Florida Activities: Tampa Aquarium

April 20th 2023 in Explore
Florida Activities: Tampa Aquarium

Tampa Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium offers a wide variety of aquatic exhibits displaying marine life from all around the world. Enjoy free admission for the entire day.

At the Florida Aquarium, you may get up close and personal with many of Florida's aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as those from around the world, such as sea turtles and coral. Your ticket grants you entry to all the exhibitions, highlighting a wide range of species and environments.

The Florida Aquarium works on many conservation fronts to conserve and repair our world, including research and rescue operations to help restore Florida's sea turtle and coral populations and guarantee that sharks continue to sail the waters.

Learn about this hypnotically elegant ocean creature with tremendous survival skills by getting up close and personal with distinctive moon jellies at the Moon Bay exhibit's touch pool experience.

See alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python on the Wetlands Trail. There is also a vast aviary where birds may wander in a secure setting.

Travel through a mangrove forest to view indigenous fish in their natural habitat. During regular lectures at the ranger station, you may see feedings of the fascinating pink spoonbill or other creatures and learn more about nature.

Journey to Madagascar is a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life from the Indian Ocean. See spiny lobsters, bizarre Toadfish, and Batfish that walk on the seafloor at the Bays to Beaches exhibit.

Touch the soft aquatic organisms at Stingray Beach and the strange creatures with no backbone, such as anemones and sea stars. Discover the fascinating water dragons and sea horses in the coral tunnel.

The Florida Aquarium adventure concludes with a 500,000-gallon environment with sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels.

The Waves of Wonder display explains the aquarium's conservation activities. The Heart of the Sea is the centrepiece of this part, where you may view bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtles, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and various reef species.

Bring swimwear for the youngsters encouraged to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets, waterworks, net climbs, slides, and more at The Splash Pad.


You have up to 24 hours to cancel for a full refund, and the ticket lasts one day. This ticket allows you to bypass the admission queue and enjoy the Aquarium much faster. It is also wheelchair accessible.


You may enjoy three distinct touch pools, learn about marine species worldwide, view seahorses, lemurs, and free-flying birds, and interact with mesmerising moon jellies and curious stingrays.

Meeting Point

Follow the "Will Call" signage to The Florida Aquarium's main gate. If parking is required, proceed one block north to the official aquarium surface lot at Channelside Drive and York Street intersection. Then follow the signs to the aquarium's main entrance. If you're on the TECO streetcar or trolley, get off at Amalie Arena and walk east 1.5 blocks on Channelside Drive, or get off at Cumberland Avenue and walk south 0.5 blocks on Channelside Drive.

What To Bring

It's important to bring swimwear, a change of clothes and towels.

Know Before You Go

Your input is only valid at the time specified or later on the same day.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are holidays when the Aquarium is closed.

Please remember that carers should bring towels and a change of clothing for small children who wish to play in the Splash Pad.

Daily, a limited number of wheelchairs, electric scooters, and strollers are available for rent.

The official Aquarium parking lot is one block north of The Florida Aquarium. The fee is $10.35 per vehicle, payable at pay terminals situated throughout the lot using a major credit card (Visa,Mastercard, or American Express).

The Aquarium is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organisation dedicated to entertaining, educating, and motivating people to become champions for marine life protection.

Allow at least two hours for your visit. The Aquarium is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.