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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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Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

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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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Rather_Nomadic

Panama City, Florida

"A must for movie fans"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

Do yourself a favor and watch both Dolphin Tale movies before visiting. It will make your visit much more enjoyable. Realize that they now have an extension location in downtown Clearwater (included in the same ticket). If you are going on a busy day with heavy traffic on the bridge (weekends and most of the summer), my recommendation is to park at the downtown location and use the free trolley or boat ferry to access the main sight on the island. You will save your sanity from traffic and having to cross the bridge multiple times. Also, active duty military are free every day and retirees are free on one day a week (call to confirm day).

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Sarah F


"Wonderful facility "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

I really appreciate the work that they do here. I don't mind gift shop souvenir prices when I know the money is being used to help wildlife. The Sealife Safari was a lot of fun and we got to pick up quite a few shells on the little island stop. Also got to see some dolphins while at the island. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who likes nature and learning about marine life.

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Pamela K

Auburn, Maine

"no place to park"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

Tried to visit the aquarium and followed all signs for parking. There were spaces available but we were told they were holding all spaces for handicapped visitors even though they had a separate handicapped parking lot. We were given no other parking options. Very poor signage and a strange policy to not allow visitor parking in the "regular" lot,

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barbie53340

Rochester, New York

"cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

went here on my nephew 's suggest it was the best thing we could have seen we have nothing like this back home so much to see it will take almost a full day depending on how long u stay.

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hael80

IL

"Tampa City Pass"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2016 NEW

We had purchased the Tampa City Pass as we felt it would be a good value for our vacation. Had CMA not been included we would not have gone. I feel it is a bit pricey otherwise. The trainer talk with Nicholas was informative and seeing Winter and Hope was neat. It is very small and doesn't take a lot of people to make it crowded.

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