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
Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and explore the world of marine life rescue. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the popular Dolphin Tale movies that tell her story of survival after losing her tail to injury. Both movies were filmed on location, where you can see actual movie set areas and props. See rescued dolphins, sea turtles, otters and more. Discover the working animal hospital and rehabilitation areas. Meet and chat with the animal care team members. Be inspired and educated by the ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation and release through presentations, educational games and exhibits.

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
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"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
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"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.
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BARBARA FORAY
PALM HARBOR, FL
1 Review
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"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.
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daniel wiggins
ellenton, FL
1 Review
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"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.
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Anonymous
"Good visit to the aquarium "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Good couple of hours spent at the aquarium today. Very knowledgeable and friendly team. Our kids enjoyed it (ages 7 & 4). Would recommend as only a 5 minute car ride from the beach
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Lin_Dan_2223
Fayetteville, Arkansas
"Excellent place to visit and enjoy the day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Purchased combo tickets, BTS, boat Safari, & general admission tickets and the whole package was well worth the cost. Spent from 10:00 to 15:30 there and all was fantastic. Great for all ages.
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Tena S
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
"Animal Excursions are overpriced"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
You must go while in Clearwater Beach! Its such an amazing place and the story of Winter and Hope is just endearing. I want to believe the animal encounters prices are to support, rescue, and rehab the animals. But the encounters last only a few minutes and cost a fortune ($495 for a dolphin Trainer experience that lasted 12 minutes)
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cpdwilkinson
Terrace Park, Ohio
"Wonderful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
This is a wonderfully refreshing place to visit. Being a not-for-profit rescue Centre, it does not have all the glitz and glamour of a Sea World. However, even on a standard entry ticket you can get up very close to the Dolphins, Turtles and Otters and pet the small fish. The volunteers/staff are super nice and, if you haven’t seen Dolphin Tale, are more than willing to tell you the stories of how the animals where rescued. You can see the hospital, kitchen and there are plenty of interactive presentations the whole family can enjoy. We got a lovely glitter tattoo from a lovely lady called Cathy, for small donation (all of which goes to help the animals). Very nice way to spend a couple of fun hours, while doing something good for nature.
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btb44
Clearwater, Florida
"Always a nice place to visit and enjoy the live fish"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Love the place every time we visit. Altho we've been here before, it is great to do it again the following season.
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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.