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701 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602
701 Channelside DriveUSFloridaTampa33602
(813) 273-4000flaquarium.org
AquariumToday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmSunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country! Experience sharks, alligators and penguins! Immerse yourself in interactive programs like Swim With The Fishes or take a W
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Aquarium with sharks, penguins, stingray touch tanks, a wild dolphin cruise & a water playground.- Google
"If I visit again, I'll do the dolphin tour boat ride also - seems like fun."
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"Very good,the shark tank its super."
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John Ciambrone
2 months ago
I would give the whole experience a C+. It's a good place for kids to go. The aquarium itself is rather modest. I had really expected it to be much larger. A lot of it was devoted to Florida's interior marshy and swamp lands. Sea life was under represented. There were sharks and a lot of rays but considering Florida has almost 1400 miles of coastline I thought there would a large display of sea creatures. It was interesting, just not on the scale I expected. The outdoor water play area was actually the funnest part for my kids (all under 4). No pools or swimming, just sprinklers and water guns. My wife found a discount online so our admission price was fairly reasonable through a third party website. The online discount on the aquarium's site is only a couple of bucks off. Otherwise I think the admission is a bit pricey for what it is. The food was awful and expensive. I mean it was really bad. The cheeseburger was obviously made from soy, not meat and not palatable. The panini sandwich was pre-made, probably frozen at some point and horrible. I don't know how they make such simple dishes taste so bad. And you'll pay and least twice as much as you should. Avoid the snack bar. AVOID THE SNACK BAR! Pack some snacks or eat your sock, it can't be any worse than the food. This was a one and done adventure for us. Next time we'll skip the aquarium and just hit a water park.
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Chad Burton
a month ago
Always a treat to take my son. I personally love the Red fish, they're massive! Located directly next to the cruise ships, if you are lucky you might even catch one embarking. Always fun to wave to strangers.
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Tiffany Walensky
a week ago
One of our favorite places to visit as a family. Our young daughters love looking at all the aquariums, and especially love the gift shop afterwards.
Princess Cami
2 weeks ago
I love the hands on experience and the penguin show. it's Great for my kiddos 6 &1.
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Kimberly Taylor
a month ago
I am really disappointed that a Family Friendly attraction would host a pro abortion event "Roe on the Rocks". You promote protecting the environment and endangered species yet you would open your venue to a group that promotes killing innocent babies. I know it is legal to do so but it is certainly not moral. How as a parent am I to explain to my children why you would support an organization that profits from murdering voiceless babies? You can be sure that The Florida Aquarium will no longer receive my patronage and I will no longer recommend to family, friends and acquaintances your attraction as a family friendly and a worthy cause to support. I hope you search your heart and listen to your conscience and do the right thing.
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Hoku Phillips
5 months ago
Lovely aquarium, and it's a very short walk from the Marriott Tampa Waterside hotel. They have the most active Giant octopus I've ever seen - it would sprawl out on the aquarium glass, then assume all sorts of postures. Fun! It was nice to see the crocodiles, playful river otters and colorful birds like the Spoonbills in the Wetlands section. The touch tanks were great, the rays were friendly and the bamboo sharks were not shy either. The horseshoe crabs were fun. The only downer was a staff member named Richard, who was condescending almost to the point of rudeness. Overall, the aquarium is well worth the fee. I made it through in about an hour and a half, but you could linger for 2-3 hours easily and the kids would have a great time. They have a cafe overlooking the water, but I didn't get a chance to try it. If I visit again, I'll do the dolphin tour boat ride also - seems like fun.
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Justin Heaton
a month ago
The aquarium was cool, lots of nice fish. We paid extra for the dolphin cruise and we didn't see any dolphin.
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Leo Pereira
3 months ago
Very small place but a great experience if you take the penguin experience. It is a unique experience for kids.

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