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Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater
(3.5/5 based on 5,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange your visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and discover more family-friendly attractions in Clearwater using our Clearwater family vacation planner.
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  • It said aquarium so I was thinking fish, tons and tons of exotic fish. As it turns out this is a rehab facility for injured marine life (dolphins, turtles, rays etc) and not an actual aquarium. Once t...  more »
  • My family and I had such a wonderful time visiting CMA! WORTH EVERY PENNY of admission price if you have kids into animals and/or like the Dolphin Tale movies. SO MUCH to see while there, the presenta...  more »
  • It was great to see all the animals that this place is helping! Nicolas, Winter and Hope were awesome to see! It was really cool to see all the animals from the movies "Dolphin Tale" and "Dolphin Tale...  more »
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  • I like this place and we visit often. Many do not realize that this is a rehabilitation center for the dolphins (and sea turtles etc). You will not see dolphin shows where they have dolphins do tricks, you will not see hundreds of different fish, this is a place that helps insured animals so please keep this in mind when going there. My three year old loves the sting ray encounters and being able to see the dolphins and turtles every time we go. Just wish they still had the mango and coconut sorbet ice cream they used to sell there
  • This was my first time going there. I went for my birthday and got my picture taken with a dolphin. I love this place. Very well kept. The animals were very happy and well taken care if. Would go again and tell family and friends about it.
  • Winter is here. The dolphin from the movies, she's here and it is so cool to see her in person. The staff is great and very informative, they also have some great extra curricular packages that are worth it.
  • We had an excellent experience at CMA. My wife got to see her beloved sea turtles and my daughter and I got to feed the sharks. The staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We are looking forward to the expansion and what new facilities will do to enhance the experience.
  • Do go here thinking your gonna get to have a personal encounter with any of the dolphins i told my little one that before we got their. There is 3 maybe 4 dolphins couple sea turtles 2 otters and the bird. The guys who runs this place was there with sawyer and my daughter was exited to just see him but he walked right by everyone. I figured it out later when we went to the other place its pretty cool but sawyer and the guy were talking and said he would sign autographs but you had to bu a clearwater marine aquarium merchandise. They are in it for the money so lower your expectations.