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Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL

249 Windward PassageClearwater Beach, FL 33767
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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.

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from Ashley, one of our Clearwater Beach Travel Experts
  • 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 Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure.
  • Hands-on experiences available for all ages.
  • Free trolley or boat ride in between Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure with your admission tickets.
  • Since 2010, CMA has provided medical care to 375 sea turtles.


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

4 Reviews
Donna Williams
South Bend, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"What a rip off!"
September, 2016 NEW
This was an awful experience! For what we paid and seen 3 dolphins and 4 turtles. The tanks were cloudy and dirty. Wouldn't waste my money if I were you! We was there about an hr.

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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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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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Claire H
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
"Another great visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2016 NEW
Excellent visit to see Hope and Winter and ll the other animals. Staff are very interactive and great with children.
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Bath, Indiana
"Great Visit!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2016 NEW
We have watched the movies and were excited about seeing Winter and Hope. We were not disappointed! We paid general admission and seen the aquarium and also were able to take a boat ride over to see the props from the movie set. After that we took the jolley trolley back to aquarium. Enjoyed our visit greatly!
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Charlene B
"Winter "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2016 NEW
Great education about marine rescue and animal for a person from the Midwest All the volunteers were informative and engaging
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Chertsey, United Kingdom
"Fabulous "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2016 NEW
We went to Clearwater for the day and stopped off here! It was around around $40 each but really worth it. It's a non profit organisation so the money goes to helping rescued marine animals. It's educational and great to see, they release the animals that are suitable and care for the others. An amazing opportunity to see 'hope' and 'winter' the Dolphins from the film 'dolphin tale' plus otters, turtles and the pelican. Best $40 I have spent. Great attraction and cause!
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"Pricey but worth the trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2016 NEW
Our little family members LOVED seeing Winter and all the rescues - including the sea turtles. The gift shop is pricey but considering it benefits the aquarium it's understandable. Visit on a warm, calm day or bring a sweatshirt just in case. It was windy and cool on the day we visited and we were freezing the whole time.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clearwater Marine Aquarium

When is the aquarium open?
The aquarium hours of operation are 9:00AM - 6:00PM Monday through Sunday. Seasonal hours do apply. To see current hours of operation, please visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website.

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?
Our Shark Bites Cafe has food and beverages available for purchase within the aquarium, but guests may also bring their own snacks.

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