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upcoming events & Special Days


Saturdays with Santa
Nov. 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23; 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays at our place. Santa will be here for photos on select Saturdays after Thanksgiving. His elves will join him and dive in our Coral Reef habitat during our daily schedule



 Downtown Tampa's Santa Fest
Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

We're excited to participate in Tampa's Santa Fest parade and festivities in downtown and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

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Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 9; 8-9:30a.m.


The holidays are here and Santa has added The Florida Aquarium to his list of destinations. Meet Santa and his animal friends and begin your visit to the Aquarium with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Guests have the opportunity to purchase photos with Santa. 

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Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 23; Boat departs from Aquarium wharf at 6:30 p.m.


Join us aboard our Bay Spirit II for the Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of Lights! Our 72-foot catamaran will be decked out with holiday lights and decor with complimentary coffee and desserts. The boat will leave from and return to the Aquarium.

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Snow Days
Dec. 26-Dec. 31; 12-5 p.m.


Continue the holiday celebration at the Aquarium and have a flurry of fun in a real snow play area for kids. After you're done, head inside for an Aquarium experience.


Holiday Members Nights

Dec. 27 & 28; 5:30-9 p.m.

Aquarium Members, join us for a flurry of fun after the Aquarium's typical hours. We'll have crafts, a snow play area, diving elves and animal encounters. All the Aquarium's animal exhibits, the gift shop,  Cafe Ray and our new 4D theater will be open for your enjoyment. 

Member, please choose one night and RSVP by calling 813-273-4568. Don't have an Aquarium Membership? Click here to learn more.


Aqua Eve
Dec. 31

Join us for the best New Year's Eve under the sea with live entertainment, food, drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. More details coming soon.