Open Daily 9:30am-5:00pm
The Wild Dolphin Cruise departs twice daily from The Florida Aquarium (weather permitting.) This 75- minute cruise includes an entertaining tour and an opportunity to spot wild dolphins aboard the 72-foot, powered catamaran, the Bay Spirit II.
Tickets must be purchased 30 minutes or further in advance of your cruise departure time either online or onsite. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your cruise in the staging area near our outdoor Fins bar.
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!
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.
Departure times are 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
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A fun and educational 30-minute behind the scenes interaction with our African penguins!
Led by an experienced penguin biologist, a typical visit may include a chance to touch the penguins, see them waddle, swim, shake their tails and jump in and out of their interaction pool. While there, our biologist will describe and answer any questions guests might have about these remarkable birds and their specialized care.
Guests may also catch a glimpse of penguin feeding habits as our biologists feed them their favorite foods.
These South African Birds live in a temperate environment in the "Penguin Suite" so no coats are needed.
Tickets for the Penguins Backstage Pass must be purchased in person at the Aquarium's Guest Services kiosk or ticket booths the day you are visiting the Aquarium.
Each Penguins Backstage Pass lasts approximately 30 minutes and occurs three times per day at 1:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 2:45 p.m.
Cost - $30 per person, $25 for Aquarium Members.
Maximum 14 people per session.
Visit areas of the Aquarium that are normally off-limits to our guests. See our interactive learning spaces and meet three of our animal ambassadors! Each tour is a unique experience. Recommended for families with small children.
Tours depart at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
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Have you ever wondered how we manage to care for our animals and plants from around the world? How do we keep the water so clean and clear? What do our animals eat and how are their meals prepared? How big is our largest aquarium? On this 1-hour behind the scenes tour, you’ll find out from Aquarium experts. You will even get an up-close encounter with a special animal ambassador, a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Tour departs at 1:00 p.m. daily.
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Experience wild Florida alongside Aquarium expert divemasters and guides. These Aquarium operated adventures take you above and below the water's surface in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Shipwreck Dive Adventure
Phone: (813) 273-4000