The Florida Aquarium : Live in the Current
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Open Daily:

Monday - Wednesday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday - Saturday 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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The Florida Aquarium

Our mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment.

Explore and Discover

The Florida Aquarium enables you to get up close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world. More than a must-see attraction, we are working to protect and restore our blue planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim our seas.

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An orange clownfish with white stripes and black accent lines hides in an rose colored anemone
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Year Established

The Aquarium has educated more than 1.7 million students and rescued hundreds of animals since opening.


Animals in our facility

We care deeply about our animal family and hope you connect with them too.


Events Hosted per Year

The Florida Aquarium is the perfect place for your next event. Check out our delicious menus and incredible settings!

a wild staghorn coral colony with blue damselfish swimming throughout its branches


Creating Positive Change for the Natural Environment

The Florida Aquarium actively participates in and promotes stewardship of the natural environment as part of our mission of conservation.

We are all connected to the big blue ocean. The Florida Aquarium team believes we can and must turn the tide on the threats now facing her.

Our efforts focus on coral reefs, sea turtles and sharks found in our blue backyard —Tampa Bay, The Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys and Cuba. Through scientific diving, research and rescue efforts, we are helping to restore Florida’s disappearing coral reefs, rehabilitating and returning sea turtles to the ocean, and addressing the dwindling sand tiger shark populations. And that’s just for starters … there’s so much more, from educating and inspiring our community about conservation action to supporting swallow-tailed kite population research, African penguin nesting in South Africa, and Lemur conservation in Madagascar. We are working passionately every day to protect and restore our blue planet.

water stories

  • The Road to Reopening Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020
    In May, The Florida Aquarium became the first major attraction in the state, the first aquarium in the nation and the first cultural center in the Tampa Bay region to reopen after the coronavirus pan...
  • Washed Ashore - Now Extended Through October! Thursday, May 28, 2020
    In blunt terms, the exhibit The Florida Aquarium chose to commemorate its 25 th anniversary could be called a bunch of junk. But Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann doesn’t see it tha...
  • Animal Migration - A Miraculous Journey Monday, Mar 2, 2020
    In Kenn Kaufman’s superb new book, “A Season On The Wind: Inside The World of Spring Migration,” the famed bird expert vividly describes the perilous journeys birds undertake. Cons...
  • 25th Anniversary Blog: Staff Since the Beginning Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
    As one of The Florida Aquarium’s original employees, Rita Coley had a “front row seat” for its opening. As The Aquarium evolved, so did her career. Now, 25 years later, she remains...
The Florida Aquarium building front exterior with a large manta ray statue riding waves

How to Find Us

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602


Entrance to lot is located north of the Aquarium off the east side of Channelside Drive at York Street

Open Daily

Monday - Wednesday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday - Saturday 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM