Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

3.5
More than just a marine animal attraction, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured animals. The aquarium opened in 1972 with a mission to educate the public about the importance of animal conservation. The aquarium took over a facility that once housed a local water treatment plant. You can learn about the aquarium's continued efforts to rehabilitate sick and injured animals by visiting its working hospital, which houses river otters, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Get involved and stay in touch with your favorite marine mammal by becoming a friend, protector, or guardian of one of the aquarium's permanent residents. Check online for adoption levels and animals currently in need of financial support. Add Clearwater Marine Aquarium to your Clearwater travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Clearwater trip itinerary maker site .
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Reviews
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  • This was a great aquarium! It was so educational it gave you a different viewpoint as to the ecosystem in Florida, and how this particular aquarium interacts with the marine life in this area. It is a...  more »
  • It was our third time at the CMA and it never gets boring visiting Winter, Nicholas and Hope the dolphins. The sea turtles, otters, fish and sharks all delighted  more »
  • It truly is a great place. It is a great experience for children, but I find it interesting for myself (over 50) every time I go. You need to visit and support this awesome place frequently!  more »
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  • From the animals to the staff this is the most incredible place! The way they care for their animals and the sea life in their area is incredible! You are not just going to a typical aquarium, you are seeing people who have made these creature's part of their family. They have a hospital, recovery tanks and some incredible dolphins that never disappoint! They care so much for the kiddos that come visit it's spectacular! Heartwarming and inspiring experience! Best part is, it's a non profit! They use your dollars to help more animals!
  • I need to start by saying this is a non-profit organization that I wholeheartedly support. They received $0 from the movies made and other Hollywood profits. The negative reviews mostly contain comments about the costs associated with the aquarium, the crowd, the overall appearance and the smell. I overspent considering the short amount of time we spent here, but knowing that 100% of my money supports the aquarium, I have zero regrets. My daughter and I went on a weekday at 3pm, which was perfect. We were able to park in a front spot in the garage and were the only ones in the ticket line. There were still some shows going on and we were able to catch a few, however, there were more options earlier in the day. She was able to participate in feeding animals, was up front and center for the exhibits, and the stingray petting area had minimal crowding allowing us both to "pet" the rays. The website suggested 2-3 hours to tour the aquarium, however, we were in and out in under 2 hours. The green screen pics that are taken at the entrance are totally worth the $64. They are fantastic! Not to mention, the photos are now owned by you and are saved on a keepsake dolphin thumbdrive! The overall physical appearance of the aquarium is far from exquisite, but I'd rather my money support sick or injured animals than sip overpriced Starbucks at a Cafe housed inside of an aquarium promoting plush seating and Glade Plug-ins.
  • I love that this is an educational facility. They show pride and care for the animals here. Staff was always available to answer any questions. Truly a wonderful organization. This is not as large as the one in Tampa, but I was fine with this. The Dolphins of course were very nice to see. We also enjoyed the Rays as well.
  • Fantastic marine rescue animal hospital made famous by A Dolphin Tale movies. Their incredible work is funded in part by the excellent educational exhibits which include a few dolphins (including the actual Winter), otters, sea turtles, sharks and fish. They do a fantastic job being personal. Please do not expect a big entertainment venue or full blown commercial aquarium. This is a teaching hospital with a personal touch. Love their staff and their mission.
  • What a fantastic place for kids and adults. If you get the chance you should definitely go and you get a boat ride for a dolphin watch on top of it, whether you're a big kid or little kid it's a must do while you're there. Say "Hi" to Winter the dolphin and all his fabulous friends from the movie!

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If you come to Clearwater to enjoy the weather and explore the beaches, choose one of the city's five-star beachfront resorts. You can also stay close to the water while on holiday by booking your stay at one of the city's "condotels," where you can have all the expected amenities of a hotel with an added bonus of your own kitchen. Alternatively, you can also choose a more affordable old-Florida style beach motel or quaint bed and breakfast, providing all the comforts of home at the fraction of the cost charged by the big-name resorts.
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