July 29 | 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Join us for Corona Nights every Thursday in July! From Moon Bay to views by the Bay, the entire campus is open for this happy hour celebration as part of the Aquarium’s weekly extended hours. For the 21+ crowd, there’s happy hour drink specials at Corona Cove featuring Corona products. Additional ‘hydration stations’ featuring Corona Hard Seltzer will be available at the second floor Bistro and Rooftop Terrace. Enjoy loads of fun activities including outdoor games, a digital scavenger hunt and tons of unique photo opportunities. Musical entertainment by StreetLaced!
Corona Nights happy hour activities are free with general admission and membership.
August 6 | 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Before the kids head back to school, join us for an evening of fun during our exclusive after-hours member night! Explore our exhibits and animal habitats, including our touch experiences - featuring stingrays, sea stars and even moon jellies! All of our exhibits will be open, including the Splash Pad, 4-D Theater, Café Ray (limited hours) and the Gift Shop.
This event is FREE for Aquarium members with a valid membership. Due to limited capacity, you must make an online reservation to secure your entry for the event.
Fully-vaccinated guests may forego wearing 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.
August 6 | 5:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Upgrade your member night experience by purchasing a ticket for a 6:00 PM Wild Dolphin Cruise on our 72-foot catamaran, The Bay Spirit II. Members should arrive at 5:30 PM and prepare for a 5:45 PM boarding time. Cruise will return by 7:15 PM, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of member night.
Tickets are non-refundable. Per U.S. Coast Guard regulations, masks are mandatory onboard Bay Spirit II when riding inside the downstairs cabin.
September 4 | 8:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
The Florida Aquarium, in partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.) at the University of South Florida, is hosting a Day of Discovery presented by Bonefish Grill.
A Day of Discovery provides an Aquarium experience specifically tailored for the enjoyment of individuals with sensory differences and their families. The entire campus will be open for exploring; including engaging touch habitats featuring moon jellies, stingrays, anemones and so much more! The Splash Pad will also be open – so plan to bring a bathing suit, water shoes (optional) and a towel. Back by popular demand - the 501st Tampa Bay Legion! From a galaxy far, far away, this cast of characters will safely roam the Aquarium for an unforgettable adventure. Café Ray will also be open during this event.
The admission to Day of Discovery is only for families and children with sensory differences and/or accessibility challenges. Special effects, lights and music will be adapted for those with sensory differences. Tickets must be purchased in advance; members can reserve a ticket by logging into their account. Parking for this event is free in The Florida Aquarium lot located north of the Aquarium off the east side of Channelside Drive at York Street. Tickets are non-transferrable.
Now - September 18
As part of Super Bowl LV’s environmental efforts, The Florida Aquarium partnered with NFL Green and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee to leave a lasting legacy in Tampa Bay. During NFL Green Week’s Dive 55 effort in January 2021, led by Pepsi Stronger Together and FORCE BLUE, a team of retired special operations military veterans, collected debris in the Gulf of Mexico, including fishing ropes, crab trap buoys, and more. Students from Hillsborough County Public Schools used what was collected to bring creativity and conservation together to design a piece of art that connects to the Tampa Bay environment.
Because plastic waste is harming wildlife and wild places at record levels, the consumption of single-use plastics and flow of plastics reaching our waterways must be significantly reduced. By turning trash into treasure, these student art pieces are meant to inspire audiences to consider the impact of plastics on Tampa Bay’s wildlife. This project was made possible through the support of Erin Saldino, K-12 Supervisor of Visual & Theatre Arts Education for Hillsborough County Public Schools.