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The Florida Aquarium

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Experience The Florida Aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the World. It's not only an aquarium, but an aviary and botanical garden, with more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals, both native to Florida and all over the Globe. The Florida Aquarium is 200,000 square feet of excitement and fun!


  • Discover sea life along Florida's coast at the Bays and Beaches Gallery
  • Encounter the World's most fascinating predators: sharks, a giant pacific octopus, lionfish and more!
  • Kids play in watery waves and slippery slides and parents enjoy the comfort of the Tampa Tribune Cantina, easily viewing their child's play and great table service
  • Explore the art, science and fun of the aquarium hobby and discover why Florida is a leader in the global tropical fish business
  • Learn what it takes to make the Aquarium work at the Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Interactive, kid-friendly presentation, featuring a 600-gallon touch pool
  • Encounter animals that thrive in local waters, aboard a 72-foot, 130 passenger powered catamaran
  • And much, much more!
The Florida Aquarium's mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about the natural environment. It serves as a significant example of Florida's commitment to preserving native landscapes, ecosystems, historical and archaeological sites, and ethnic and cultural traditions representative of the diverse geography and cultural life unique to the state. Since it's opening in March 1995, the Aquarium has provided cultural enrichment experiences to more than seven million visitors, including 100,000 school students and teachers annually.

The Florida Aquarium's focus is on the aquatic habitats and ecosystems of Florida, as well as the diversity of the state's aquatic life, all of which are displayed with uniqueness and creativity in main galleries, exhibits and activities throughout the facility. Begin your journey in Wetlands with free-flighted birds, alligators and river otters and discover more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals.

In Bays and Beaches discover the wonderful world of aquatic animals that live as our neighbors in Tampa Bay and along our shores. Get up close and personal with African Black-footed penguins in the 'no borders, no barriers' Penguin Promenade and a close encounter with the deep ocean's, top five species of sharks from around the world, including the intimidating Sand Tiger shark. Then go just a little further to find the lion fish, moral eels and octopus.

See beautiful exotic fish, play fish games, watch vintage films about pet fish, meet some real 'aquariumaniacs' and discover the history, art, science and fun of keeping pet fish at home. The Coral Reef Gallery "Dragons Down Under" features both leafy and weedy sea dragons. Take a walkabout through this Australian-themed exhibit and learn the stories of sea dragons and their kin.

The Caribbean themed family friendly outdoor exhibit, with the Explore a Shore, 2.2 acre aquatic discovery zone for kids, makes the perfect stop during an Aquarium visit. Explore the Aquarium as never before.

Get your eTicket today and start planning your visit to The Florida Aquarium. There's so much to see, so you better hurry. The alligators are waiting!
The Florida Aquarium awaits
Watch out for the Sharks!
Encounter animals that thrive in local waters, aboard a 72-foot, 130 passenger powered catamaran
The Florida Aquarium's mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about the natural environment.
Oh, what a life!
There's so much to see, so you better hurry
Boston Old Town Trolley with free Harbor Cruise


The Florida Aquarium

Operating Times:

Operates Daily: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm | Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 6 months of the purchase date.


self guided

Booth Location:

The Florida Aquarium | 701 Channelside Dr | Tampa, FL 33602

Nearest Intersection:

Channelside Dr and E. Cumberland Ave


Parking is $6.00

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: 2-12 years | Children under 2 are free | Seniors 60+


The Aquarium is most crowded on the weekends, during the holiday season and summer. If you plan to visit on Sat and Sun, you can beat the crowds by arriving early, between 9:30 am and 10:30 am, and in the afternoon during the week | The main entrance is accessible by wheelchair and the aquarium is fully accessible to the disabled. Wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis with appropriate identification and a credit card. Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Florida Aquarium parking lot north of the Aquarium on the east side of Channelside Drive | Call ahead for tour times and availability of special tours, attractions and exhibits.

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