Wild Dolphin Cruise

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Join us aboard the Bay Spirit II to experience Tampa Bay wildlife, guided by one of The Florida Aquarium’s experienced naturalists.  Our 72-foot catamaran is one of very few tours that offer a unique opportunity to view the incredible ecosystem of Tampa Bay.  Come see how numerous species of animals thrive in one of the largest and busiest deep-water ports in the Southern United States, Port Tampa Bay.  On our tours we have a chance to see the Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins, many species of threatened or endangered birds, and even the occasional manatee or turtle!  In fact, we see dolphins 85-90% of the time!


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The Wild Dolphin Cruise at The Florida Aquarium is an active participant in the Dolphin SMART program, a program that promotes safe viewing of these amazing wild animals in ways that will not disturb their natural behaviors or habitat.  If we see a group of dolphins, we keep a safe distance and abide by the laws protecting them, yet we still get to see their incredible natural behaviors – fishing and feeding, playing, sleeping, and even moms teaching their babies – right in front of our eyes!


Cruises leave the Aquarium daily – weather permitting.  Inside our air-conditioned cabin you will find two restrooms, and we have snacks, drinks, beer, and wine available for purchase at the bar.  Our upper deck allows you to enjoy the fresh air and have a bird’s eye view of the tour.  Just in case you didn’t bring your own pair, a limited supply of Bushnell binoculars are available to be checked out at no charge.  We don’t want you to miss any of the great animals or sights along the way!  Please purchase tickets at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure as this popular tour can sell out on busy days.  Please click here to see our accessibility information for the Bay Spirit II.  Meet your naturalist at the Sea Stage to begin your cruising adventure.  Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

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The Bay Spirit II strictly adheres to the Marine Mammal Protection Act which prohibits any form of close interaction with marine mammals, including closely approaching, interacting, or attempting to interact with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, or sea lions in the wild. This includes attempting to swim with, pet, touch, feed, or elicit a reaction from the animals.