Hours of Admission

Monday - Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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After Hours Events

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Adventures After Dark

Evening Program Only.

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Sleep with the Fishes

Evening Program and a Sleepover.

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Adventures After Dark

Ever wonder what happens at the Aquarium at night? Do sharks snooze? Do turtles tire? Wonder no more! Join us for a wet and wild evening adventure!

Capacity:

  • Minimum of 15 paid participants with a maximum of 40.

Adventures After Dark includes:

  • Guided education instruction by The Florida Aquarium’s team members
  • A tour of the Aquarium
  • Late-night snack

Adventures After Dark Programming is available for the following:

  • School Groups (Grades 2 and higher)
  • Scout Groups (Ages 6 and older)
  • Organized Youth Groups (Ages 6 and older)
  • Children ages 6 and older

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Evening Activities (Pick 2)

Explore the inner and outer workings of an amazing aquatic creature! Join a knowledgeable instructor for a guided look inside a squid. Guests will use dissection tools to investigate a squid with their lab team. (all ages)

Experience what it takes to save a stranded sea turtle. Our expert instructors will guide guests step-by-step through a mock sea turtle rescue. Guests will also learn about required veterinary care and rehabilitation as well as the release process followed by The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program. (elementary)

What makes a fish a fish? Learn about fish anatomy and then use this newfound knowledge to identify fish around the Aquarium. Plus, you’ll discover the important roles that fish play in Tampa Bay. (all ages)

What exactly is coral? Is it an animal, a rock, or a plant? Discover all of this and more with a fun, interactive game and tour of the coral living at the Aquarium. Learn about how The Florida Aquarium is helping these important animals in the wild. (elementary)

How well do you measure up to a shark? Guests will have an opportunity to compare and contrast human vs shark senses through a variety of games and experiments. This immersive experience will highlight what it takes to be the top predator. (elementary)

Ever wonder what it takes to operate a REALLY big fish habitat? Go behind the scenes and get an in depth look at our animal wellness program. Visit areas otherwise not seen by the public, like our commissary and reef deck. An Aquarium instructor will provide narration and answer questions throughout the tour. (all ages)

Look high and look low. If you do, you might just discover something new! Take a hike through our Wetlands of Florida gallery as you search for some of our animals and plants that call it home. (Scouts only)

Adventures After Dark

Program Fee

  • $38 per person
  • 1 free chaperone

Booking Guidelines

  • Ages 6 and up
  • 1 chaperone per 10 children
  • Capacity: Minimum: 15 paying participants, Maximum: 40
  • Program Time: 6:30 PM to approximately 10:30 PM
  • A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due within one week of making a reservation
  • Adventures After Dark must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance

 

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Sleep with the Fishes

Ever wonder what happens at the Aquarium at night? Do sharks snooze? Do turtles tire? Wonder no more! Grab a sleeping bag to enjoy a wet and wild sleepover! Make a sleepover reservation as soon as possible when the program resumes, as dates are limited and fill up quickly. Minimum of 15 paid participants.

Sleepovers include:

  • Guided education instruction by The Florida Aquarium’s team members
  • An evening walk along the Wetlands of Florida inside the Aquarium’s iconic Wetlands dome
  • Late-night pizza snack
  • Sleeping near the fishes and other marine life
  • Next day admission to the Aquarium

Who Participates in Sleepovers?

  • School Groups (Grades 2 and higher)
  • Scout Groups (Ages 6 and older)
  • Organized Youth Groups (Ages 6 and older)
  • Children ages 6 and up

Additional items can be added: Patches ($2.00) and 24 pull-apart cupcakes (price varies).

Build Your Sleepover

Evening Activities (Pick 2)

Explore the inner and outer workings of an amazing aquatic creature! Join a knowledgeable instructor for a guided look inside a squid. Guests will use dissection tools to investigate a squid with their lab team. (all ages)

Experience what it takes to save a stranded sea turtle. Our expert instructors will guide guests step-by-step through a mock sea turtle rescue. Guests will also learn about required veterinary care and rehabilitation as well as the release process followed by The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program. (elementary)

What makes a fish a fish? Learn about fish anatomy and then use this newfound knowledge to identify fish around the Aquarium. Plus, you’ll discover the important roles that fish play in Tampa Bay. (all ages)

What exactly is coral? Is it an animal, a rock, or a plant? Discover all of this and more with a fun, interactive game and tour of the coral living at the Aquarium. Learn about how The Florida Aquarium is helping these important animals in the wild. (elementary)

How well do you measure up to a shark? Guests will have an opportunity to compare and contrast human vs shark senses through a variety of games and experiments. This immersive experience will highlight what it takes to be the top predator. (elementary)

Ever wonder what it takes to operate a REALLY big fish habitat? Go behind the scenes and get an in depth look at our animal wellness program. Visit areas otherwise not seen by the public, like our commissary and reef deck. An Aquarium instructor will provide narration and answer questions throughout the tour. (all ages)

Look high and look low. If you do, you might just discover something new! Take a hike through our Wetlands of Florida gallery as you search for some of our animals and plants that call it home. (Scouts only)

Sleep with the Fishes

Program Fee

# Guests Cost Per Person
15 – 19 $50 pp
20 – 49 $46 pp
50 – 100 $42 pp

Booking Guidelines

  • Ages 6 and up
  • 1 free chaperone for every 10 children
  • Minimum 15 paying participants
  • Maximum 100 participants
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required one week after reservation is made. Remaining balance is due two weeks prior to program
  • Sleep with the Fishes requires a two-week notice

 

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