Florida Aquarium Ticket: Explore 9,000 Sea Creatures
4.3
514 Ratings
Tampa
Explore and learn about more than 9,000 sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Dive into a journey through Florida's diverse aquatic ecosystems and discover interactive touch experiences, a coral reef ecosystem, and conservation efforts.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • The Florida Aquarium - The Florida Aquarium offers a unique look at all that swims, floats, and crawls in and around Florida waters and beyond.

The 200,000 square-feet attraction is home to more than 9,000 animals. Follow the journey from a single drop of rain to the deep waters where the ocean’s top predators are found. Along the way see river otters, alligators, stingrays, seahorses and pipefishes, fascinating jellies (commonly called jellyfish), lion fish, sea turtles, sharks and more! There is a 500,000 gallon floor-to-ceiling Coral Reef tank, 3 touch pools, plus multiple other exhibits. Watch your children enjoy an outdoor play area (Splash Pad) with wet and dry zones, or see a short film in our 4-D Theater– all included with general admission!

The Florida Aquarium is conveniently located in downtown Tampa, along the trolley line, and between 2 cruise ship terminals.

What's Included
    • Infants aged 0-2 go free
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking fee
Additional Information

Dive into the world of 9,000+ coastal species at the Florida Aquarium nestled in the heart of Tampa. The one of a kind tour at the Florida Aquarium begins with a droplet of water from Florida’s bountiful natural springs, stretching to the expansive aquatic environment of the Florida Keys and beyond. Visitors are treated to a recreated wetlands environment under a towering glass atrium where native fauna like alligators, river otters, and free flying pink spoonbills reside. Touch exhibits allow interactive engagements with moon jellies (better known as jelly fish), rays, bamboo sharks, and sea anemones. Explore the dwellers of the Indian Ocean in the ‘Journey to Madagascar’ exhibit. A mammoth 500,000 gallon ecosystem with a coral reef housing sharks, sea turtles, reef fish, eels and numerous other species is sure to captivate. Learn about the conservation initiatives the Florida Aquarium is a part of, including coral rebuilding in the ‘Waves of Wonder’ exhibit. Entry includes access to the Splash Pad, ideal for the little ones!

  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services counter for an additional fee; quantities are limited.
  • Infants 0-2 are free
  • Parking options include a City of Tampa lot located 1 block north of The Florida Aquarium on Channelside Drive. Additional parking lots and garages are within walking distance of the Aquarium.
  • Please note: your ticket is active for up to 48 hours after your originally purchased date and time of visit as long as your original ticket is valid (has not been used and Aquarium barcode has not been scanned).
Location
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr,
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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(514 Ratings)
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Ami_m
Feb 23, 2024
After cruise excursion! - We left the cruise ship and it was so easy to walk to the aquarium. They put your luggage in storage and then you just walk right into the aquarium. The aquarium looks small but as you walk around you see lots of amazing and colourful fishes, reptiles and a few mammals! It is worth it to hang out here killing time before heading to the airport for a late afternoon flight after leaving the cruise terminal!
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Joan_k
Feb 16, 2024
The dolphin sightings on... - The dolphin sightings on boat and the beautiful sea life to learn about Very clean and friendly staff.
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Melissa_a
Jan 28, 2024
Aquarium - We had a great time. It was beautiful. We was able to get in with no problems. It was a great experience.
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Davidiver11
Jan 16, 2024
Great post-cruise experience - We stopped because the aquarium is just across the street from cruise terminal 2, they hold your luggage for no additional charge, and we had several hours to kill. We were amazed and fully engrossed for 2-3 hours. It is a great place for kids too, with an outdoor play area.
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Pam_p
Feb 21, 2024
Overall good with a little disappointment - We enjoyed the tropical fish the most, however the wetlands exhibit is really good too. Having been to several aquariums, the penguin exhibit was most disappointing. This is always a favorite of ours, so only seeing 3 little penguins was sad. They didn’t play so it was pointless. The staff was really nice & knowledgeable.
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Tripwittiff
Feb 19, 2024
"EHHHH" - We went here on a rainy Sunday afternoon at appox 1:30-2 pm with my son and his fiance. I was not aware until reading online that you should purchase tickets in advance so that you are guararateed to go inside and its even called "SKIP THE LINE' well I will tell you that after circling and circling the parking lot to find a spot to park and paying the $10 at the machine to park(because the app kept saying it was unavaible at the time ) we had to walk in the rain to the aquarium and I was hoping once we got up there we would get right in since we pre-purchsed tickets...lol... NOT!!! The line was all the way to the parking lot and it was raining and we had to wait anyway with the people who had not bought tickets yet so that was pointless, once inside it was sooo packed you could hardly get round and had to wait for everything. I was really disappointed in the fact that the womens bathroom did not have a diaper changing table and my husband said there was one in the man's bathroom?? I found this to be very strange because they are usually in both or at least the womens if anything. The best part of the whole day was being able to touch the jellyfish an sting rays and I guess it was better than sitting home and the cost for the four of us to get in was $133 which is not to bad considering the other prices in the area for attractions. The pictures they take when you walk in are not to expensive etiher, they give you a little card with QR code and you can view your pics that way and buy them later if you want and they are $35.00 for all or $30 for a big one. Also, eat before you go because the food is super expensive as well but they always seem to be that way in these places so that did not surprise me.
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Brandonw712
Feb 19, 2024
Not great value. - Not really worth the money. We expected more bigger exhibits, lots of fish tanks, just not that cool or unique. Wouldn’t bother coming back. The one in Clearwater is better.
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Amygirl77
Feb 18, 2024
Absolute chaos - Got “skip the line” tix. Tried to find parking for 30 minutes in the rain, then stood in line in the pouring rain with no shelter for another 30 with our “skip the line” passes. Walk up ticket entry is no line and no waiting. Inside is total chaos with WAY too many people and small exhibits. Literally shoulder to shoulder with screaming children and strollers ramming your ankles. We were there for all of 45 mins. Unless you have literally nothing else to do, avoid entirely. Maybe weekdays and sunny weather is better, but good luck.
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Youngmargaret
Jan 21, 2024
Not a good experience - As we entered the aquarium, the first thing we encountered was a tank very full of jellyfish which we were encouraged to gently touch. We know they are "only fish" but somehow it didn't seem right. The conditions the creatures were kept in varied. Some tanks seemed small or very crowded but to be fair, others, especially in the new gallery, were much better. The worst thing was seeing the birds. Having watched flamingoes skimming over the sea and diving for dish the previous day it was upsetting to see one in captivity, doing nothing. A roseate spoonbill was trying its best to find material to build a nest on a ledge, with little success. We were there on a busy Sunday and the whole place was extremely noisy. The gentle music in one section was sadly pointless. I disagree with reviewers that that say the aquarium is only suitable for children - just the opposite, unless you want to educate them about creatures in captivity. However, there is the opportunity to identify and enjoy those displays which are good.
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Marlene
Feb 18, 2024
This was a waste of time, money, and patience bc of overcrowding. - Way too crowded. Need to put a limit on people... And strollers. Also more air circulation was needed!! Please hand out maps, not downloads... And parking was ridiculous!
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