The Florida Aquarium's 2-acre outdoor water play area lets the kids cool off while parents relax under the shade of the Cantina bar and grill. The Splash Pad, a rainforest-themed play area, brings fantastic froggy fun for kids to splash away in water play elements, climb ons and dump buckets!
From playful river otters to intimidating sharks, there are more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants to see during a visit to the Aquarium. Touch a bamboo shark in Stingray Beach or a sea star in the No Bone Zone on the 2nd floor.
An assortment of entertaining and educational shows are offered
during the day including some
from under water! Be a superhero
for the sea during our interactive Coral Reef Show.
Witness up-close animal encounters on our Florida
Wetlands Trail, or learn from
one of our other exciting and educational shows held throughout the day at the Aquarium!
Wild Dolphin Adventure Cruise
The Wild Dolphin Cruise departs daily from The Florida Aquarium (weather permitting) to view some of the 500 wild dolphins that call Tampa Bay home. This 75-minute cruise includes an entertaining tour aboard the 72-foot, powered catamaran the Bay Spirit II.
Become Immersed in Underwater Adventures
Guests 6 and older can Swim with the Fishes at The Florida Aquarium, and certified SCUBA divers 15 and older can get face to face with massive sharks in the aquarium's largest exhibit during Dive with the Sharks! These immersive dive programs allow guests to experience these amazing aquatic ecosystems first hand and actually become part of the exhibit!
Behind the Scenes Adventures
Explore what happens behind the scenes of an aquarium with a special Behind the Scenes adventure! Check out how we feed our animals and learn about where the water in our exhibits actually comes from.
Penguins: Backstage Pass Adventure
The Penguins: Backstage Pass is a fun and educational 30-minute Behind the Scenes adventure where guests get the opportunity to interact with penguins in an up-close and personal setting. See penguins swim and play with a chance to touch a real penguin!
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