Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

The Florida Aquarium exterior building view on a partly cloudy Florida day

The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
Open daily - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Come see why The Florida Aquarium is a top USA TODAY ranked aquarium in North America; Top 10 Aquarium by WORKING MOTHER; a TripAdvisor top 10 Aquarium in the country; and Parents Magazine top 5 "Kid-Friendly" aquarium.



Entrance to the Aquarium's parking lot is located north of the Aquarium off the east side of Channelside Drive at York Street. Parking is $6 per car and free for Aquarium Members. Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Florida Aquarium parking lot located north of the Aquarium on the east side of Channelside Drive. The Aquarium does not validate parking tokens for the parking garage across the street. 


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General Admission Tickets

Enjoy all the Aquarium's exhibits, daily shows, 4-D theater, The Splash Pad and more with a general admission ticket.

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General Admission Group Rates

Are you bringing a group of 15+ to The Florida Aquarium for a day of fun, adventure and learning? Check out our group reservations!

Group Reservations

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Aquarium Exhibit Map


A dynamic map layout of The Florida Aquarium's downtown facility

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Food & DrinkA chili hotdog and fries in The Florida Aquarium's Cafe Ray

Cafe Ray | First Floor Lobby
Open daily from 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Enjoy a variety of food and drinks at the Café Ray offering a wide selection of dining options including breakfast from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and lunch and dinner options which include healthy and hearty salads, burgers, Panini sandwiches, pasta, pizza and much more. Self-serve drinks and snacks are also available.

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Due to the nature of the facility and the safety of its animals with open exhibits, The Florida Aquarium isn't able to allow outside food and drink into the Aquarium. This does not include bottles or baby food for infants.


Center For Autism & Related Disabilities

The Florida Aquarium has teamed up with the Center For Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida to provide support and assistance to people with autism and related disabilities. Please utilize the resources below to properly plan for your visit to The Florida Aquarium.

Shark Swim Story   Main Aquarium Story


Accessible Entrance

The main entrance is accessible by wheelchair. The Aquarium is fully accessible to the disabled and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis with appropriate identification.


Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Florida Aquarium parking lot located north of the Aquarium on the east side of Channelside Drive.


Wild Dolphin Cruise (vessel access)

In order for guests to experience the Wild Dolphin Cruise, participants must be able to cross the gang plank from the wharf to the boat and back on their own or with assistance from another person in their party. Wheelchairs can be brought on board the vessel after guests have physically traversed the gang plank. Due to changing tides, the gang plank can potentially require up to six steps to board and disembark from the vessel. Thank you for your understanding.


Rental Rates

Wheelchairs, scooters and strollers are available to rent daily. Limited quantities available and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Wheelchairs             $5.00
Scooters                   $12.00
Single Strollers         $5.00
Double Strollers       $7.00

The Florida Aquarium Gift Shop

From books about fish and other aquatic life to gorgeous high end jewelry, The Florida Aquarium Gift Shop has something for everyone! Before you leave the Aquarium, be sure to stop in and check out all the amazing items they have to offer.

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Tips and insider information to make your visit to the Aquarium fin-tastic:

  • Plan to spend two hours at the Aquarium
  • Check out the Aquarium daily schedule upon arrival to plan the day accordingly.
  • Interact with Aquarium staff and use #FloridaAquarium with your social media posts.
  • The Aquarium will hold luggage for cruise passengers scheduled to leave for a cruise or returning from a cruise at no charge  as they visit the Aquarium. 
  • Bring the kid's bathing suits. The Splash Pad water play area is a great place to splash the day away.
  • Purchase tickets online to bypass the ticket windows and enter straight through the main entrance (present confirmation information on mobile device or on paper.)
  • CityPASS saves 52% off admission. Tickets can be presented at the Main Entrance to the staff inside the Aquarium. Do not remove tickets prior as they will no longer be valid.
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  • The Aquarium's parking lot is located just to the north of the building. The Aquarium does not validate parking tokens for the parking garage across the street.
  • Wild Dolphin Cruise guests should meet by the white gates by the Fins bar just outside of Cafe Ray.