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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

5 Reviews
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
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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Maha M
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
"Interesting place to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
We visited the aquarium during our stay recently on Madeira beach . We were pleased with our visit as we saw hope and winter in there own living place . Both dolphins were very interesting to see . The animal hospital and the training place were very clean and we get to see a dolphin show . Seeing the star of the movie with her tail off and with the gear were very interesting .
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gdlckbear22
gdlckbear22
"Not your average aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
I have to say it was nothing like I expected but it was awesome in it's own way. It was great to see the animals so very well cared for. It can get pretty packed so be prepared to stay a while to see everything you want to see.
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Julie J
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
"Better than a typical aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
My daughter had been anxious to see Winter after watching the Dolphin Tale movie, so we headed to the aquarium. Wow - we were so impressed at what we found! After having been to the Baltimore aquarium and many others, we all ended the day commenting about how much we loved Clearwater! The staff and volunteers were so knowledgeable - we all learned so much. We especially enjoyed the animal hospital area with the turtle rescue tanks, the otters, and of course, the dolphins! We thought we would stay for an hour or two, but ended up spending most of the day, enjoying the free boat ride to the other facility and exploring the hurricane movie set as well as seeing all the animals! A definite must do in Clearwater!
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RachelH960
Gainesville, Florida
"Family visit to see Winter the dolphin"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2017 NEW
This was fun to visit. I think it is a,one time place. It is undergoing renovation right now but the only thing effected by that seemed to be the parking. It is two floors so not so stroller friendly. I would suggestion wearing baby.
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izbobh
Naperville, Illinois
"Small and Friendly Aquarium "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2017 NEW
Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. While relatively small facility it does provide up close up, and where possible, hands on viewing.

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.