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Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL

249 Windward PassageClearwater Beach, FL 33767  
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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Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

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Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

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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
  • 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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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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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.
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daniel wiggins ellenton, FL
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"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.
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Sandy S

Troy, Michigan

"I got to be a trainer for a day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2016 NEW

Loved this place so much, that I brought my niece back and we were trainers for the day. We got to prepare the food for all of the animals and see the behind the scene running of the aquarium. Was a once in a life time experience. If you get a chance try it, you won't be disappointed.

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StaceyB0620


"Loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2016 NEW

This is not your average aquarium. My daughter ( who just turned 24 ) and I visited the aquarium while in Florida this past week, she wanted to see Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tales movies. It was a wonderful yet educational experience and wouldn't hesitate to visit again. Such a wonderful way to spend a few hours and see the amazing work the people there do for these two special animals including all of the other animals that they help. A must see!

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tomgailr

Archbald, Pennsylvania

"nice stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2016 NEW

good stop small aquarium. fun and enjoyable.they have food and a neat shop. very well run, a nice visit.

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dia4229

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

"Small facility dedicated to animal welfare and reabilitation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2016 NEW

This is not a thrill aquarium, so if you want to see animals trained to do tricks and thrill the audience go to seaworld in Orlando. I was delighted to see the vet staff treating a sea turtle and to hear the stories the staff shared on all the rescue efforts that the aquarium achieves. They house many dolphins, sea turtles, and otters that are either undergoing treatment, or cannot be returned to the wild. Their are ample opportunities to view winter and hope and to watch their interaction with their trainers. There is a large outdoor pool that houses Nicholas, another dolphin that cannot be returned to the wild. We took the dolphin encounter boat tour, and it was very informative. We didn't get to see any dolphins on the trip as it was pretty cold that day, but our captain went out of her way to point out many bird species and nesting spots which was cool to see. She also retrieved a drone from a sand bar and explained so much of what they do when they are out on expeditions. A day well spent, and we learned a lot too. Spend some time really looking around, as the small aquariums that they have are also worth seeing. We got to see a star fish that was regenerating a leg and talked in length with a volunteer.

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rnonvacation123

Chatham, Illinois

"Customer outside cashier not very good made nasty comments to me"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2016 NEW

I think it's a little overpriced for the small aquarium. The staff inside very nice and helpful. Found the cashier outside to be unprofessional about us using a coupon to assist with people getting a break since the brochures said they were open till 6pm people were turning around leaving. I offered a coupon so they would go in instead of leaving. Cashier said I couldn't do that although that would of made more people coming in then leaving.

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