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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Sleepovers are on hold at The Florida Aquarium.

We look forward to hosting sleepovers with our friends and fans as soon as it is safe to do so! With safety as our first priority, we hope to bring sleepovers back late in 2021. Please check back periodically or sign up for our newsletter for regular updates like these.


Virtual Learning

While in-person sleepovers are temporarily on hold,
please check out the variety of virtual program opportunities we offer.

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Sleep with the Fishes

For your information only. We are working diligently to reopen or modify this program.

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)

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

Build Your Sleepover

PM Activities (Pick 2)AM Activities (Pick 1)Additional Items (Pick Any)
Squid DissectionAnimal EncounterPatches (+$2.00)
Sea Turtle RescueDive Demonstration (+75)*24 pull-apart cupcakes (price varies)
Behind the Scenes tour
Fish Identification
Corals Alive
Shark Senses

*If a group is over 50 guests, the dive show is included at no additional cost.

Activity Descriptions

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 rescue and rehabilitation program. (elementary)

What makes a fish a fish? Learn fish anatomy, use your new knowledge to identify fish around the Aquarium and 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)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a diver at The Florida Aquarium? During this 30-minute interaction at our Coral Reef habitat, guests will have an opportunity to interact with a diver, ask questions and more. Demonstration is subject to change without notice.


*If a group is over 50 guests, the dive show is included at no additional cost.

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)

Program Fee

# Guests Cost Per Person
15 – 19 $40 pp
20 – 49 $45 pp
50 – 125 $40 pp

Booking Guidelines

  • Ages 6 and up
  • 1 free chaperone for every 10 children
  • Minimum 15 paying participants
  • Maximum 125 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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