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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.

Good To Know

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

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!

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
judith smith
lake worth, FL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Clearwater Aquarium"
July, 2016
I have been to this aquarium twice and would highly recommend it for all ages. Great hands on for kids. I especially like the fact that all of their animals are rescues and not just captured for people to see.
Tip: Especially with children in your group allow plenty of time.

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BARBARA FORAY
PALM HARBOR, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Grandkids - so much fun!"
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"
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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Worldwidetraveler13
Miami, Florida
"Clearwater Aquarium Visit #2"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
First I do appreciate what they are doing to help all these animals have a second chance which they could not do on their own. The first time I came to CMA was a few years ago, they were working on the new tank for Nick. This time around I expected more from our trip but was not much different. Staff is very friendly and I highly recommend going at least once but think twice for revisit unless they add more activities for children.
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thirdrowfan
Marietta, Georgia
"HIGHLY RECOMMEND"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
We did the trainer for the day program and LOVED it! Staff was excellent, very fun and unique way to interact with and learn about the animals. Anyone that gives this place low ratings does not understand their mission - they are not an aquarium in comparison with others. Rescue, Rehab and Release and they do this very well. Our daughter watched both dolphin tale movies and this was well beyond our expectations.
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Kelli H
"Cool aquarium!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
Although there aren't too many animals there (its more of a rehab than a typical aquarium), it was still a great place! The tickets are around $20 per adult, which is a little pricey for what it was, but it was great to see winter and hope!!! If you are in Clearwater, I think its worth a trip to see! Included with your ticket is an exhibit showing props from the movie Dolphin Tale, which was cool as well!
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hrhhall2455
Lafayette, Tennessee
"Excellent work done here. "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
Love this place and all the education it offers. No 'shows' only presentations which I like. However I am very upset about all the plastic, made in China, 'will end up back in the ocean to harm the very animals you're helping' novelty junk for purchase. Please do better on this. I will not be purchasing anything, and my $25 entry fee is my donation.
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Richard B
Miami, Florida, United States
"Educational and interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
Enjoyed the presentation about the different sea animals. Inexpensive for the whole family to visit.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clearwater Marine Aquarium

When is the aquarium open?
Our hours are 9:00AM - 6:00PM Monday through Sunday.

In addition to admission, does my ticket grant me access to anything else?
Guests enjoy a free trolley and/or boat ride to and from Winter’s Dolphin Adventure as part of their admission.

Can I bring my bag into Clearwater Marine Aquarium?
Yes, however all bags, purses, backpacks, etc. are subject to inspection prior to aquarium entry.

Is the aquarium ideal for children?
Absolutely. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has plenty for young children to enjoy. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Can I interact with the animals?
Animal interaction is available at specific exhibits and programs. Our animal encounter exhibits and programs include:

  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Trainer for a Day
  • Shark Encounter
  • Feed Rufus (pelican)
  • Feed a Stingray
  • Feed a Puffer Fish
It is recommended that guests reserve their spot at an encounter program early, as they fill up quickly.

Animal interactions are not allowed outside of these specific programs and encounters.

Can I bring food to the aquarium?
We cannot allow outside food or drinks inside the aquarium for the safety of all of our animals. However, the Shark Bites Cafe has food and beverages available for purchase within the aquarium.

Is parking available?
Yes. Free parking is available for all guests.