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The Florida Aquarium

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Downtown Tampa

The Florida Aquarium

Our mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment.

Explore and Discover

The Florida Aquarium enables you to get up close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world. More than a must-see attraction, we are working to protect and restore our blue planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim our seas.

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the numbers

1995

Year Established

The Aquarium has educated more than 1.7 million students and rescued hundreds of animals since opening.

8000

Animals and plants in our facility

We care deeply about our animal family and hope you connect with them too.

300

Events Hosted per Year

The Florida Aquarium is the perfect place for your next event. Check out our delicious menus and incredible settings!

conservation sea turtle

 

Creating Positive Change for the Natural Environment

The Florida Aquarium actively participates in and promotes stewardship of the natural environment as part of our mission of conservation.

We are all connected to the big blue ocean. The Florida Aquarium team believes we can and must turn the tide on the threats now facing her.

Our efforts focus on coral reefs, sea turtles and sharks found in our blue backyard —Tampa Bay, The Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys and Cuba. Through scientific diving, research and rescue efforts, we are helping to restore Florida’s disappearing coral reefs, rehabilitating and returning sea turtles to the ocean, and addressing the dwindling sand tiger shark populations. And that’s just for starters … there’s so much more, from educating and inspiring our community about conservation action to supporting swallow-tailed kite population research, African penguin nesting in South Africa, and Lemur conservation in Madagascar. We are working passionately every day to protect and restore our blue planet.

The Latest Updates

  • A New Hope: Saving the Florida Reef Tract Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019
    Keri O’ Neil devotes her life to saving coral reefs, but she doesn’t sugarcoat the outlook. When asked about reports that climate change will wipe out the world’s coral reefs wi...
  • The Threat of Climate Change Friday, Jan 4, 2019
    Recent international reports on climate change depict a bleak future. Among the findings: Even if nations succeed in meeting the frequently cited goal of keeping warming below 2 degrees...
  • Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium Friday, Nov 16, 2018
    The Florida Aquarium has over 200 employees with jobs as diverse as the animals that call the facility home. We have educators that teach school programs, sales staff that sell Aquarium-themed weddi...
  • Waves of Wonder, a Reimagined Experience Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018
    The Florida Aquarium’s newly opened Waves of Wonder gallery offers such an involving experience that it is easy to overlook the complexity of making the project a reality. The logistics we...
Aquarium Entrance

How to Find Us

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602

Parking

Entrance to lot is located north of the Aquarium off the east side of Channelside Drive at York Street

Open Daily

9:30 AM to 5:00 PM