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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
AquariumToday 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
"Important to remember the Aquarium is a repurposed water treatment facility."
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"If your child is under 10 and loved the dolphin tale movie, its ok at best."
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Edith Lowery
3 months ago
I If any of you people had ever seen the movie you would understand where this place came from, seriously. Can you all not get off your high horses and believe in the power of giving for once. These people who run this place are not doing this for some big show, they are doing it to inform the public and to help the animals, and if you would stop and talk to some of the people instead of just whisking through, looking at the animals and then leaving while judging their facility you might be able to learn a little something. If every person cared just a little bit more about others and a little less about what they got out of it this world could be a little bit better off, at least for a little while. Its just too bad that most people don't care that much to not judge on appearances.
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Kathleen Cram
a month ago
We loved it! We went with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson and it was one of most memorable experiences. Learning about the mission of the Aquarium to save and rescue all marine animals was most inspiring. We would highly recommend.
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Katie Bursich
2 months ago
Poor excuse for an "aquarium." Incredibly dirty. The gift shop is the biggest room in the place, and it just screams dolphin tale advertisement. Apparently, there are supposed to be sharks; when we tried to find the sharks, we were guided to a small crowded room with screaming kids and were unable to see anything through the windows except fish and stingrays. I maybe would've given this place two stars if I was actually able to move around. They need to get a bigger facility; obviously, cramming everything in small corners isn't the best solution.
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Clent Jones
a month ago
Great place to visit!! Yes it is small and they only have a select group of marine life, but people have to keep in mind that their primary goal is to help wild marine life and thats exactly what they do. The staff is very friendly and helpful and offer educational information in regards to all the animals. The admission is a bit expensive, but worth every penny, they do offer a discount if you pre-puchase tickets online. I would definitly go back with my wife and 9 year old daughter because it was a great experience.
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Kory Hartman
a month ago
Super friendly, helpful staff and a wonderful organization! Those who say you can't stay longer than an hour must be blind or unable to be pleased with anything. It was great! Kids 8 and 11 with us, but even if you don't have kids, you'll learn a ton. Hope was doing a lot of swimming/training, Winter had the tail on a couple different times but also rested a lot... but she is older! Otters, pelicans, turtles, sharks, stingrays, and 3 dolphins, plus a real, working marine rehabilitation center. Lots to see and do. We also went on the Sea Life Safari (boat tour). Highly recommended! Tyler, the marine biologist on the boat was funny and knowledgeable. We saw 3 dolphins in the bay but they were far away and moving fast. Still very cool with net pull and closeup showings of crabs, fish, urchins, and more!
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craig A
3 weeks ago
very nice place to visit ,helpful staff and the boat ride where they go out in the bay and tell kids about the things they caught in the net and take them out to shell island is a must and you can really learn alot ,even for the grown ups. and of course winter and hope .it was a great time and would recommend to anyone with kids who loved the movies.
jeff kaplan
2 months ago
Absolutely terrible !!! This place is pulling on your heartstrings calling itself a non-profit marine rescue. What a joke...The Marine aquarium is really just a bunch of holding tanks the size of motel swimming pools with a couple of sea turtles, otters, and dolphins, swimming around in them. After spending 30 or 40 minutes walking around and fighting the crowd (the tickets are way "oversold", unless you like to just describe things to your child...) we decided to try to salvage the day by at least taking the boat tour across the bay for the Dolphin Tale exhibit. BIG MISTAKE !!! They basically transport your party across the bay (one way ticket) to a Building that is nothing more than a big gift shop with a few tired movie props. Then comes the big surprise...You are stuck here waiting for two hours to get back to your car at the aquarium...Why ??? because they do not have adequate transportation for the numbers of people they are selling tickets to. Our family spent more time waiting for the trolley (supposedly faster) to get back than we spent at the aquarium and Dolphin Tale Rip Off Gift Shop. Send them a donation if you must, but be advised...At $ 21.00 a pop I'm sure they make at least 50 to 100 thousand dollars a day, AND they aren't spending it on the animals. 2 words describe this place TOURIST TRAP. This place is about fleecing your wallet with stuffed dolphins. Go to the Florida (Tampa) Aquarium instead...Better in EVERY way !!!
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Monroe Ra
2 weeks ago
A wonderful asset to the Clearwater community! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to a very friendly and knowledgable staff committed to providing care and treatment to injured and neglected marine life in need of rehabilitation. They provide the much needed treatment to animals in distress while also educating the community and it's visitors on the proper care and treatment of marine life. I'm not entirely certain where all the negative feedback is coming from (especially directed towards such a positive organization), but a new aquarium is scheduled to be built in downtown Clearwater in the very near future. The new facility downtown will provide the much needed space and modern upgrades that the current one is lacking. The downtown Clearwater area can definitely use more tourist friendly attractions.
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