The Florida Aquarium : Live in the Current

We're excited to SEA you soon! We have made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit:

- Online reservations are required.
- In line with the latest CDC guidance, fully-vaccinated guests have the option to no longer wear a mask while visiting The Florida Aquarium. Masks are still required for unvaccinated guests (including children between the ages of 3 and 11) while inside the Aquarium.

An exterior view of The Florida Aquarium

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
the numbers


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

  • 25th Anniversary: Sandy Freedman Monday, Jan 11, 2021
    Former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman said some daring was required to find a home for The Florida Aquarium.    She recalled: “It had originally been planned for Clearwater and the...
  • 25th Anniversary: Eric Hovland's Journey Thursday, Nov 19, 2020
    As a young biologist with a lifelong passion for wildlife, Eric Hovland was thrilled to be hired in November 1994 at The Florida Aquarium, which was still under construction.  “I had h...
  • Mangroves | 25 Years in the Making Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
    Walking through the Mangrove Tunnel at The Florida Aquarium’s Wetlands Trail exhibit, visitors couldn’t be blamed for believing the bizarre surroundings were sculpted for dramatic effect...
  • 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...
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.


Hours of Admission

9:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.


Special Hours

June 14 - July 29 

Monday - Friday | 9:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

Saturday - Sunday | 9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.