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The Florida Aquarium to hold Day of Discovery for Individuals with Sensory Differences

The Florida Aquarium, in partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.) at the University of South Florida, is hosting its sixth annual Day of Discovery presented by Outback Steakhouse from 8-9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7.

New this year, the Aquarium is proud to team up with MOSI and Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park to combine efforts to raise awareness for autism in the Tampa Bay community through individual Day of Discovery events held at each venue throughout the month. In addition, each venue will “Light It Up Blue” on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2018.

“Teaming up with like-minded partners such as MOSI and Zoo Tampa to provide autism-friendly adventures aligns with our commitment to inspire and engage community participation for diverse audiences,” said Roger Germann, President & CEO of The Florida Aquarium.

The Aquarium’s Day of Discovery, the first of these Tampa Bay area events, is an opportunity for individuals with sensory differences and their families to experience the Aquarium in a way that is just for them between the hours of 8-9:30 a.m. The Aquarium is opening the doors early for Day of Discovery participants only. Special effects, lights and music will be adapted for those with sensory differences.

There will be engaging aquatic-themed activities and surprise animal encounters throughout the morning that offer guests an up close opportunity with an animal that can provide a good interactive, tactile experience for those with sensory differences.

Plus, the 501st Legion and Rebel Forces and a surprise Tampa Bay Buccaneers player will join guests for photo opportunities and fun.

The event costs $5 (children and adults) when purchased in advance online at or $8 at the door. $6 parking is provided at The Florida Aquarium. The Florida Aquarium Members and children under two get in free.