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The Florida Aquarium, Tampa

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Delve into the wonders of the underwater world at The Florida Aquarium. Situated in the Channel District of historic Tampa, the aquarium features a collection of more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals, as well as an outdoor water park and several interactive exhibits. Wander past alligator swamps and 4.3 m (14 ft) long Burmese pythons in the simulated wetlands exhibit, or head out on the open water on a wild dolphin viewing expedition aboard the aquarium’s 22 m (72 ft) catamaran. Don’t miss a chance to swim with the fish through the guest dive program. Catch a city bus to the aquarium to avoid paying to park. Put The Florida Aquarium into our Tampa trip builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tampa.
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  • It was a great experience. a nice place to go out for a walk and enjoy the views. The dolphins were the highlight of it all.  more »
  • Spent the day here and enjoyed it. The shows were very educational and fun to watch. Loved all the fish and sharks, also the seahorses. We liked this aquarium better than the National one in Springfie...  more »
  • This place was very cool - and big, we where there for over 3 hours, and enjoyed every minute of it. Our family was picked for the SuperHero show - and that was fun seeing the divers in the tank. Shar...  more »
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  • It's a nice regional aquarium. It has a nice mix of the standard indoor/dark exhibits and more open air exhibits. About half the area is devoted to regional wildlife. Overall the exhibits are well done and the place seems to be clean and well cared for. There aren't a lot of terribly unique animals, but that's pretty normal. There is a medium sized tank with alligators (kinda required), and a large tank with multiple windows to watch sharks. One particular standout is a collection of nicely presented jellyfish. Also lemurs. Because... Lemurs. One thing the aquarium does do well is accommodate kids. The exhibits are well designed for them, and there are nice programs throughout the day. There is a really nice water park outside the aquarium with facilities to help take a nice break to cool off. The gift shop is also well done. One downside is the price. Online ticketing helps a bit and let's you skip a ticketing line which does grow to annoying lengths layer in the day, but the price is higher than normal for the size. It's not so much that it's prohibitive, but be prepared and look for discounts.
  • Awesome place. Great staff. Plan on spending a day. We shorted ourselves and wished we had more time. So many cool things to see and do. Plenty of interaction for the little and big kids. Can't wait to plan a return trip. Don't miss this attraction
  • Small aquarium with quite a few interactive displays. Able to get up close to many of the displays. A comprehensive display of animals and fishes found in Florida swamp and sea. Obviously no manatee or dolphin - those you need to visit other places to have a closed encounter. Nice playground out back for the kids to get wet and cool down on a hot summer day. Parking rate also very reasonable.
  • Our family went for the first time. We will go back again. They have so many animals. The exhibits are very nice. We didn't expect to see so many birds and the lemurs were so cute. We did the boat and admission combo. It was well worth it. The boat gives a great visual and informative tour and we did see dolphins along with many other animals. An added bonus is that the staff is very polite.
  • This is a wonderful place for a quick and educational visit. Every employee is wonderful, helpful and very eager answer any and all questions. I highly recommend signing up for a special tour. The only downside is that it is pretty small. Without the extra tour I got, it probably would have been an hour or so visit. However, for those who have little kids it seemed to be fantastic. With all the hands on activities and the splash pad, one could be there for quite a bit longer. Overall fantastic, just wish there had been more of it!
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