Hours of Admission

Monday - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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We Welcome Groups of 15+ Guests

The Florida Aquarium is proud to offer in-person and virtual programs to make your community day trip, corporate outing, association function or other group gathering a fun, educational and memorable experience. With safety as our first priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, The Florida Aquarium is currently only accepting small groups of 15-30 guests with visitation Monday – Friday. We look forward to welcoming larger groups seven days a week as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Field Trips

If you are a school administrator or teacher, please visit our Field Trips page to learn more about our programs and schedule your field trip.

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Birthday Parties

If you are interested in hosting a child’s birthday party at The Aquarium, please visit our Birthday Party page to learn more.

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Fewer Than 15 People

If your group is less than 15 people, please visit our ‘Get Tickets’ page to reserve your timed-tickets.

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Plan Your Group's Adventure

Groups enjoy all that general admission has to offer including the 4-D Theater and The Splash Pad outdoor play area (perfect for younger children)! Daily programs may also be included like Trail Talks and stingray animal care presentations. Please Note: Some daily programs are not currently available due to COVID-19 protocols.

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Discount

Groups save 20% to 30% on general admission.

Calendar

Advance bookings for our exclusive Wild Dolphin Cruise

Diet

Meal vouchers for Café Ray are available for purchase.

Virtual Experiences

Consider extending your visit virtually! Visit our virtual events page to learn more and request your program today.

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Experience Enhancements

Enhance your Aquarium experience with these additional programs/activities. Each activity may be added for only $8.00 per person, per activity when combined with general admission.*

Contact our group sales office at (813) 273-4042 for information on availability of these add-on experiences.

Experience a whole new side of The Florida Aquarium in this exclusive look inside the operation! 30-minute experience for up to 15 guests.

Let one of our experts take you on a journey through The Florida Aquarium – explore the many habitats and learn more about the animals. 60-minute experience for up to 30 guests. Audio headsets available.

An Aquarium team member will test your knowledge of our blue planet and its residents. 60-minute experience. Participant capacity is based on available event space.

Score as many points as possible in this team building exercise by finding select items throughout The Aquarium. 60-minute experience for up to 30 guests.

Enjoy scientific discovery by exploring the anatomy of a squid. Dissection will be done in teams of two. Subject to availability of private event space. 60-minute experience for up to 30 guests.

Amenities

Meal Vouchers

Lunch may be arranged for the group in the form of meal vouchers for Café Ray, our onsite restaurant. Meal vouchers are available in increments of $10, $12 and $15. No change/refund is given for unused amounts on the meal vouchers.

Motor Coach/Bus Parking

Motor coaches and buses may not park in The Aquarium’s surface lot; available parking options MAY include:

  • Terminal 3**.
  • McKay Street* – Street parking may be available depending on port schedule. McKay Street is 2 blocks North of York Street and across from E. Twiggs Street.
  • 241 Car Services Parking Lots – NW corner of E. Cumberland Avenue & S. 12th Street, small lot behind the parking garage if space is available. NW corner of E. Twiggs Street and Channelside Drive.

Passenger Vehicle

Official Aquarium parking is located one block north of The Aquarium at our surface lot on the corner of Channelside Drive and York Street. The cost is $10.00 per vehicle.

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Accessibility

The Florida Aquarium is committed to providing an engaging and immersive experience that is open, accessible and inclusive to everyone.

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Booking Requirements

Complete the online group sales form to receive a quote for your group’s visit. Please allow two (2) business days (Monday – Friday) for a response. If you do not receive a response within that time, please contact Reservations at (813) 273-4015.

A $100 deposit is needed in advance to secure your quoted rate for general admission. Deposit is non-refundable if reservation is canceled within two (2) business days (Monday – Friday) of visit date. Additional deposit with terms applies to Wild Dolphin Cruise charters.

Final group participant numbers and payment must be made with one (1) transaction (credit/debit card) at least one (1) day prior to arrival. NOTE: While following COVID-19 protocols, groups will be subdivided into smaller groups of 10 or less upon entry.

Reservations must be made at least five (5) business days prior to arrival (Monday – Friday).

We recommend booking any add-on experiences, like the Wild Dolphin Cruise, 2-3 weeks prior to your visit, as they are subject to availability and booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Advanced reservations are required to receive group rates. Group reservations cannot be made at our front gate.

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Enjoy a host of cultural and other attractions in and around Channelside.

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*While safety protocols are in place, onsite customizations, like those listed below, may not be available.

**These parking options are not affiliated with The Florida Aquarium and are limited or unavailable when cruise ships are in port. Cruise ship schedules may be found here.