Learn about the Bay and about the amazing ecosystems within it!
Join us aboard the Bay Spirit II for a 75 minute cruise experience (guided by one of The Florida Aquarium’s experienced naturalists) to see Tampa Bay wildlife! Aboard our 72-foot catamaran, view the incredible ecosystem of Tampa Bay and the abundance of wildlife that calls it home. Discover how numerous species of animals thrive in one of the largest and busiest ports in the Southern United States - Port Tampa Bay.
On the tour you'll have a chance to see the amazing Atlantic Bottle-nosed dolphin, numerous species of birds and even the occasional manatee or sea turtle! In fact, we see dolphins 85-90% of the time!
The Wild Dolphin Cruise at The Florida Aquarium is an active participant in the Dolphin SMART program. This program promotes safe viewing of wild dolphins in ways that will not disturb their natural behaviors or habitat. If we spot a group of dolphins, we'll keep a safe distance to abide by state and federal laws protection laws, yet we'll still get to witness their incredible natural behaviors – fishing and feeding, playing, sleeping, and even moms teaching their babies!
More about the Cruise
Cruises leave the Aquarium daily – weather permitting. Inside our air-conditioned cabin you will find two restrooms. Snacks, drinks, beer, and wine are also available for purchase. The upper deck allows for the enjoyment of the Bay's fresh, salty air and gives a bird’s eye view during the tour. Just in case you didn’t bring your own pair, a limited supply of Bushnell binoculars are available at no charge so you never lose sight of wildlife 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.