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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
"It also should not be called an aquarium, at best it's a marine hospital."
"We also went on the Sea Life Safari (boat tour."
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Yo Bonjour
a week 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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Heather McInnis
a week 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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claytonmiles
in the last week
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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Denise Miller
4 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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Dorothy Tanner
3 weeks 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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Ashleigh Cope
2 months ago
"Aquarium" is a loose term when used in reference to the Clearwater aquarium. It's actually more of a rescue. Which is cool. But they advertise it as a "see-all" chance to view a wide variety of animals in a large facility.. This is not the case. Instead of viewing tanks with fish in them what you really get to see is a bunch of interns spending their time cleaning tanks and rehabbing animals. Although a great place to receive and education on the dangers fishing line the height of tourism is a very over-marketed chance to be within the vicinity of Winter, the disabled dolphin featured in "A Dolphin's Tale" Overall- over priced- but the money goes to a good cause. Just don't bank on a lot of eye candy.
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keri mcdaniel
3 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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Shanon Norman
in the last week
A great place to visit, a great place to work. I worked there most of 2014 in Ticketing and I have nothing but the best of praise to give this organization. I see that there are some reviews from visitors complaining about what the aquarium offers as a tourist spot. I am saddened to see that people who really don’t know much about CMA would disparage them before becoming more educated. First of all, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Non-Profit Organization. Years ago, before Winter and the aquarium, it was a marine-rescue hospital. Their focus was on sea turtles and they have a history of doing extraordinary work. A visitor ought not compare CMA to the likes of The Tampa Aquarium or other humongous aquariums they’ve seen, because that’s not what CMA is about. If you just want to see pools and pools of pretty aquatic life, then go to The Tampa Aquarium and you won’t be disappointed. But if you want an educational experience and to support a non-profit that is doing incredibly helpful work for marine life, then CMA is for you. While Winter the movie-star dolphin may have brought fame to CMA, she is only one of many living creatures that CMA has rescued. There motto, “Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Release” is a beautiful tradition for them and they live up to it. Some people complain about the price and I am appalled at that. It’s about $20 for an entrance ticket. They offer discounts for AAA members, teachers, military, through groupon, and with coupons in Valpak. Considering most theme parks charge over $100 for one person to get in, I’m surprised that anyone would call CMA expensive. The $20 ticket gets you into the aquarium (at Island Estates, where Winter is) and into their museum “Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure” (in downtown Clearwater)... it also provides FREE parking (unheard of today) and a FREE transport (either trolley or a lovely 20 minute pontoon boat ride) to and from both facilities. The boat ride alone is worth the ticket price. When I worked in ticketing, people would have a buy one get one free coupon and still want more discounts. I just couldn’t believe that they didn’t want to DONATE to a good cause. CMA is blessed to have many volunteers and contributors who believe in their cause and future goals. But tourists seem to be the worst visitors and the worst (uneducated) critics. There’s no rides and there’s no shows. These animals were once sick and are healing so don’t expect them to do back flips just because you spent $20. And be realistic about photographs. Everyone seems to think they can get a picture with Winter while they jump in the pool and pet her. Not going to happen. While they do offer similar photo opportunities,they are very expensive and usually booked way in advance because they can only do a very limited amount per day. Why? Because it’s not healthy for the animals and there is risk to the animal and the individual every time they do it. Your best value for nifty photos is at the Green Screen photo vendor. They give you a variety of shots and it’s all on a computer disk for you to use in many ways. (If you really want personal interaction and photos with dolphins, then you should research places like Sea World or Discovery Cove where the animals are healthy and the business is set up for that. Also less expensive.) As for employment at CMA, I very much enjoyed working there. The management was very professional and kind. They often show appreciation with gifts and parties. It’s not a place to work if you need to make a lot of money. And everyone starts out part-time with no guarantee of hours. So if you’re considering working there, know that you need to have a very flexible schedule and not require a beefy paycheck. I recommend retirees or first time jobbers or anyone with a true passion for marine life. Anyway, I just want to give CMA a great review because I love them and only wish them success.
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