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The Florida Aquarium

#13 of 198 things to do in Tampa Features Animals
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
+1 813-273-4000
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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!
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“sea life” (168 reviews)
“dolphin cruise” (139 reviews)
“shark tank” (71 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
+1 813-273-4000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We purchased a Tampa Trio pass (a great value!) and the aquarium was one of the places to visit. We loved seeing all the aquatic animals, petting stingrays, watching divers in the tank with sharks during a learning segment, & seeing fish and ducks swimming...More

Thank lmjarvis
Reviewed 2 days ago

We are annual pass holders to the aquarium, and my kids (7,5,1) love it. The aquarium just built a new splash area for the kids which expanded the original area. The displays are extremely clean and animals look to be well kept. The only draw...More

Thank Scott A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk on the Riverwalk to get here. The system wasn't working at its highest capacity so they were writing each ticket number down on paper. The views here are spectacular. Easy to navigate around the building. Thought there should have been more...More

Thank JaeBobbi
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not their fault but it was so crowded (mostly groups of small kids) that it was near impossible to get close to some of the exhibits. Personally, I felt claustrophobic in the some areas. I've been to the beautiful aquarium in Atlanta so this one...More

Thank Chandleronthemove
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not sure what all the other reviewers are talking about when they say they saw everything in "45 mins" or "90 mins". They must have literally ran through it while it was empty. We spent a wonderful 3+ hours viewing all of the sights the...More

Thank ERat
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Perfect size interactive aquarium for afternoon adventure. It is well layed out but can get crazy and loud with school kids. Very clean and well staffed. It takes a few hours to few all exhibits.

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The aquarium was ok. We saw everything in 45 minutes since is so small, almost all attractions are on the second floor. They have a new splash pad, but it has barely any shade. I think is too expensive for what you actually get. You...More

Thank Billy684
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits were very well done and informative. Everything was clean and well taken care of. It is on the smaller side and a bit over priced.

Thank snwgrl71
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to several aquariums and this one is excellent. Highly recommend especially for those who don't live here and have not had the experience of snorkeling or diving a reef.

Thank Victoria J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this aquarium! The exhibits were very well maintained and interactive. We especially enjoyed watching the divers in the shark tank. If I had known in advance that this experience was offered to the public (do not have to be scuba certified), I...More

Thank benoitm319
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6 May 2017|
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Response from Marlene G | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Call them direct and speak with someone about it. Don't just listen to their recorded message. With construction, the weather may cause delays.
6 May 2017|
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Response from FLAquarium | Property representative |
Hello! And, thank you for your inquiry. The Splash Pad and our newly constructed and renovated outdoor plaza will open on June 16, 2017.
Victoria E
26 March 2017|
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Response from Kendyb06 | Reviewed this property |
Easily 2-3 hours. We had a one year old with us and started to rush through the end because she was getting hungry. There is so much to see time easily flies by.