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Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Day Trip from Orlando
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium General Admission
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Winter the Dolphin Tour at Clearwater Beach from Orlando
Ranked #7 of 86 things to do in Clearwater
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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
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Wed. Oct. 26th, we visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium - a rescue hospital housed in a decommissioned Clearwater waste treatment plant - to visit Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail. Unlike Sea World, which charges $80 to watch dolphins perform, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium charges $14.95 ($10.95 if purchased through AAA) to spend an entire day getting up close and personal with Winter and her three friends, Panama (45 ), Nicholas (12 ) and Hope, a year old dolphin who was found attempting to nurse from her deceased mother the very day the movie - "Dolphin Tale" wrapped up. We also saw sea otters, large sea turtles and watched sharks being fed. Both above and under water viewing is available for dolphins and sharks. Injured animals are treated and released unless they are too badly injured or were too young when rescued to have developed the social and survival skills needed to live in the wild.
We opted for a VIP ticket for $34.95 which entitled us to a days' admission plus a backstage tour, a 2 hour eco-cruise and a 10% discount in the gift shop. Lunch can be purchased aboard the colorful boat - Calypso Queen. The facility is completely handicap accessible.
We had a wonderful day and will definitely pay a return visit.

4  Thank Jeancorlando_FL
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

you have to remember when going here, this is an animal recovery and rehab center first

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Reviewed October 26, 2011

This is so worth a little side trip to Island Way!!

1  Thank ellemari33
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

The Marine Aquarium is a stress free, educational, and heartwarming place to visit. Their sole purpose is to rescue, rehab, and release marine animals. It's a great place to visit for the whole family. We saw Winter the star of the movie Dolphin Tale. It is amazing to see how well she is doing and to witness the hard work of all the people employed there. They truly love the work they do. Great facility!

6  Thank Lorraine B
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

What a wonderful place to visit. We live in florida and decided it was time to visit the Clearwater aquarium - we were very impressed. The staff are very friendly and full of information about the dolphins. We got a pictures taken holding Winter's tail and some fantastic close up pictures of all the dolphins. Worth a trip.

4  Thank VisitStPeteBeach
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