It’s going to be a fun day for the whole family at the Florida Aquarium. Explore a variety of aquatic plants and animals throughout the aquarium, plus hands-on exhibits that offer an up-close look at marine life and their ecosystems. There is also a 2-acre outdoor water park for the kids, and educational shows. Take a Wild Dolphin Cruise, watch the penguin promenade, or even dive with the sharks!
The Florida Aquarium
A premier aquarium in the state of Florida, and known to many as one of the best kid-friendly aquariums in the U.S., the Florida Aquarium delivers an engaging mix of fun and discovery that makes for a super day for the entire family. The impressive three-story, glass domed aquarium sits alongside the scenic waterfront in the Channelside District in downtown Tampa, surrounded by shops, nightlife, and restaurants.
Visitors will encounter thousands of marine animals and plants throughout the air-conditioned building. Two separate touch-tanks provide an up-close opportunity to encounter the sea life, while a variety of exhibits – such as the Coral Reef Gallery and Ocean Commotion - showcases the aquatic animals and their ecosystems in Florida and around the world. There are assorted educational shows for the kids, such as Trail Talks and Secret Sea Life Superhero, as well as fun encounters including Penguin Meet & Greet, “Tango” Character Meet & Greet, and Stingray Feeding Talk. Not to mention a big rainforest-themed water play area called The Splash Pad with spray zones, water spouts and dump buckets everywhere.
Another hit with the kids is the 4-D theater, with daily showings featuring digital 3-D that’s brought to life through 4-D multisensory effects – sure to captivate the entire family! And if that’s not enough excitement for you, the Wild Dolphin Cruise, which is an add-on experience not included in general admission, is an awesome adventure worth experiencing. Get to know Tampa Bay’s beloved bottlenose dolphins and learn about the importance of dolphin conservation in a first-hand encounter. There’s always something to see from sea otters and sharks, to birds and penguins at the Florida Aquarium – educational, hands-on, and so much fun.
Hours of Operation:
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas