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July 4th Celebration

July 4 | 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Join us at the Aquarium as we celebrate America’s Independence Day with extended hours, exclusive menu options, drink specials and a fireworks cruise on the Bay*. Enjoy all Aquarium exhibits and daily scheduled activities. Make a splash on our outdoor waterside plaza at The Splash Pad, take in a 4-D Experience and relax at Fins cantina. All included with a general admission ticket or Aquarium Membership.


Purchase a general admission ticket at 5 p.m. or later and receive a special $15 rate! Applies only to general admission tickets purchased after 5 p.m. at the Aquarium ticket office on July 4th. (Offer not valid online or combined with any other ticket offers).

Fireworks are not viewable from The Florida Aquarium.

*Additional purchase required, please see event listing below.

Fireworks Cruise on the Bay

July 4 | 8 - 10 p.m.

Boarding begins at 7:45 p.m. from Aquarium's wharf.

Come aboard our Bay Spirit II and experience downtown Tampa’s fireworks display from the decks of our 72-foot catamaran. Enjoy complimentary light appetizers, cash bar, and music. Additional snacks and beverages available for purchase. Fireworks cruise ticket includes Aquarium admission.

$49.95 Members

$59.95 Non-Members 


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Back-to-School Members' Night 

Sponsored by Macy's
July 29 | 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Aquarium Members, join us for a Back-to-School Members' Night at the Aquarium! Play in The Splash Pad, take in a flick at our 4-D theater and enjoy music and games with our DJ. Enjoy interactive activities and experiments throughout the Aquarium. There will be fun crafts, face painting, a bake sale and much more. Members, please RSVP by Wednesday, July 18 by emailing or call 813-273-4568 and leave the number of adults and children attending. 


Interested in becoming an Aquarium Member? Click here to learn more.

Wedding Tasting

August 8 | 7-9 p.m.

We invite you and your fiance to attend The Florida Aquarium's wedding tasting experience. Get a full view of our unique venue and taste some of our most popular wedding menu items to help prepare for your big day!

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