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Parking at The Florida Aquarium

As part of the parking lot redesign, the City of Tampa’s Parking Division will provide frictionless parking to The Florida Aquarium guests beginning on May 28, 2022. Frictionless parking is an automated solution that allows drivers to enter the surface lot without stopping to take a ticket. Drivers will also exit the surface lot without stopping to interact with parking equipment. Guests can pay at the pay stations throughout the lot or via the ParkMobile, Passport, or PaybyPhone mobile apps.

There is a new entrance to the Aquarium’s parking lot, located north of the Aquarium off the east side of the circle at Channelside Drive.

Designated accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Florida Aquarium parking lot.

Frictionless Parking FAQ
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Member Parking

Aquarium members will still enjoy free parking on a first-come, first-service basis while supplies last. Members must register their vehicle(s) to receive this benefit.

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FROM THE EAST (ORLANDO & ATLANTIC COAST):

Take 1-4 West to exit 2.  Turn right onto N 22nd St. Turn left on E Adamo Drive. Turn left on Channelside Dr. At the traffic circle take the 3rd exit. Turn left into The Florida Aquarium Parking lot.

FROM THE NORTH: 

Take I-75 South to I-275 South, Exit 45A. Turn left onto N Orange Avenue. Turn left on E. Twiggs. Turn right on Channelside Dr. At the traffic circle take the 3rd exit. Turn left into The Florida Aquarium Parking lot.

FROM THE SOUTH:

Take I-75 North. Take FL-618 Selmon Expressway, Take exit 9 toward the Port of Tampa. Turn left onto E Adamo Drive to N 12 St. Turn left onto Channelside Drive. At the traffic circle take the 3rd exit. Turn left into The Florida Aquarium Parking lot.

FROM THE WEST:

Take I-275 North. Take exit 44 toward Downtown E.  Turn right on N Jefferson St. Turn left on N Orange St/Pierce St. Turn left on Twiggs. Turn right on Channelside Drive. At the traffic circle take the 3rd exit. Turn left into The Florida Aquarium Parking lot.

Frictionless Parking FAQ

May 28th, 2022

Frictionless parking is an automated solution that allows drivers to enter the surface lot without stopping to take a ticket. Drivers will also exit the surface lot without stopping to interact with parking equipment.

As a frictionless surface lot, customers will no longer need to stop and pay at the entrance of the surface lot; instead, customers will enter the surface lot, park their vehicle, and pay for their parking in advance using contactless mobile payment apps or one of the pay stations located throughout the surface lot.

Parking is included as part of The Florida Aquarium membership. Members will receive a link to register their vehicle(s) with the City of Tampa. No interaction with the pay station is needed.

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

Daily visitors to The Florida Aquarium may park on the surface lot based on availability for a fee. Payments can be made at the pay stations or by mobile payment apps.

There are eight (8) pay stations throughout the surface lot that accept credit cards only. There are two (2) pay stations located near the entrance of The Florida Aquarium that accept both credit cards and cash payments.

Guests can also pay through the ParkMobile, Passport, and PaybyPhone mobile apps.