Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL

249 Windward PassageClearwater Beach, FL 33767
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium has implemented significant safety precautions to protect staff, animals, and guests while ensuring a fun and educational visit.

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Overview

Clearwater Marine Aquarium received the Tampa Bay Times’ Best of the Best People’s Choice Silver Award for Best Local Tourist Attraction in 2020! Home to “Dolphin Tale” movie star, Winter—a rescued dolphin that uses a prosthetic tail, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the perfect family-friendly attraction to visit in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The marine life rescue center is dedicated to the rescue, rehab and release of dolphins, sea turtles, river otters and more. Guests will be inspired and educated by their work through up-close and interactive educational and fun activities and presentations.

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Good To Know

  • Enjoy both indoor and outdoor experiences.
  • Parking is located in the CMA parking garage.
  • Guest will check in at ticketing located on the 3rd level entrance of CMA.
  • Hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fun for all ages!
  • Guests and CMA personnel who have had their vaccines will not be required to wear a face-covering either inside or outside – except when participating in animal interactions or direct animal contact.
  • It is requested that non-vaccinated guests continue to wear face coverings onsite.

Description

from Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is celebrating 50 years of dedication to marine life in 2022!

Universally loved, rescued dolphins are our best-known animals. These large mammals are intelligent, playful, and full of their own individual personalities! Clearwater Marine Aquariumis dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured marine animals, public education, conservation, and research.

Once you arrive, add on a great selection of interactive activities, including behind-the-scenes tours, Clearwater Bay boat & kayak excursions, and animal interactions*. Don’t forget to bring a photo memory home to remember your day at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

*Limited availability

Exhibits:
Continue your day learning about the mission of rescue, rehab, and release while exploring our marine life hospital, where you can meet the rest of the rescued animals, including turtles, otters, a nurse shark, and brand new residents- rare rough-toothed dolphins!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Can I bring my bag into Clearwater Marine Aquarium?
Yes, however, all bags, purses, backpacks, etc. are subject to inspection prior to aquarium entry.

Is the aquarium ideal for children?
Absolutely. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has plenty for young children to enjoy. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Can I interact with the animals?
Animal interaction is available at specific exhibits and programs. Our animal encounter exhibits and programs include:

  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Trainer for a Day
  • Shark Encounter
  • Feed Rufus (pelican)
  • Feed a Stingray
  • Feed a Puffer Fish
It is recommended that guests reserve their spot at an encounter program early, as they fill up quickly.

Animal interactions are not allowed outside of these specific programs and encounters.

Can I bring food to the aquarium?
Our Shark Bites Cafe has food and beverages available for purchase within the aquarium, but guests may also bring their own snacks.

Is parking available?
Yes. Free parking is available for all guests.