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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, Florida, 33767

The Basics

Learn about Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission of rescue, rehabilitation, and release by touring its many exhibits and taking part in educational activities. Join a guided behind-the-scenes tour, take a safari boat ride in the waters surrounding the aquarium, shadow animal care professionals, and much more. In addition to seeing the aquarium's rehabilitated animals that can't be released into the wild, you can also observe the rescue and rehabilitation process first-hand at its hospital.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The aquarium is a family-friendly activity that engages and educates all ages.

  • Special programs, such as animal encounters, sell out due to limited availability. Book in advance.

  • The aquarium is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but the Sea Life Safari and Dolphin Adventure Tour are not.

  • Some exhibits are outdoors, so come prepared for all weather. Wearing layers is recommended.

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How to Get There

The aquarium is located in Clearwater, a 40-minute drive from both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Take FL-60 West to Island Way in Clearwater. Then, follow Island Way and Windward Passage to Marina Way. The aquarium is located at the end of Marina Way. Paid parking is available in the aquarium's garage.

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When to Get There

Peak season in Clearwater is around winter holidays, spring break, and summer school vacations. In these times, the aquarium can be quite crowded, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Avoid visiting when it is raining because some of the outdoor exhibits may be closed.

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Visit the Stars of*Dolphin Tale*

Fans of the movieDolphin Tale andDolphin Tale 2 can meet the movies’ stars—Winter and Hope—and learn the backstory of both dolphins' rescues at the aquarium. The movie was filmed at the aquarium so you can visit the movie set too. Plus, learn about the rehabilitation of the dolphins, see Winter’s prosthetic tail in action, and watch Winter and Hope interact.

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