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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
  • 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.

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

6 Reviews
Tamara Iskhakova
1 Review
"Utter dissapointment"
May, 2017
We were looking foward to seeing a wide variety of animals, (and maybe a show or two) but instead saw only 2 dolphins, 5 otters, 5 turtles, and some stingtrays. The place's main claim to fame was the movie that was shot here, and winter and hope. It was also immensly overpriced, and there were more donation boxes than animals. The gift shop could have been another exibit. It was an utter dissapointment. Would not go.

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Kerry Thormeier
1 Review
"Inspirational!!"
December, 2016
What a great place to visit! We had a wonderful time! My daughter absolutely loved Winter, Hope, and Nicholas! Her favorite part was getting her picture with Hope! Such a great and inspirational place to visit! Thank you CMA

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Donna Williams
South Bend, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"What a rip off!"
September, 2016
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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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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Corey_C19
Hershey, Pennsylvania
"Interesting and fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
Nice place, recommended highly; a fun half day of exploration and learning. Their mission is admirable and well-executed. Staff is super-friendly and knowledgeable. Only criticisms would be the state of the public restroom trailer- hard to make something impermanent nice but this was a hard-used facility that needed more attention. Also, outdoor areas require more fans or air-movers; Clearwater in the summer is brutal and the most interesting displays/exhibits will be quickly dismissed if one has to endure that kind of heat and humidity to see them.
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Rachel Y
London, United Kingdom
"Great work with the animals "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
As other reviews have pointed out this is not a highly commercial aquarium like seaworld or similar. It is a rescue centre primarily so bear that in mind when coming. That said the work they do here is incredible and the stories of the animals are inspiring although upsetting at times. They have good facilities for the animals and the staff are clearly passionate about their work. It's a bit basic in some respects and in one section the lights had failed for some reason so it was a bit strange, can't imagine it happening in a more touristy venue. We didn't spend long there but there was more to see that we ran out of time for. Wasn't too badly priced either although the extra $6 for parking seemed a bit unnecessary and the gift shop was very expensive. Worth visiting for a couple of hours if you bear in mind that it's a rescue centre first and tourist attraction second.
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matthew z
"great, smaller aquarium/hospital with a great cause"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2017 NEW
Ive been here a few different times with different but equally good experiences. the first time was before the movies (dolphin tale 1 & 2) and before the expansion and new construction areas. was there recently, and saw the prices were quite a bit steeper than years before, but I gladly go because I love what they do for the Area. love seeing winter and hope. touch tanks are good, its a fun half day, especially for smaller kids.
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Pjslw
Denver, Colorado
"We spent the entire day here!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2017 NEW
We had gone with the expectation of a 3-hour visit and ended up dragging the kids (8 and 11) out right before closing! They are Dolphin Tale lovers, so that aspect pulled them in, but it was also a great hands-on educational experience. The volunteers and staff were very knowledgeable and truly enjoy what they are doing. We were able to get pretty close up to all 3 of the resident dolphins. They even had a sea turtle rescue arrival while we were there, so we were able to watch triage in the hospital. We took the trolley over to the Adventure location in downtown Clearwater and took their boat back. All was included in a great discounted price with tickets purchased through our hotel concierge. The partial shade throughout the facility was a welcome relief. So happy we went - it was a highlight of our trip.
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Chip B
Bexley, Ohio
"Trainer for a Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2017 NEW
We visited in July and did the Trainer for a Day program. It was excellent and I'd highly recommend for anyone who wants an in-depth view of what it's like to work with these animals on a daily basis. The tour included hands-on activities with the pelican, the river otters, and a dolphin. Sabrina was our guide and was very knowledgeable. The tour has a very relaxed pace with plenty of time to ask questions of the trainers. We were impressed by all of them, and learned a lot from Danica. We plan to return in the future and take our kids.

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.