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The Florida Aquarium

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Address: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
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+1 813-273-4000
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This aquarium features a fascinating array of animals and birds found along...

This aquarium features a fascinating array of animals and birds found along Florida's waterways.

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Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

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Afternoon of relaxation

Nice place. Not very big but a great way to spend a couple of hours just relaxing. Access with the local trolley from downtown Tampa.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Sabra N
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Evans, United States
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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great aquarium with an awesome collection of jellyfish. Lots to see and do, great for families, seniors and dates! The main aquarium is spectacular with an impressive collection of sealife including sharks, stingrays, fish and great looking marine life. Its easy to walk around, they have a nice place to get munchies, a fun outdoor area for kiddies to paddle... More 

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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked a swim with the sharks experience for New Years Day. Was greeted by a dive master that showed us to the dressing rooms where our wet suits were waiting. We were then taken to the tank that holds the Aquariums three sharks. After a brief orientation we were put in a cage and lowered into the water. The dive... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the Aquarium. Family friendly. Must see the great Otters. They're quite entertaining by themselves!

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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very nice aquarium. We did the behind the scenes with the penguins which allowed you into the living quarters of the penguins where you could see them up close and touch them. It was fun and informative. However I was surprised that there was no penguin habitat for public viewing. I hope that is in the aquariums... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I believe that the price of the admission is based on location only. The length of the exhibition, the hours of operation and the amount of species does compensate the price of the admission. Is more like a Elementary School field trip.

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Thank Yahaira S
Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the Florida Aquarium! Nice tiki bar and place to watch the kiddos play at a small splash park.

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Portsmouth
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on our way through Tampa as we like aquariums. The guy on the reception desk was very helpful and informative. There is a lot in this aquarium, not only fish, however there were areas which were almost impossible to get to due to the numbers of visitors.

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Evans, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice place. Not very big but a great way to spend a couple of hours just relaxing. Access with the local trolley from downtown Tampa.

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Thank Sabra N
Valrico, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our children are just under 3 and they seemed to really enjoy the aquarium. Coming here from the Chicago area, we are used to the Shedd, but this aquarium is a great size for younger children. It is stroller friendly and has a lot of great viewing opportunities. The splash pad was also a lot of fun. We came in... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We fell in love with this Aquarium and bought a year subscription today.The exhibits were wonderful and the staff informative.

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