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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
  • 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.


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 sorted by:
judith smith
lake worth, FL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Clearwater Aquarium"
July, 2016 NEW
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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Kym J
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2016 NEW
I visited Clearwater Marine Aquarium with my 6 year-old son and was amazed by the way the animals are loved. Every employee and volunteer had a heart filled with respect, admiration and love for the marine life. This is nothing like a zoo filled with cages. We saw Winter and Hope up close and watched them swim happily together for more than 30 minutes. We pet sting rays, went on the Sea Life Safari boat tour - which was amazing - and saw sea turtles, sea otters, nurse sharks, and pet sea urchins. The Sea Life Safari was fantastic! We took the boat to a private island and during the ride, dropped a net and temporarily caught local wildlife. The crew of marine biologists showed us a puffer fish, pin fish, cat fish and sea urchin. They taught all the kids and adults alike various facts about the marine life. Ultimately, the fish were returned to the water. It was an excellent learning experience. We were then taken to One Tree Island where we could gather sea shells and take photos. We saw Dolphins jumping out of the water and playing in the distance. Truly was an amazing day!
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"Amazing Experience.."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2016 NEW
This is our first time to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. We have seen the movies and understand about how the place was almost lost due to lack of interest and money problems. We had our relatives from Orlando come down and join us for our visit to the aquarium. First I want anyone reading my review to understand this is not like your normal aquarium like Seattle, Pittsburgh, or South Carolina. This is a place where these workers save injured mammals, and help them get back to where they need to be, so they can be released out into the wild again. Sometimes like Winter and Hope that is not possible. It was so nice to get to see Winter, Hope and Rufus in person. The place was crowded. It was difficult to find a place to park. Remember be prepared to have to find other method of parking. Potentially come earlier. The one thing that I thought was strange. There was a boat ride to the downtown studio to see where the movie was filmed. However due to lighting miles away they did not want to risk it and the FREE ride was temporarily unavailable. However the Dolphin watch which cost money was opened. I hope that was by mistake and not to just earn money so that they can take people out on the boat. That was my only hiccup. The price for 4 adults and a 11 year old was $104. The staff will take a photo of you and your family on your arrival and provide you a card for redeeming it. The cost of the photos can be pricey. Single photo can cost $25, or $35 for 2. If you purchase the dolphin thumb drive with all the photos which is 6. It includes additional photos of the other Winter, Hope and others, and includes a free printed phone for $59 plus tax. I recommend checking this place out. At the end of the day if it was not for Winter this would not be a place. She changed it for everyone. It is worth the price.
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Jackie E
"Clearwater Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2016 NEW
The aquarium was ok. A little pricey to see a few sea animals. It is an animal rehabilitation center. Not a huge aquarium. We went to see Hope and Winter but you couldn't see Winter. She was behind a wall. Could only see Hope. Kind of disappointing. People made a big hoopla over this place. Not worth the money.
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John T
Delran, New Jersey
"Small but Fasinating"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2016 NEW
This is a very special place. Most of the facility is dedicated to marine rehab; specifically dolphins and turtles. The tale of Winter and actually seeing her is well worth the price of admission if they had no other exhibits. But they do. And you get the boat or trolley shuttle downtown for more on the filming of Winter's Tail included with the price of admission. This is great for kids. They have rays to pet and feed as well as otters. See the movie before visiting. It will make more sense.
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JoNell S
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2016 NEW
So much fun for families, getting to,bed the crew rehabilite marine life was incredible. Seeing Winter and Hope was like seeing a famous star.

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.