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The Florida Aquarium

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Address: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
Phone Number: 813-273-4000
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This aquarium features a fascinating array of animals and birds found along...

This aquarium features a fascinating array of animals and birds found along Florida's waterways.

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Been to a lot of a aquariums. This is one of the best. Loved the wetlands exhibit. Been out in real ones and this is very much as in the outdoors. Cafe service was actually... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great visit. Very educational and worth every penny. Staff is courteous and area is packed with kids. Saturday visit, parking took forever. But overall twas a fun filled tour

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Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I visited the aquarium for the first time on our vacation; the tickets were NOT cheap and for the money, thought there would be so much more to see inside. For the space inside was disappointed there weren't more exhibits.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We made a special tip to Tampa to go to this aquarium and see the sea dragons. That was a big disappointment! There was only one small tank, mainly sea horses in the exhibit and one tank was empty. This is a good place for kids lots of interactive things to do. Cafe was okay but we didn't eat a... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been to a lot of a aquariums. This is one of the best. Loved the wetlands exhibit. Been out in real ones and this is very much as in the outdoors. Cafe service was actually good. New young manager was very personable for such a place. Nice to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun & Educational, great for kids of all ages! Bring a bathing suit and sunscreen for outdoor play area when you're done

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

IMO this is a must-do, must-see, must-experience in Tampa. We stayed in Clearwater for a week and hesitated to make the drive. We are so glad we did! Our toddler loved the animals (think: sharks, sea turtles, fish of all kinds, wetland creatures, even some land creatures). We saw the aquarium staff feeding sting rays and other creatures, and they... More 

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Powhatan, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there with my dad, while he was recuperating from surgery. Very disappointed in what we got for our money. Even with his senior discount and my military discount it was 43.00 for at best 45 minutes. Very little to see, the same things over and over. Most interesting thing was the sea turtle.. Don't waste your time and money.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Only went here because the USS Victory was being renovated. At first I was a little hesitant because it seemed a little pricey. ($20 something per person). We were in there for almost 5 hours! We paid an extra $12 for a behind the scenes tour, which was very good. We got to meet the divers and the animals' chef.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a small aquarium with a couple of exhibits. The day we visited, on the weekend, it was totally overrun with children simply out of control. While we found the exhibits good, they could definitely improve. They might also want to rethink their admission price. It was approximately $48, after coupon, for two adults. Ouch!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I expected a bit more than what was available. It left me wanting. The variety was limited and there wasn't a grand attraction.

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