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The Florida Aquarium
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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
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Ranked #13 of 198 things to do in Tampa
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With thousands 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. 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!
Reviewed July 4, 2013

My twins (now 5) learned how to walk here and loved it. We had a membership for many years (newborn through 3), but then they became pretty bored with it since it is very small and at times can feel crowded. Go early and skip the food, which is not the best!

Thank KatieSelman
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My kids like to fly through exhibits. I wish they would slow down a little so I can read about each stop. :) They did like stopping to touch the sting rays and baby alligator. It seemed a little pricey, but overall a good experience.

Thank Rikki H
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We have never visited an Aquarium before so we decided it was time to go on a recent Saturday afternoon. Although it did not occur to us that every child in Tampa, under 10 years old, would visit at the same time, we really enjoyed the experience. Very nice displays and the building is laid out in an interesting manner that made it appear larger than it actually was. The tour of the Liberty Ship was also worth the cover charge. They’ve done a marvelous job with the restoration and you should check it out if you’re interested in WWII.
Enjoy!

Thank runner24
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We visited the aquarium on a day with the threat of rain but found it was not terribly crowded. We enjoyed the exhibits and information. It was a bit pricey (save a little with AAA) but not outrageous. It was self paced with many, well-spaced exhibits. There were many families with young children, older couples, and a fair share of young adults. We did see the penguins out and about, but did not wait for any of their scheduled shows (just not lined up with our timing).

Thank tamurray
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I went to the Aquarium with my best friend back in 2011. We really enjoyed it...Food available, great variation of animals...I loved it.

Thank Mrs D D
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