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Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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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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  • We visited during fall break with our 2 children, ages 7 and 10. We spent about 4 hours walking through everything. The kids really enjoyed seeing all the animals, especially Winter and Hope. We did t...  read more »
  • Our family of 6 (grandma, 2 parents, 1 teen and 9 & 10 year olds) had a fabulous day at the marine aquarium. We have taken our children to various large aquariums and it's important to note that this ...  read more »
  • This is a bit of a tricky review to write as it is a good place to visit, but it is hard to maneuver with a baby in a stroller. Many of the animals are at levels/in enclosures that are hard to see if ...  read more »
  • Visited here using a Tampa City Pass, on a rainy day. It's good to be able to see Winter and Hope the dolphins, plus the other rescue animals and the good work they are doing. Had to watch Dolphin Tale that evening too....
  • The visit was a great experience. However I felt I was being discriminated against because me and my husband were Hispanic. A Caucasian couple was in line to pay paid with a credit card they were so nice to them, didn't ask to see Id's with purchase. I get to the register give them my card the person at the register looks at me and rudely says ID please. Does not give me my purchases until it was accepted. Did not bother to ask if I wanted a receipt. So I move aside to see if I was just being ridiculous but next Caucasian couple she was very polite friendly. It was a shame. I looked forward to going for three months as it was my first time. I will never visit again. And it sucks they treat Hispanic people so rudely. I saw them do it to another Hispanic family.
  • I took my two year old daughter there looking for something fun to do. I didn't get the aquarium experience we were looking for. First off when we get there she has to use the potty, but there are no family restrooms. So naturally my next move is to just take her to the men's room and use a stall. Low and behold there's only one stall and someone's in it so we have to wait about ten minutes for this guy to get done; which is an eternity when you have a 2 year old desperately needing to go potty. The "aquarium" itself isn't much of an aquarium. It's more of a marine life rescue and rehab facility. It's mostly outdoors, which isn't pleasant at all in the middle of summer in Florida. Extremely limited viewing content. The tanks that they did have were dirty and the acrylic windows were very scuffed up. My little one kept asking to see more fish, but there just isn't more to see. We were done in about 30-35 minutes, and we walked around the place maybe 5 times. I feel that this place is WAY overpriced. I remember it being a lot cheaper, but I guess they jacked up the price since the movies came out. For 2 dollars more, we could have gone the Florida aquarium in Tampa and seen countless numbers of fish. I read that there's plans to build a new state of the art facility in downtown Clearwater. Hopefully it gets done right, and they keep it at a respectable price.
  • I enjoyed the experience to see Winter, Hope and all of the other rescue animals. However, I went with a friend who uses a wheelchair to get around and this place is not handicap accessible at all. The hallways are barely wide enough for a wheelchair to get through and the elevator is barely big enough for the chair. The lower level views of Winter and Hope are only able to be viewed if you can get up a few steps, totally not viewable from her chair. We were very disappointed that this was not more accessible because we were really excited about going.
  • I loved it!!!! It was a little hard to see Winter and Hope, but I did get beautiful pictures of them during the show. Nicholas was so fun to see and I love how the trainers interacted with him!! The turtles and sharks were also fun, and I loved the new exhibit. Although it didn't look like a traditional aquarium it was still amazing considering it was mostly a rehabilitation center. And last but not least, I loved that the animals had so much space.
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