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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

4 Reviews
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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dgitz
Yonkers, New York
"The entire place is under construction"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
Save this place for a visit in 2017. It was a huge disappointment to arrive and find out that more than 75% of this place is currently under construction. The staff is super nice but they should not be charging full price. Yes, I realize that they are not for profit but we all still felt a bit ripped off. Seeing Winter the dolphin was very nice but even he looked like he wanted to say "sorry that you had to pay 22$ each to get in here." 2 stars are simply for the staff that are trying very hard to make this work.
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Lindarbeach
London Ontario
"Great for Dolphin Lovers"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
We visited the Clearwater Aquarium in November and enjoyed it very much. You must know it is more about the Dolphins then an Aquarium but it is worth the cost. The place is split in 2 areas and you can use the trolley or the water taxi to go between them. We used the water taxi which travels under the causeway bridge and through the harbor and takes only about 15 min. We enjoyed the short trip very much. The staff are very friendly and informative about the animals and fish.You can see both areas in less than a day we stayed about 3-4 hrs and enjoyed it.
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Shawn D
Dunedin, United States
"Awesome Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
I have had the pleasure of visiting this place and meeting the CEO David Yates and hearing his story about this amazing place! You will not be disappointed and this is great for the WHOLE family :) A great stop on the way to the best beach, Clearwater Beach
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Yvette2006
Orlando, Florida
"Great place to see the animals from the movie"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2016 NEW
Glad I went to see the animals from the movie and for a great cause. Beautiful area to enjoy for the holidays.
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tourmngr
Roskilde, Denmark
"Fun and interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2016 NEW
A good place to see what can be done to help and rescue wildlife. The facility itself is a little worn out and lagged maintenance - especially the underwater area where you could hardly look through the dirty glass.

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.