Private Events

From weddings to birthday parties and sleepovers to Sweet 16 and retirement parties, The Florida Aquarium has perfectly unique event spaces in Tampa for a night everyone is sure to remember.


Located in the Channel District in downtown, The Florida Aquarium features 200,000 square feet of air conditioned space to enjoy with friends and associates. The Aquarium features spectacular and serene sights featuring animals and plants native to Florida and beyond.

In addition, the Aquarium has two large lobbies perfect for dancing. Private event locations within the exhibits can be used creatively—a jazz lounge with a 500,000 gallon coral reef habitat as a backdrop or a cocktail party in the Aquarium's lush, temperature-controlled Wetlands dome with free flying birds and one of the world’s largest indoor mangrove tunnels. The modern architecture and layout of the Aquarium's private event locations allow for flexibility and creativity for themed events that add a special individual touch to any event.



Imagine a wedding ceremony in front of family, close friends and more than 2,000 animals that call the Aquarium's breathtaking 500,000 gallon floor to ceiling Coral Reef environment home.

In addition, The Florida Aquarium offers other spaces both indoor and outdoor for ceremonies and receptions.

The Aquarium is committed to providing the highest standards of quality in food, beverage and service and is proud to offer a wide selection for a wonderfully customized menu. The Aquarium's menus have been selected to capture Florida’s many tropical flavors and local specialties as well as highlight foods from around the world.

All event rentals include a facility fee and a food and beverage minimum. The Florida Aquarium Sales & Events Team can create a customized proposal for the event based on personalized selections.

View Wedding Packages and Information

Children's Birthday Parties

Aquarium parties include visits to the half-million gallon Coral Reef exhibit to meet a real life Scuba Diver. The Splash Pad parties take place at the Aquarium’s own water park, where you can let your inner pirate or mermaid go all out splasing around. 

All parties include a visit from one of the Aquarium's party animals, two hours of party time, a party host and an exclusive Florida Aquarium themed birthday cake!

Birthday Party Pricing and Details


Dive into sleeping bags in front of snoozin' sharks and evening eels and enjoy a wet and wild sleepover! Sleepover reservations should be made early, as dates are limited and fill up quickly. Minimum of 15 paid participants. 


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Schedule an Event

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Contact an Event Specialist

Call (813) 273-4000 ext 4288 or click here to send an e-mail.