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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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Geri Beth C
"Too commercialized "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2017 NEW
We visited the aquarium many years ago, prior to the movies, and it had a lovely charm to it. The facility is much larger and it was awesome to see Winter and Hope, but there are signs everywhere (a little too much). The staff was relatively friendly. Talked to a couple trainers and interns, John was especially informative. We inquired about the boat ride and Nick told us to come back at 4:15, that he would save seats for us. When we returned at that time, he said he was just joking. We were not laughing. Not sure if we will ever visit again. Time will tell.
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Monica S
Santos, SP
"Disappointing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2017 NEW
Had been planning to visit the Aquarium ever since the Winter Movie. It was disappointing. Very small, not much to see. Animals seem to be confined to very small spaces. Took to boat tour and found it very boring too. A similar boat tour in Naples is a million times better. Very expensive for what it offers.
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LKH2017
St. Petersburg, Florida
"Great place if you love animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 26, 2017 NEW
If you love animals this a great place. As a marine rescue facility it's definitely different than typical aquariums. The river otters were probably our favorite. We got the annual pass so we can take any guests we have. It was a good value. We got an annual pass for 4 people and it was only about $35 more than just paying for 3 adult single admissions. Plus there are discounts and freebies at some other attractions, including the Dali museum in select months.
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Anon8815
Tampa, Florida
"More sanctuary than aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 26, 2017 NEW
It was a good way to kill some time and I definitely support their efforts. However, compared to other aquariums, this is quite small, especially for the price. And they do not offer student discounts. Worth checking out but don't have your expectations too high.
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Andy M
"Went because the kids love the show."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 26, 2017 NEW
We had actually just arrived in Florida for our vacation and couldn't check in so we were driving and came across the aquarium. My kids love the show (partly due to my son having a a prosthetic) so we decided to go hang out for a bit. It was fun due to the movie tie. We are glad we went.

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.