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“Waste of money”

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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$22.89*
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium General Admission
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Day Trip from Orlando
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Winter the Dolphin Tour at Clearwater Beach from Orlando
Ranked #8 of 87 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 10, 2012

We took our four grandchildren to see Winter. Unfortunately we just missed a talk on the dolphin. The next one wasn't for four more hours! There is very little to see besides Winter so there was no way we were waiting four more hours. The highlight of the trip for the grandchildren was the gift shop! If you paid extra you could take a shuttle to another building where there are things from the movie Winter was in. The five year old was not interested. Too bad we wasted a day on this!

1  Thank Sherri B
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This aquarium focuses on rescuing sick and injured sea animals, so we enjoyed supporting their efforts by visiting. And who can resist the story of Winter the dolphin with the prosthetic tail? Although Winter wasn't wearing her tail while we were there (she is still getting used to it and only uses it a few hours a day, they said), we got a thrill out of seeing her and enjoyed the other exhibits as well. It is not a big place, but that is part of its charm. Definitely recommend, especially if you have seen the movie "Dolphin Tale."

Thank Laurie W
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I enjoyed my visit to the aquarium, we were not there very long, just about an hour, but I did enjoy seeing the dolphins, I do like the fact that they rescue and release animals that can go back into the ocean. I am glad to have seen their plans for remodel and growth, their facilities are for a small aquarium and their popularity is growing to a large aquarium, I just hope they keep doing this for the right reasons.

Thank Diesel222_2
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Took my friend and her two children to see Winter and all. Hr friends at the CMA.
Great exhibits! Lots for kids of all ages..very entertaining for ours anyway ages 3, 8, 9, and 11.

Found a B1G1 free coun on valpak.com.....so the price was more than right.

1  Thank MissLapierre
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

There are not many marine animals here and it seems they are more interested in getting money than helping marine life. Winter is trotted out for overpriced pictures--or you can have your picture taken in front of a green screen and they photo shop in the dolphins. More time is devoted to pointing out where the movie was filmed than taking care of the dolphins or the turtles. I was not impressed.

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