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Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

1. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

2. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

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My daughter and I had a hard time finding parking but once that part of our trip was figured out, we had such a great time. We walked up to guest services and I pulled up my ticket on my phone Lady scanned it and we went straight inside were we was greeted by a lady that told us how to get around the aquarium. We enjoyed our day. My daughter had just turned 3 last week and she and I was both able to touch jelly fish, sting rays, and we was able to get through the whole place in about 2.5 hours this included playing on the splash pad. We will come back a visit the aquarium with other family members because we really did enjoy our time. Because of hurricane Ian the 4D movie was closed and there wasn’t any food areas open. Since we was not allowed to bring food inside the gates when she said hungry we took off pretty quick.

IT WAS SO FUN. I’m not a kid and I don’t have any children, but my boyfriend and l really enjoyed the experience. If you are going on a weekday, it’s usually not too busy so “skip the line” isn’t really needed. But everything was fantastic, the place is very clean. The touch pools were my favorite. Definitely a must see.

I had never seen an aquarium with as many things to see and watch. The tour was absolutely awesome. Let there be no doubt I will be taking my grandchildren to the aquarium when they come to visit me in Florida.

Easy and cheaper than the Aquarium website. Just scan the barcode at the entrance. They also have free luggage storage for cruise passengers since it’s only one block away

I had my 6 year old and 6 month old granddaughters. They were both entertained for our 3 hour visit. Nice to be indoors on a very hot day. I would recommend for all ages.