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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Tours and Activities

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
More than just an aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue and rehabilitation center. Set on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the center gained fame when it rescued Winter, a baby dolphin that later starred in the Dolphin Tale movies. You can visit Winter and other dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and such at the aquarium.

The Basics
Learn about Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission of rescue, rehabilitation, and release by touring its many exhibits and taking part in educational activities. Join a guided behind-the-scenes tour, take a safari boat ride in the waters surrounding the aquarium, shadow animal care professionals, and much more. In addition to seeing the aquarium's rehabilitated animals that can't be released into the wild, you can also observe the rescue and rehabilitation process first-hand at its hospital.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The aquarium is a family-friendly activity that engages and educates all ages.
  • Special programs, such as animal encounters, sell out due to limited availability. Book in advance.
  • The aquarium is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but the Sea Life Safari and Dolphin Adventure Tour are not.
  • Some exhibits are outdoors, so come prepared for all weather. Wearing layers is recommended.

How to Get There
The aquarium is located in Clearwater, a 40-minute drive from both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Take FL-60 West to Island Way in Clearwater. Then, follow Island Way and Windward Passage to Marina Way. The aquarium is located at the end of Marina Way. Paid parking is available in the aquarium's garage.

When to Get There
Peak season in Clearwater is around winter holidays, spring break, and summer school vacations. In these times, the aquarium can be quite crowded, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Avoid visiting when it is raining because some of the outdoor exhibits may be closed. 

Visit the Stars of Dolphin Tale
Fans of the movie Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 can meet the movies’ stars—Winter and Hope—and learn the backstory of both dolphins' rescues at the aquarium. The movie was filmed at the aquarium so you can visit the movie set too. Plus, learn about the rehabilitation of the dolphins, see Winter’s prosthetic tail in action, and watch Winter and Hope interact.

Address: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, Florida 33767, USA
Admission: Varies
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Tampa Bay CityPASS

Tampa Bay CityPASS

Experience Tampa’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Tampa Bay CityPASS. Visit Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Then choose betwee the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) or The Tropics Boat Tours. This Tampa Bay CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from the first date of use. Transportation to and from attractions is not included.
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