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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” (167 reviews)
“dolphin cruise” (138 reviews)
“shark tank” (71 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
+1 813-273-4000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It only took us 90 minutes to walk through, but I took some beautiful pictures. It seems like the perfect place to come with children or grandchildren.

Thank Susan0711
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I enjoy all the exhibitions and the great fishes. It was somewhat pack but not too many people there. I enjoyed the lemur exhibition and the jelly fish. This was my second visit and I enjoyed it a lot. I didn't get to eat there...More

1  Thank Christian C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great aquarium with lots of different aquatic animals!! A nice afternoon well spent..great for both adults and kids alike.

Thank Jenjen0531
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The aquarium is not bad for the size. Wish they had an actual penguin exhibit. I have a little one who is obsessed with them. She was excited that you get to be with in a foot of one and love the main tank. The...More

Thank Charlane J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow, great place to go for a family outing. It is nice and cool and bright. Kids will have a good time and believe it or not so will the adults.

Thank Tonia T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A definite highlight are the river otters. My daughter gets a kick out of their flips and fast movements. The aquarium is good sized for children and you can go through without losing their attention. The exhibits are very nicely done and the place is...More

Thank MJW1013
Reviewed 4 days ago 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 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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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 :)!
May 6, 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 :)!
May 6, 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?
March 25, 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.