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The Florida Aquarium
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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
Ranked #13 of 196 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 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!
State College, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2014

Went by myself because it was raining. So glad I did. Great for adults and kids. Walking distance to hotels.

Visited February 2014
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“Very nice”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

It rained all but one day while we were in Florida so we need to take up our days. We enjoyed the visit to the aquarium very clean nice exhibits they are building a area for the penguins that should be nice in a few months. The sea horse was a favorite of mine so many different kinds

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting and nice”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

A perfect place to go for all ages. Interesting and well planned with animals and nature related to the area. Facts and information presented in a nice way.

Visited January 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Boarding the Dolphin Cruise was precarious for seniors”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

The aquarium itself was small but clean with interesting displays. There were a multitude of fish species, and a multitude of young school children running about with marginal supervision. Given the size of the aquarium and the number of children, it was impossible to get away from them. It felt like being in the center of the school playground during recess. I am ok with children at museums, etc., but this was just way too many at a time, with insufficient adult supervision. There is one show involving two divers in the tank with sharks, and one diver has a microphone, but we could not understand much of what he was saying. The show was geared toward young children.
We took the dolphin cruise, which was excellent other than the surprisingly dangerous boarding and disembarking process. There was a short gangplank with rails on both sides - ok so far. But then you have to step down onto a step structure with absolutely no rails, and you are told to grab a hand of staff who are there to help you. Their willingness to help was appreciated, but it certainly did not provide the same assistance as a side rail. After you take these steps (3?), you make a 90 degree turn onto an identical set of steps with no side rail. If one tripped and fell, you could conceivable fall directly into Tampa Bay.
This is far from handicapped accessible. Younger people and the fit will find this no challenge, but for others it was daunting. We have taken many similar boat tours, and never had this type of problem.

Visited January 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“A great place to visit for adults and children alike”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We were a little hesitant about visiting here because of some of the reviews on Trip Advisor but you MUST go! It was great. We times our visit so that we could take in most of the presentations that were made so our visit lasted almost 5 hours. You can go there and back to the different areas, which is what we did so that we could see the various presentations but the place is not that big that you can't do this. The staff were very friendly and helpful. All the facilities there were very good and they are working on a new area there to make the place a lot bigger too. I would go back there.

Visited January 2014
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