Explore a variety of diverse ecosystem exhibits and learn about marine animals, plants, and their habitats. Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience.
Explore The Florida Aquarium Interactive And Educational Exhibits
You can start your visit on the Florida Wetlands Trail. Winding through a vast mangrove forest, you’ll encounter river otters, free-flying birds, and native fish. Continue to the second floor of the Wetlands gallery and enter Journey to Madagascar. Filled with Ring-tailed Lemurs, hissing cockroaches, and colorful chameleons, this exhibit captures the unique Island of Madagascar and the diverse animals that call it home.
The next part of your journey will take you through Bays & Beaches where you’ll discover a Goliath Grouper and other species that call Tampa Bay home. Be sure to make a stop at Stingray Beach where you can touch stingrays and sharks! As you travel onward you’ll descend deeper into aquatic environments where you’ll discover stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles, and their massive Sand Tiger Sharks.
Dive Into The Florida Aquarium
Adventurous guests can take the plunge to swim or dive with Sand Tiger Sharks or with thousands of colorful fishes with the Florida Aquarium’s Swim with the Fishes program (you must be six years or older to swim with the fishes and 15 years or older to swim with the sharks).
Want to see a penguin up-close? Meet their African Penguin colony with Penguins: Backstage Pass. Visitors will get the chance to touch or see penguins swim and play. (Note: an additional charge is required for this encounter.)
Tampa Bay Boat Nature And Wildlife Tour
After exploring all the indoor exhibits, climb aboard the 72-foot Wild Dolphin Cruise catamaran for a 75- minute excursion around Tampa Bay to observe and learn about wild dolphins and seabirds in their natural habitat. (Note: reservations and an additional charge are required.)
Children’s Splash Pad And Outdoor Play Area
Beat the summer heat at The Florida Aquarium’s outdoor water adventure zone, the Rainforest themed Splash Pad, where children can splash away while parents relax with views of the Bay and enjoy numerous food options at Café Ray.
With over 20,000 sea creatures, there is a sea of excitement waiting for you at The Florida Aquarium.
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