IMPORTANT PARKING UPDATE – Effective Saturday, May 28 – City of Tampa Provides Frictionless Parking & Convenient New Entrance. Learn More

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

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Welcome, Members!

Here you will find all the information you need to enjoy your member benefits to the fullest. Visit our members-only portal for updates on all things membership – from habitat and animal updates to exclusive events, promotions and beyond! We thank you for your membership and support of The Florida Aquarium’s mission to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment.

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New Parking Protocol

Beginning on May 28, The Florida Aquarium will be partnering with the City of Tampa’s Parking Division to provide frictionless parking to Florida Aquarium guests at a new lot located off of the traffic circle on Channelside Dr. We are pleased to continue offering complimentary parking for members during aquarium operational hours, as available, provided that your vehicle is registered with the City of Tampa.

For questions on the new parking protocol for members, please email or call (813) 273-4030 during regular business hours.

Member Reservations

For an elevated guest experience, members are urged to secure reservations in advance of your visit to ensure the fastest entry process. Members without a reservation must check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival.

If you need assistance making a reservation, please contact the membership team at (813) 273-4030 or

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Member Night


Friday, August 26 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for an evening of fun during our exclusive after-hours member night! Explore our exhibits and animal habitats, including our touch experiences. All of our exhibits will be open, including The Splash Pad, 4-D Theater, Café Ray and the gift shop.

Member night is FREE for Aquarium members with a valid membership. Due to limited capacity, you must make an online reservation to secure your entry for member night. 

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Be sure that your contact information is up-to-date to stay current on the latest events, happenings and other fin-tastic benefits your membership to The Florida Aquarium has to offer!

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Animal Spotlight:
False Pilchards

One of our newest additions is a species of fish called false pilchards, found in our Coral Reef habitat and surrounding areas. These fish deploy a unique defense mechanism against predation in which they move rapidly together in a tight cluster to avoid being singled out as prey. Common predators include barracuda, jacks and fish-eating seabirds.

Fun Fact: Due to the various locations in which false pilchards can be found, these schools of fish move in opposite directions (clockwise or counter-clockwise) based on the hemisphere in which they are located.


Cracks in rocks and coral reefs in the west Atlantic


Fish, crabs, octopus and squid


Few natural predators

Conservation Status

Least concern



rita_coley_squareStaff Spotlight: Rita Coley

As one of The Florida Aquarium’s original employees, Rita Coley is entering her 26th year of employment with the organization.

The Environmental Services Manager exemplifies Aquarium President-CEO Roger Germann’s goal that every employee, regardless of task, be committed to the Aquarium’s mission to protect and restore the blue planet. She believes “It is so important to know how we can change the environment. I remind my team daily to strive to educate our guests.”

Coley and her team are responsible for keeping The Aquarium in ship-shape, but she stresses that engaging with the public is a key responsibility. “I’m always looking for ways to provide the best customer service possible to our guests.” This kind of consideration is all part of Coley and her team’s daily routine.

“I always emphasize respect and being a team player. You need to respect the people you meet and the people you work with. And you always must remember that all Aquarium employees are part of the same team.”

When Rita first started, she worked in reservations, assigning specific times to tickets to keep crowds manageable. When the Aquarium first opened, it was important to be adaptable. “Whatever needed to be done, you would do it. If you needed to drive a tram, you drove a tram.” Eventually she became housekeeping manager, where her attention to detail and concern for others has helped her excel. “Guest do appreciate what we do. Sometimes they want to give us a tip. But I tell them to put the money in the wishing well that goes to the animals’ care.”

The favorite part of her day, interactions with the young people, “I get a kick out of the kids. They’ll come up to us and say, ‘How’s your day going’?” Most days, Coley can reply her day is going splendidly, “Being able to see the Aquarium from open day to present is really special. I think strong leadership has carried us through.”

Also important is the institutional mission that makes her proud of her job: “The Aquarium always is working on how we can protect environment. We want to make things better.”

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We want to see the aquarium through your lens! Show us what you love most about visiting The Florida Aquarium by using #FloridaAquarium on your social media posts or emailing You may see your photo featured here!

Feeling Crafty?

Looking for something new to do at home with the kids? We’ve got you covered with a series of how-to craft videos you can do using materials you can find at home! How-to craft videos are perfect for rainy days or stifling heat.

Have a question? We’re here to help!

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