Open, Accessible and Inclusive
The Florida Aquarium is committed to providing an engaging and immersive experience that is open, accessible and inclusive to everyone, including those with visual, hearing, physical or sensory-processing needs. We are proud to offer a variety of services for guests no matter their ability.
In line with the latest CDC guidance, fully-vaccinated guests may forego wearing a mask while visiting The Florida Aquarium. Masks are still required for unvaccinated guests (including children between the ages of 3 and 11) while inside the Aquarium.
The Florida Aquarium recognizes that some guests may have a medical condition or disability that may limit their ability to wear a mask or cloth face covering during their visit. For those guests, wearing a face shield as an alternative covering is permitted. Outdoor seating areas also are available for breaks from mask usage. These locations serve as rest stops and provide socially distanced seating.
Per U.S. Coast Guard regulations, face coverings are required while riding inside the main cabin onboard the Bay Spirit ll, but are not required when outside the main cabin.
Guests with Limited Mobility
Beginning with the main entrance, all public access doors are equipped with automatic door push plates. The campus facility has wheelchair accessibility to all habitats and exhibits and elevator access to all upper levels.
The Aquarium’s drop-off area is located at 701 Channelside Drive at the circle. To reach the Aquarium parking lot from the drop-off location make a right turn onto Channelside Drive. Designated accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Florida Aquarium parking lot.Parking Information
Wheelchairs, scooters and strollers are available to rent daily. Limited quantities are available and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Single Strollers $5.00
Double Strollers $7.00
Guests with Sensory Differences
The Florida Aquarium has partnered with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (C.A.R.D) to provide services to create the best experience possible for individuals with sensory differences and their families. Please utilize the resources below to properly plan for your visit to The Florida Aquarium.View Story
Day of Discovery Events
A Day of Discovery provides a full Aquarium experience specifically tailored for the enjoyment of individuals with sensory differences and their families. The admission to Day of Discovery is limited to families and children with sensory differences and/or accessibility challenges. Special effects, lights and music are adapted. Check the events section for details on upcoming Day of Discovery events.View Calendar
Service animals are always welcome at The Florida Aquarium. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals must be harnessed and under the owner’s control at all times. Restrictions may apply when required by stringent animal care regulations, pursuant to animals in the Aquarium’s care.
Through a partnership with Hillsborough County Children’s Services, The Florida Aquarium is a certified designated Safe Place. Safe Place is a community initiative that provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need throughout the county.