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The Florida Aquarium


with the Sea

Downtown Tampa
An exterior view of The Florida Aquarium

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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a perfectly poised yellow boxfish
the numbers


Year Established

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


Animals 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!

A florida aquarium diver underwater


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 NEWS

  • Moon Bay: A New Florida Aquarium Touch Experience Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    Ocean jellies (more commonly known as jellyfish) are one of the last creatures you might think of touching, but The Florida Aquarium is about to introduce a new exhibit that gives guests an up-...
  • A Critical Mission to Restore Florida's Imperiled Reef Tract Thursday, May 2, 2019
    The Florida Aquarium’s efforts to save the imperiled Florida Reef Tract involves customized laboratories, innovative research and meticulous attention to detail. It also requires backbreaking w...
  • The Seahorse: A Fish that Fascinates Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
    They lack the fierce visage of a shark, the shimmering beauty of an angelfish and the playful personality of a river otter, yet seahorses inevitably fascinate The Florida Aquarium’s visitors, w...
  • Florida's Water Story Begins Underground Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019
    Visitors to The Florida Aquarium quickly learn the state’s water story “begins underground.” As the Wetlands Trail’s entrance explains, “Water gushes to the surfac...
The Florida Aquarium building front exterior with a large manta ray statue riding waves

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