Go Deeper...With Our Behind The Scenes Programs!

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You'll have a whole new appreciation for our fascinating exhibits after you have experienced one of our Behind The Scenes Programs! 


Tours fill up fast so stop at Guest Services and purchase your tickets as soon as you arrive!

For all behind the scenes programs:  Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian

 * Please note: The Shark Feeding and Stingray Feeding programs include handling raw seafood during food preparation and feeding. Please consider this if you have an allergy to seafood or are concerned that you may have an adverse reaction.


Call (813) 273-4000 for more information about any of these exciting opportunities!            



Choose from these adventures!

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Behind the Scenes Tour


This 1-hour guided tour will give you an opportunity to visit areas that are normally off-limits to our guests. Stop in our commissary to discover how we prepare food for the animals, gain a new perspective from the tops of our largest exhibits and experience feeding time for some of our hungry residents! Your tour will also include a visit from one of our animal ambassadors. You won't want to miss this photo opportunity!


Behind The Scenes tours are offered daily at 1:00pm.


ADA accessible tour.

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Stingray Feeding Tour

The Stingray Feeding Tour provides great information on stingrays: everything from what they eat to why doing the stingray shuffle is so important when visiting Florida beaches. The 30-minute tour, led by an Aquarium educator, gives visitors an opportunity to hand-feed the stingrays. This tour takes place daily at 2:30pm.




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Shark Feeding Tour

The Shark Feeding Tour is currently unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Go behind the scenes with an educator and a biologist to find out how we care for our animals!  Visit our kitchen and help prepare a feast fit for sharks. Don't forget their vitamins!  Then travel behind our Bays and Beaches gallery to target feed our hungry bonnethead sharks. 


This 40-minute experience is only offered on Saturdays at 11:30am.


Participants must be at least 8 years old.