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A visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-do activity when arriving in Florida. This is not your typical aquarium. The non-profit organisation inspires the world through their rescue, rehabilitation and release missions. The aquarium is also an active centre for environmental education and research projects, giving an unique learning experience to all.
Popularly known for housing Winter the Dolphin, who co-starred with Morgan Freeman, for the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, Clearwater aquarium is home to many celebrity sea animals. Read on to learn about your Clearwater aquarium tickets and what to expect during your visit.
Get the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Clearwater aquarium residential animals. The majority of these rescued animals, including Winter the Dolphin, cannot be released due to many reasons, because of which, they have become permanent habitats at the aquarium. Sea turtles, otters, pelicans, sharks and stingrays are a few to be named.
Unlike other aquariums, Clearwater aquarium stands out for mainly acting as a rescue facility for many injured marine animals. When visiting, you will get the chance to see their animal hospital, high-quality facilities and even rescued animals at the aquarium. You can also go behind the scenes to explore the treatment and care offered for marine animals for an eye-opening experience.
Make your experience a memorable one by meeting the residential animals at Clearwater aquarium. Get up close and personal by learning from the experts on how to feed and interact with friendly marine animals. Don’t miss out on special screenings and exhibits where you’ll gain new insights about aquatic species and their preservation.
Whether you choose to explore the behind the scenes action with trained staff or wish to spend your afternoon on one of the boat tours around Clearwater Bay, the guided tours are an easy pathway to make the most of your experience at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. From learning about the dolphins to kayaking, catching backstage magic - the guided tours have a lot to offer.
Occupying 20,000 sq.ft of space in Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s newly expanded centre, the exhibit gives an immersive underwater experience to all visitors. Learn about these gentle giants through educational and virtual reality facilities. Not to mention, a life-size whale galley and an interactive kid’s zone to gain the complete experience.
Now kids get the unique opportunity to join Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about marine life anytime throughout the year. The educational program held during summer, spring and holiday breaks aim at giving a creative experience for children that goes beyond classroom activities.
Clearwater Aquarium is daily from:
10 AM - 6 PM
Extended hours on select dates from:
9 AM - 7 PM
Closed on: Thanksgiving and Christmas
Christmas Eve: 10 AM - 2 PM
New Year’s Eve: 10 AM - 4 PM
Please note: hours are subject to change
Duration: On average, you can easily spend 2-3 hours at Clearwater Aquarium.
Address: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767, United States
Orlando - Take 14 to Tampa following which, take Veteran’s Expressway to the Country Campbell Causeway, heading west. Continue on Hwy 60/Gulf to Bay Blvd, turn right to Island Way. Take a left on Windward Passage.
Tampa - Go on the Country Campbell (Hwy 60), heading west. Continue on Hwy 60/Gulf to Bay Blvd, turn right to Island Way. Take a left on Windward Passage.
Clearwater Beach - Take the Causeway Blvd/Clearwater Memorial Causeway eastbound at the traffic circle. Continue on Hwy 60. Turn left to Island Way. Take a left on Windward Passage.
Bus: The closest bus stop is Island Way + Memorial Causeway, a 1-min walk to the attraction. Bus SCBT will bring you here.
Check out the dining options available in and around Clearwater Aquarium.
Shark Bite Cafe
Enjoy everything from cheeseburgers and flatbreads to fresh salads and lots more at Shark Bite Cafe.
Kid’s meals and vegetarian options are also available where visitors can dine in an air-conditioned space or relax out on the open-air Dolphin Terrace with the incredible view of Clearwater Bay.
Visitors can also enjoy beer and wine on the terrace. (Must be 21 or older)
Island Way Grill
Enjoy fresh seafood specialities at Island Way Grill located near Clearwater Aquarium. Be it delicious fish and chips, baked scallops or sea bass alfredo - this restaurant has something for everyone.
Island Way Grill also offers a wide range of options for wine if you wish to take some time out to relax with your loved ones.
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A. Yes, Clearwater Aquarium is open to visitors.
A. Clearwater Aquarium is daily from:
10 AM - 6 PM
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
A. If you wish to escape the crowd, visiting during weekdays and earlier during the day would be ideal as there would be fewer guests and tourists. Avoid visiting during summer/winter breaks to enjoy a hassle-free experience at Clearwater Aquarium.
A. Clearwater Aquarium tickets start at $32.95
A. You can book your Clearwater Aquarium tickets online.
A. The best way to purchase Clearwater Aquarium tickets is to book them online. This way you get vouchers for great offers and can also reserve slots well in advance, granting access to Clearwater Aquarium for the date of your choice.
A. Children aged 3-21 can avail discounted Clearwater Aquarium tickets for $26.95. Senior citizens aged 60 and above can also enjoy reduced tickets for $24.95.
A. Children below the age of 3 can enter for free to Clearwater Aquarium.
A. Get a full refund on canceling Clearwater Aquarium tickets up to 24 hours before the schedule.
A. Yes, you can buy Clearwater Aquarium on-site. However, since the daily capacity has been reduced, it is highly recommended to book your tickets online to order your slot in advance.