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Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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249 Windward Passage Clearwater, FL 33767
249 Windward PassageUSFloridaClearwater33767
(727) 441-1790seewinter.com
Aquarium, Animal HospitalToday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
We're a nonprofit, working aquarium dedicated to public education and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured or stranded marine animals. Winter the Dolphin is here!
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Home of the inspiration for "Dolphin Tale," this aquarium exhibits marine mammals & sea turtles.- Google
"You can walk through the aquarium in an hour."
"If your child is under 10 and loved the dolphin tale movie, its ok at best."
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Yo Bonjour
a month ago
I imagine the work they do for rescue is good. I'll give them that. However: 1. The workers are not that friendly - Numerous young workers standing guard at the stingray section, the sea urchin tank, etc. seem quite bothered to have to interact or answer questions. 2. The tanks for the dolphins are horrid. I'm sure the dolphins are better off than being thrown back into the wild, but wow these poor things have to swim in such tiny enclosures. A hotel swimming pool is bigger. I thought this was supposed to be some ultimate example of a great place. It's not. 3. If this is a dolphin rescue and wonderful habitat, why do you make them do tricks? That's creepy and unnatural. 4. The tanks for the sea otters are tragic. I think it's a travesty to keep these poor animals in that concrete mess. Why are they there? Don't come to this - it's not entertaining by any stretch - it's depressing. It is truly some kind of third-world looking place once you're inside. Sad, very sad.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a working marine animal hospital. All of the residents at our facility were rescued and for medical reasons, were deemed non-releasable. Our goal for all rescued animals is rehabilitation and ultimately release. Although we recognize this limits of our facility, we strive to exceed industry standards for animal habitats, life support systems, and care while maximizing the experience and education of our guests. Additionally, we are looking to increase our capabilities by expanding our facility for our resident animals and for future rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Although our ultimate goal of animal rescue is their release, it is important to remember we also provide a home to those rescued too young for release or who have a lifelong condition limiting their chance for survival in the open environment. Once an animal is placed in our resident care, it is our responsibility to ensure it is then taken care of medically and socially. Animal husbandry is designed to enhance our animals’ mental and physical health.
Dorothy Tanner
a month ago
It is not an aquarium. There is no entertainment value. Personnel are not knowledgeable. Total number of animals is about 12 none of which appear to be releasable. Worst of all are acoustics which are just a garbled mess. They could have bought a state of the art sound system with the income they generated just the one day I was there. No excuse for this. The only way this outfit could be nonprofit is if the directors are personally raking it in. I went with someone who had been there about three years ago. Nothing had been changed or updated . Restrooms are in a trailer. Don't waste your money.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit working marine animal hospital. The proceeds from every purchase support our mission. Although we recognize the limitations of our facility, we strive to exceed industry standards for animal habitats, life support systems, and care while maximizing the experience and education of our guests. Our facility is a donated water treatment plant and as such has physical limitations that cause challenges for our guests. Additionally, we are looking to increase our capabilities by expanding our facility for our resident animals and for future rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
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Heather McInnis
a month ago
This place is a pathetic safety hazard dump. Underwater viewing consists of three small windows through which you can see nothing in a hot, narrow tunnel, in which peices of the wall are literally falling apart. Other than that there are a few tanks where you might catch a glimpse of the one turtle or two Dolphins if you wait around long enough. The only good thing I can say about it is that they were quick to issue a refund ... presumably because they are asked to do so several times a day. This shouldn't even be called an aquarium. It's more like a 5- marine animal prison with a gift shop.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit working marine animal hospital. The proceeds from every purchase support our mission. Although we recognize the limitations of our facility, we strive to exceed industry standards for animal habitats, life support systems, and care while maximizing the experience and education of our guests. Our facility is a donated water treatment plant and as such has physical limitations that cause challenges for our guests. Additionally, we are looking to increase our capabilities by expanding our facility for our resident animals and for future rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
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keri mcdaniel
4 months ago
This place serves a amazing purpose here. All of you people who put bad reviews just wanna see a show. This place is a rehab, rescue, and release. your lucky to even be able to see behind the scenes. and non profit is just that NOT FOR PROFIT. it's to take care of the animals give them treatments, surgeries whatever they need. can u even imagine how much that costs to run everyday. I love this place and think it's a awesome place to visit. ;)
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Michael Kraeuter
a week ago
We loved are experience at the aquarium and were very glad to be able to give back to such a great non-profit. The passion that everyone who worked/volunteered there was great. The work they do is truly inspiring just like Winter the dolphin. When you visit this place you have to remember it isn't like a Seaworld, it is better because they have the best interest of the animals they care for in mind. It isn't about entertainment but education so we all become more aware of the wonderful animals and environments they care for. Thank you CMA for a wonderful day!
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Felicia Willie
2 weeks ago
Had a great time!! Wasn't sure what to expect prior to our arrival after reading some of negative reviews however we are a family that bases an opinion on our own personal experience opposed to relying only on the opinions of others. There were two different facilities to experience; both with an array of interesting information with regards to & topics of Marine biology and rescue with hopes/intentions of release (if possible). We found the staff very friendly and when questioned about specific topics (inquiring minds want to know;) ..they were not only knowledgeable in answering questions we had but also offered additional info relating to questions & topics we enquired about. The staff we spoke to were extremely passionate about what they do.. indicating and making it clear that yes, one person can make a difference. The difference begins with caring enough to do something/anything you are able to do for the betterment in the life and situations for these marine mammals & animals. We enjoyed our visit immensely and will return in the future. My daughter (a future marine biologist) also received encouragement from staff to work towards her goals and interest in the field along with them sharing with her their personal goals and dreams with regards as to why they do what they do. In totality, an enrichment to say the least!
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claytonmiles
a month ago
I didn't think it was a good value. The place is doing good work however lacks sufficient areas for public viewing if there is more than a crowd. It was also difficult to hear the staff over the intercom. It was overcrowded the day we went perhaps that is the reason for my decent. Despite that I remain quite dissapointed. The Tampa aquarium was a much better deal in my opinion. As far as the Clearwater aquarium goes I would suggest you give a blind donation you would perhaps feel much better about the orginization and the mission overall.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. We are an aging facility and are working very hard to expand and improve to better accommodate our guests, in addition to expanding our work with rescued animals. Given that it is summer, this is a very busy time for our facility. For maximum enjoyment, we recommend visiting during off peak days and hours. Peak hours are between 11 and 2. Additionally, we are looking to increase our capabilities by expanding our facility for our resident animals and for future rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Denise Miller
5 months ago
We were very disappointed with our visit . I can understand the crowds , but there was no organization. All we did was wander around wanting to see something , The staff was really good about selling merchandise and food. There should have been more effort to see the exhibits. We could not even get close enough to see much of anything. I did see Winter through a cloudy glass for a second. I think more training of your staff would benefit the patrons who have spent quite a bit of money to enjoy the aquarium. Time limits for each attraction, Oh I forgot there attractions. I just had to wander hoping I would see something. I had my 11 year old with me. not good please do better!
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