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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
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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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RTGNoVA
NoVA
"Was it worth the admission price? Not so sure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
The marine aquarium is an interesting place to visit, but you should be prepared for a somewhat less than professional presentation. The place struck us as being a bit run-down, but it's clear that the staff are sincere and dedicated in their efforts. The $42 price of admission for two "seniors" includes the mandatory $6 parking fee in the off-street garage. (Oddly enough, Google Maps indicated that parking as limited in the area. I suppose Big G meant on-the-street parking, because the garage is huge and was not overly full. We visited for a bit more than two hours before getting somewhat bored. then we had a lunch at the on-site snack bar, which was a major disappointment. give it a try if you feel like it and your kids want to seen aquatic critters up close (The kids we saw were mesmerized by the dolphin show, the otters and the sea turtles) We probably won't make another visit, but it's worth seeing if you've never been before.
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94Dwight
"Very interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
I've been to this marine aquarium many years ago. Just went back and it is really nice. Someone mentioned in a review I read that, it was "unkempt" or not a pretty, flashy place. Well.... it's not, and not suppose to be. It's a teaching rescue and reascerch facility. It's where real life things take place. It is one of many amazing marine facilities. They don't receive a lot of money. A lot of people volunteer there and the actual employees aren't paid very much. They love animals and the environment. Donation they receive help tremendously. Fascinating. I think you'll love going there.
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Harvey K
"Wonderful Low Budget Experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2017 NEW
This was a cute, home spun, mostly volunteered staffed small aquarium, with a charm all its own. The movie Dolphen Tail, which features this small aquarium, has spurred an explosive growth in visitors in the past few years. Miraculously the aquarium has retained it’s hometown charm. Yes “Winter” the Dolphen with the prosthetic tail, still resides there and delights visitors young and old. The aquarium has enlarged for the added visitor numbers and added a large parking building next door. Dolphen shows, up close encounters, sting ray petting tank, otters and turtles, all done in a non Sea World atmosphere. You can also visit the Dolphen Tails, Movie Museum in nearby Clearwater. The museum is surprising interesting. You can take the land trolley, or take the delightful water taxi to get there from the aquarium site. Plan to spend a few hours. It is a refreshing change from Sea World, Disney and the other large entertainment parks.
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Audrey H
Tennessee
"Neat afternoon"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
We stopped by here because our original plans fell apart. There is not a huge amount of animals here to see but the staff was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the ones there. This is a research and rescue aquarium not your basic tourist attraction aquarium. They have presentations throughout the day and a small Boat ride was included in our ticket.
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skacphoto
Boynton Beach, Florida
"Small but worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
I spent 2 hours and I feel like I did everything (except the extended boat tours). It was the perfect amount of time to do something before lunch. It's not really an aquarium though. I would describe it more as a public hospital. I like the education pieces, and as a vet tech myself, I really enjoyed walking through the "exam room" areas. I loved it and I will be back. They really do great work.
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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.