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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

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  • The Florida Aquarium is located in downtown Tampa
  • See thousands of sea animals and plants Hands-on experience with live sharks and rays in a 5,000 gallon touch pool
  • Enjoy live animal encounters, and a complete program schedule daily
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
From US$24,65
Explore and learn about more than 20,000 sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Touch a bamboo shark or a sea star. Discover reef fishes, corals, giant clams, tortoises and more from Florida’s waters and around the world at this Tampa Bay attraction.
What to Expect
The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with over 20,000 aquatic creatures, including sharks, otters, alligators and many more. Walk along the Wetlands Trail past alligator-infested waters to the river streams where otters play and explore.

Then stroll along the boardwalk and touch a variety of different species of stingrays and sharks at a touch pool called Stingray Beach. Look for white-spotted bamboo sharks, coral catsharks, southern rays and more. See penguins right up close. Check out Ocean Commotion, a colorful exhibit with unique jellies, colorful clownfish, a pacific octopus, and more. And don’t forget to check out the outdoor water fun zone for children called Splash Pad. Check out the one-of-a-kind view at the Coral Reef Gallery, one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world.


"Splash Pad"

Splash Pad is 2.2 acre aquatic discovery zone for kids. Bring swim suits for the kids who are invited to play in in the outdoor plaza (weather permitting) at the rain-forest themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides and more. Best of all - it's free with regular admission!

  • Fins Bar provides an area for parents to enjoy refreshments, relax and watch their children play.

Penguin Meet & Greet
Stop by the Avian Research Center in the Main Lobby to meet Black Footed African Penguins. Learn fascinating facts about this endangered species. See their schedule in the Visitors Guide when you arrive at the Aquarium.

Journey to Madagascar
The country of Madagascar is known as a biodiversity hotspot; this gallery will take you through the wildlife and landscapes of the world's fourth largest island, where you will see ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches, chameleons and an Indian Ocean coral reef.

Wetlands Gallery
Your adventure begins under a spectacular glass dome, home to freshwater fish, free flying birds, playful river otters, Florida alligators, and a host of other inhabitants of Florida's wetlands. Climb a giant staircase to the towering mezzanine of the Wetlands Lookout for a bird's eye view of the entire gallery below.

Bays and Beaches Gallery
Maybe you've been to Florida's beaches, but do you ever wonder what's lurking below the surface? Take a walk under a bridge, stroll by the beach, and encounter seahorses, stingrays and spiny lobsters without ever getting wet. You'll see the life of Florida bays and shorelines upclose and in awe-inspiring detail.

Coral Reefs Gallery
Plunge into the awesome underwater world of a 60-foot dive for a one-of-a-kind look at a coral grotto. From clouds of colorful fish swimming in unison, to green moray eels hiding in dark crevices, it's a constantly moving parade of life.

No BoneZone
This unique No Bone Zone features invertebrates (animals without backbones), and is especially designed for the younger marine enthusiast with low tanks and plenty of hands-on opportunities.

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Reviews (31)
1 - 5 of 17 reviews
Reviewed 14 October 2018
Third timer

This was my third time visiting this attraction and it gets better and better. There is something here for everyone! My 80 year old father loved rocking in a chair and watching fish school! There are opportunities to swim in the aquarium tanks for the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank gypsy2014
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Every year when we visit Tampa, my grandchildren MUST go to the Florida Aquarium. The staff is helpful and super friendly. My grandson loves it because he learns something new every time he goes. It is worth the visit, time and again.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DeborahS1740
Reviewed 24 September 2018
Great for two year olds

This is a wonderful aquarium for two year olds because of all the tanks being at her eye level and different shapes of the tanks. We ate lunch at the cafe and had philly cheese steaks that were quite flavoraful and filling. The fries were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 18 September 2018
Nice Aquarium!

This was a very nice aquarium and had a good layout. It was easy to see the displays and seemed to be a good size and set-up for those with children. My husband and I enjoyed a rainy afternoon there.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank pamelabA7925YV
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Amazing place to enjoy from beginning to end...Very educational and fun at the same time... clean bathrooms and many activities for the kids. This is a must to visit if you are in the area or passing by. Get the tickets from Tampa City pass...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hillarodri
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