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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.

Highlights

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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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!

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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.
Tip: It is hot!

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daniel wiggins ellenton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: Don't be overly optimistic about what you will see.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Tom A

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Very interesting and informative, supports care of animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2016 NEW

While the a aquarium isn't very large, we saw a wide variety of animals, from dolphins and turtles to river otter and pelicans. More than anything I appreciate that my $20 went to help care for ill or injured animals. Worth one trip, but probably not two.

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L P

Columbus, Ohio

"Family trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2016 NEW

Good family visit. It's a good idea to get there before noon--and pack a lunch. You can come and go as you please-so eat lunch at car and go explore some more

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missfrizz73

Peoria, Illinois

"Would have given this 4 stars but needs more variety"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2016 NEW

Well we had heard all about this aquarium although I never saw those movies. It was fun to check out an aquarium since I haven't done that in forever. I just felt like there wasn't a whole lot to see.. A few big exhibits and some smaller tanks. I was at the Monterey aquarium in San Fran about 8 years ago maybe nothing compares. Also expensive!!!

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Bonnie F


"A favorite for the kids and adults!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2016 NEW

After seeing the movie Dolphin Tale, we knew we had to visit! We spent the day in Clearwater (we stayed in Orlando area.) The aquarium was fantastic, but be prepared for a crowd, though it didn't take long to get in. Very informative, fun to watch all the marine life and especially Winter! Something my kids will always remember - I'm glad we took the time.

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mackina

Markinch, United Kingdom

"Short visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2016 NEW

Went for a visit to the Aguarium which is basically a marine hospital for injured animals. There was not a lot of animals present as after recuperation they get released back to the wild. The most famous resident is Winter the dolphin who has had an artificial tail fitted and the film Winters Tale was all about her. Various talks and feeding times are worth seeing. Very interesting place to visit.

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