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Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL

249 Windward PassageClearwater Beach, FL 33767  
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Overview

Home to “Dolphin Tale” star, Winter—a rescued dolphin that uses a prosthetic tail–Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a perfect family-friendly attraction to visit in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The aquarium offers exciting Sea Life Safari cruises and interaction programs, and is dedicated to preserving marine life, having rescued a number of dolphins, sea turtles, and other sea creatures since 1982.

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our Clearwater Beach Travel Experts
  • Tickets include admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and admission to Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure.
  • Hands-on experiences.
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Good To Know

from Rosemarie, our Clearwater Beach Market Manager
  • Free trolley or boat ride in between Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure with your admission tickets.
  • Clearwater Marina Aquarium are rescues that will hopefully be rehabilitated.
  • Since 2010, CMA has provided medical care to 375 sea turtles. This is the ninth sea turtle CMA has released in 2015.
  • Home to Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed on location.
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Description

from Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a unique, nonprofit hospital dedicated to the rescue, rehab and release of dolphins, sea turtles and other marine animals. It’s home to Winter, the dolphin whose story of survival after losing her tail inspired millions through the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. Learn while having fun through animal interactions, exhibits, touch tanks and more. Hop aboard a complimentary boat or trolley shuttle to nearby Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, where you'll discover a museum of rebuilt movie sets, walk through an interactive Hurricane Experience exhibit and explore touch tanks. Discover a day of fun and a lifetime of inspiration!

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BARBARA FORAY PALM HARBOR, FL
1 Review
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"Grandkids - so much fun!"
Reviewed February, 2015
While the kids were amazed, the adults had just as much fun! What a real hands-on experience. We will definitely return.
Tip: It is hot!

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daniel wiggins ellenton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"our disappointment"
Reviewed January, 2015
yeah, it was o.k., but disappointed that did not get a closer look at Winter. The pool was very small because of a perimeter about 3 feet wide and the shading it was quite difficult to get a good view. I believe we saw Winter rise above the water line two times where we could see what was left of his tail. The other aquarium creature were more visible, but still not a whole lot to see. An otter, a couple of stingrays and some turtles and that was about it. So there you have it.
Tip: Don't be overly optimistic about what you will see.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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bobnotmyrealname4

Jersey, United Kingdom

"It was decent"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2016 NEW

This attraction is really good with the dolphin Winter, but there wasn't many animals, even though it is a rescue centre, it's not a good place to visit with family.

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Lytlex4

Kingston, New Hampshire

"Loved it! Wonderful value!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2016 NEW

First, grab coupons at local shops -- we got kids in free with our adult tickets and saved $20 a piece. Price includes the aquarium in the beach area (with Winter!) and also ferry ride across Mandalay Bay to Clearwater center for walk through sets and props from Dolphin Tale. We also fed stingrays for $5, and they had neat packages (trainer for a day, meet the dolphins) for more $$. All the animals are recue/rehab, so your money goes right to the sea creatures. Loved it.

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Dave H

New Prague, Minnesota

"Smaller than expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2016 NEW

Not a whole lot to see here. Not quite sure if it was worth the price of admission. We decided not to go to the second site. It wasn't bad, just not great.

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Nicoleswierczyk

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"What an amazing place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2016 NEW

This was my sons 3rd trip here! He loves winter and hope! The staff is super friendly and helpful with info on the animals! They really do care about helping! Will be back next year!

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Samantha S


"Fun and great boat ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2016 NEW

Loved seeing Winter from Dolphin Tail. My 9 year old was really interested in watching Hope and Winter get enrichment and listening to the care takers. Loved seeing the anima care facilities. The Sea Safari was also really fun for young kids. We saw dolphins too!! Sea shell island was ok. Not the best shells and it was small with ma y private boats/parties docked their too.

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