Open Daily 9:30am-5:00pm

The Florida Aquarium


with the Sea

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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Year Established

The Aquarium has educated more than 1.5 million students and rescued hundreds of animals since opening.


Animals and plants in our facility

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


Events Hosted per Year

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

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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 Rosy Outlook for the Roseate Spoonbill Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018
    Nine of The Florida Aquarium’s 10 roseate spoonbills recently were selected to participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ AZA Species Survival Plan. The significant developmen...
  • A Mission to Save Florida's Coral Reefs Friday, Jul 27, 2018
    An annual mid-summer tradition early in our marriage was for my wife and I to drive to the Florida Keys for the recreational lobster season. We would hunt the delicious “bugs,” explore t...
  • A Celebration of Sharks: An Interview With The Shark Guy Friday, Jul 27, 2018
    Name and Title: Eric Hovland, Associate Curator at The Florida Aquarium and all around Shark Guy! Did you always want to be a shark expert? As a kid growing up in the Midwest, my on...
Aquarium Entrance

How to Find Us

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602


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