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Go from tree level to sea level while being educated and entertained at The Florida Aquarium! See lemurs, sharks, rays, river otters, sea turtles and much more. Discover the wonders of the ocean and learn about the animals that call it home. See how The Florida Aquarium's research, conservation and education outreach efforts make a diffference right here in Tampa Bay and beyond!

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TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 2018

We're proud to be in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame as a result of top rankings by friends and guests of our Aquarium over the past five years.    

 


Association of Zoos and Aquariums Member

The Florida Aquarium is an accredited member of the AZA, meeting and exceeding standards in our entire operation, including animal welfare, veterinary care, conservation, education, guest services, physical facilities, safety, staffing, finance, and governing body.  Click here to learn more.


Hours of Admission

Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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Plan Ahead Tickets

Plan-Ahead Pricing offers the opportunity to visit the Aquarium on a day that best accommodates your budget and schedule. Tickets purchased online in advance will always be less than tickets purchased onsite the day of your visit.

Discounts are available for group reservations.

View ticket options       Group Reservations


Address and Parking

701 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602
The Aquarium is located in downtown Tampa at Channelside. Visitors to the Aquarium can also take advantage of all there is to do in the Channel district. 

Take a stroll on the waterfront and watch the Port of Tampa at work, or see a concert, watch a fast-paced hockey game, or relax over a quiet dinner.

The Aquarium parking lot is adjacent to the Aquarium and is located at the corner of Channelside Drive and York Street.  

Parking is $6.


Food and Drink

Enjoy a variety of food and drinks at the Café Ray. Café Ray is open daily from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM offering a wide selection of dining options including breakfast from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and lunch and dinner options including healthy and hearty salads, burgers, panini sandwiches, pasta, pizza and much more. Self-serve drinks and snacks are also available.

Click here to see the Café Ray menu.

Due to the nature of the facility and the safety of its animals with open habitats, 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.


Insider Tips

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

  • Plan to spend at least two hours at the Aquarium.
  • Check out the Aquarium daily schedule upon arrival. 
  • Interact with Aquarium staff and use #FloridaAquarium on 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 kids' bathing suits. The Splash Pad water play area is a great place to splash the day away.
  • Purchase tickets online to get the lowest price with Plan Ahead Pricing and bypass the ticket windows and enter straight through the main entrance (present confirmation information on mobile device or on paper.)
  • CityPASS 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.
    • Visiting other Tampa Bay attractions during your vacation? CityPASS saves 51% or more off admission to The Florida Aquarium plus four more top Tampa Bay attractions including Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay! Learn More.
  • 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.

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.


Accessibility

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 see Guest Services for additional information and equipment such as headphones and iPads.

 

Click here to access our Shark Swim experience story and explanation for people with autism and related sensory differences.

 

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 Aquarium buildings are smoke-free including electronic/vapor cigarettes. Smoking is only permitted outside of the entrance. Safety at The Florida Aquarium is a top priority, and to maintain a secure facility, we reserve the right to prevent any type of weapon or hazardous substance from entering the Aquarium. If you possess any of those items, please return them to your vehicle.