handle such an influx... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium while on our vacation and was very disappointed - for the price you pay, there isn't much to see there. We did enjoy the The Florida Aquarium in Tampa - a lot more to see there and enjoyed it very much!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

100$ to see one dolphin. The other one wasn't even there. They had "winter" ? Up in the stand doing therapy so u couldn't even see her. Nothing else was going on. The trolly driver is insane and shouldn't be allowed to drive . She almost tipped the thing! Hello there are kids on "here"?! Also, I get it for... More 

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CMAquarium, Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit organization. The proceeds from every purchase support our mission. Although we recognize the limitations of our facility, we strive to exceed industry standards for animal habitats, life support systems, and care while maximizing the experience and education of our guests. Additionally, we are looking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Highly recommend going - especially if you're familiar with the movies. Wonderful experience and greatly respect the volunteers. Only suggestion would be to organize the programs better. Lots of confusion as to where you go depending on the ticket you purchased. We were sent to three different areas - none of which were where we were supposed to be. But... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I have seen both Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. I was so excited to think that we were going to CMA and see Winter and Hope. We did get to see quite a bit of Hope, but not much of Winter. The seating was limited, standing was crowded. It was very smelly. I loved seeing the pelicans, Desi and... More 

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CMAquarium, Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit organization. The proceeds from every purchase support our mission. Although we recognize the limitations of our facility, we strive to exceed industry standards for animal habitats, life support systems, and care while maximizing the experience and education of our guests. Additionally, we are looking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I went here w/ my friend and her daughter. I will be honest and admit that winter and hope made the aquarium... BUT.. I love that fact that it is a rescue, I don't like going to aquariums and seeing a bunch of healthy animals robbed of their freedom. You know that these animals have to be here. and their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

If you are expecting to see shows like you would at Seaworld, this is not the place. This is an entertaining and fun learning experience. One of the best parts for my 9-year old daughter was her fascination interacting with the stingrays. There are two areas where everyone has an opportunity to touch the stingrays. We also got to see... More 

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