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“OK, Somewhat interesting...not too much to do there”

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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$21.89*
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium General Admission
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$78.98*
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Day Trip from Orlando
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$77.98*
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Winter the Dolphin Tour at Clearwater Beach from Orlando
Ranked #7 of 85 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
Wichita, Kansas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“OK, Somewhat interesting...not too much to do there”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

The aquarium part was small and the viewing windows were crowded and small as well. Got to see Winter and Hope, but the only thing they did was come up to kids for pictures, boring for everyone else. Not sure if there was any dolphin jumping event? Saw the nurse sharks feeding, but just couldn't get a good look, only so much room around the railing. The Dolphin Tale exhibits were well put together and even had full sets and set pieces. The hurricane rooms were awesome.

Visited July 2014
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Loved seeing winter!!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

The kids loved watching winter use her tail. Very educational. Can't wait to see the new facility next time we visit.

Visited April 2014
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Way overpriced!!!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was just an aside, as my friend had free tickets. When we got up to the ticket booth, we knew we would have never paid the admission price. That decision was compounded when we went in and see what little there was to offer. It was neat to pet the stingrays and to see the marine life, but not worth the price of admission. Plus, you have to pay extra for everything.

Visited July 2014
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Clearwater M, Manager at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
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. Please keep in mind general admission for Clearwater Marine Aquarium includes entry to 2 unique locations and complimentary boat and trolley rides showcasing the charming Clearwater area. Additionally, we are looking to expand our capabilities by building a new home for our resident animals and for future rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
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Joinville, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A kids must-go”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you have kids in your party, don't miss it. It's not fancy and there is nothing extraordinary, but the atmosphere is very educative. Recommend to watch the movie "Winter,the Dolphin" to understand the story behind the aquarium's main attraction.

Visited June 2014
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Bradenton,FL
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“"very nice place"”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

My husband and I visited in July 2014! We really liked the Aquarium. We liked how at each animal area there was someone there who could tell you more about that animal and how they came to be there etc.. like I had no idea River Otters were in the skunk family! You really left there feeling like you learned something you did not know before. There are lots of hands on activities for the little ones too. It was great to meet "Winter " the dolphin and his friends "Hope" and "nicholas" . We also went to the second location to see props and films about the movie "A Dolphin Tale" , it was very interesting!
We would recommend this place to anyone, I am sure we will be back for a visit in the future!

Visited July 2014
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