The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

1. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

Tampa: ZooQuarium Ticket

2. Tampa: ZooQuarium Ticket

Receive double the fun with full access to both the ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the Florida Aquarium in a single Price Ticket. Enjoy all-day access to the ZooTampa at Lowry Park which includes the family-friendly Water Play Areas, Carousel Circle, and Tiger Family Roller Coaster as well as their 5 Wildlife continent habitats: (Florida Wildlife, Asian Gardens, Wallaroo Station, Primate World, and Safari Africa). Then, head out to the Florida Aquarium to experience one of the top Aquariums in the United States with thousands of amazing sea creatures, terrestrial animals and plants. Explore all the Aquarium exhibits and daily scheduled activities, the outdoor plaza which includes The Splash Pad, Fins Bar, and the Four Ducks 4-D theater.

Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 53% at 5 Top Attractions

3. Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 53% at 5 Top Attractions

Ride thrilling coasters and see amazing animals, inspiring art, fascinating science, and more with the Tampa Bay CityPASS ticket which includes admission to: 1. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Florida’s Coaster Capital, is the ultimate family adventure, providing unrivaled excitement for guests of every age with a unique blend of world-class thrill rides, live shows, games, restaurants and one of the nation’s largest zoos. 2. The Florida Aquarium See why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with thousands of sea creatures, including sharks, alligators, otters, sea turtles, and more! Encounter ring-tailed lemurs, touch a moon jelly and explore the hidden creatures living in our oceans.  3. ZooTampa at Lowry Park Experience unforgettable natural connections and excitement at ZooTampa! Feel the rush of a macaw soaring overhead, ask questions at the many animal mingles, and feel the splash of wild water adventure at Roaring Springs presented by Pinch A Penny!  4. Clearwater Marine Aquarium See Winter the dolphin, star, and inspiration of the popular Dolphin Tale movies. Immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at this unique facility—not your typical aquarium. Explore the working animal hospital. See rescued dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and otters. Be inspired by fun, educational presentations about the important ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation, and release. 5. Museum of Science and Industry OR The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise 5.1 Museum of Science and Industry Tampa’s premier science center, where curious minds can explore space science, weather, robotics, engineering, physics, paleontology, the human body, and more. Get “STEAM-ed” at MOSI, where Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math collide. 5.2 The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise Experience Clearwater Beach, its magnificent waterways, and its resident Bottlenose Dolphins onboard Clearwater Beach's Best Outdoor Activity of the year! Enjoy guaranteed dolphin sightings on a Dolphin Exploration tour, along with a live narration from the crew and other wildlife viewing opportunities. Or, witness a breathtaking Florida sunset on a Sunset Celebration Cruise.

Tampa Riverwalk: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

4. Tampa Riverwalk: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Embark on a self-guided tour of the picturesque Tampa Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River. Stroll past historical and modern landmarks while listening to the audio guide on your smartphone device. Learn about the Florida Aquarium, the Port Tampa Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and the Sparkman Wharf. Visit any of the locations on the tour or any other attractions at your own pace and pick up where you left off. Marvel at the stunning River Wall of incredible photography on the Riverwalk, and check out the massive Amalie Arena and equally monstrous Convention Center. Hear the heartwarming stories behind Heroes Plaza, the Historic Monument Trail and how the University of South Florida contributes to the beautiful USF park showcasing the natural habitat, flora and fauna of Tampa. Learn about the Tampa Bay History Center, the naming of the Cotanchobee-Fort Brooke Park and who the MacDill Park honors. Hear about the building affectionately known as “The Beer Can Building” and lots of other Tampa fun facts. Take in the views of the city’s dramatic skyline in the Sail Pavilion or on a water bike ride down the river. Explore the Kiley Gardens and the campus of the University of Tampa if you wish as we tell you about their “haunted” hall. Stroll by and learn about the design of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Glazer Children’s Museum. Enjoy the charming family friendly waterfront Curtis Hixon Park or get cooled off at the Waterworks Park. Explore the historical Armature Works, home to markets, events spaces, workplaces, restaurants, and bars. Enjoy fun trivia questions based on the tour commentary at the end of the experience.

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What people are saying about The Florida Aquarium

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 281 reviews

My daughter and I had a hard time finding parking but once that part of our trip was figured out, we had such a great time. We walked up to guest services and I pulled up my ticket on my phone Lady scanned it and we went straight inside were we was greeted by a lady that told us how to get around the aquarium. We enjoyed our day. My daughter had just turned 3 last week and she and I was both able to touch jelly fish, sting rays, and we was able to get through the whole place in about 2.5 hours this included playing on the splash pad. We will come back a visit the aquarium with other family members because we really did enjoy our time. Because of hurricane Ian the 4D movie was closed and there wasn’t any food areas open. Since we was not allowed to bring food inside the gates when she said hungry we took off pretty quick.

IT WAS SO FUN. I’m not a kid and I don’t have any children, but my boyfriend and l really enjoyed the experience. If you are going on a weekday, it’s usually not too busy so “skip the line” isn’t really needed. But everything was fantastic, the place is very clean. The touch pools were my favorite. Definitely a must see.

I had never seen an aquarium with as many things to see and watch. The tour was absolutely awesome. Let there be no doubt I will be taking my grandchildren to the aquarium when they come to visit me in Florida.

Easy and cheaper than the Aquarium website. Just scan the barcode at the entrance. They also have free luggage storage for cruise passengers since it’s only one block away

I had my 6 year old and 6 month old granddaughters. They were both entertained for our 3 hour visit. Nice to be indoors on a very hot day. I would recommend for all ages.