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Your visit to Tampa Bay isn't complete without exploring the one Bay Area attraction that opens a window to the side of Florida that few ever get to see. The Florida Aquarium offers a dramatic and unique look at all that swims, floats, preys,and crawls in and around Florida waters and beyond.
- The Florida Aquarium is located in downtown Tampa
- See thousands of sea animals and plants
- Hands-on experience with live sharks and rays in a 5,000 gallon touch pool
- Enjoy live animal encounters, and a complete program schedule daily
What You Can Expect
"Explore A Shore"
Explore A Shore is 2.2 acre aquatic discovery zone for kids. Kids can climb on aquatic animal models, climb aboard a two-story pirate ship, slide down a waterslide, play in water jet sprays and watch live animal programs while socializing with family and friends. Best of all - it's free with regular admission!
- Join the crew aboard the two story, 24-foot Pirate Ship and shoot water cannons at your friends across the plank. Climb across the cargo net to the ships main deck and look through the telescope for a manatee, dolphin, shark and a shipwreck. Take the helm and follow the map to the buried treasure.
- Climb up the 10-foot Eel Reef Rock structure. Discover coral caves while playing on ladders, cargo nets and slide through tunnels while misters spray around a giant eel's head.
- Crawl through an eight-foot by four-foot wave in the Surf's Up Wave Tunnel. Ride the dolphin model or surfboard.
- Play in the jet sprays to the soothing sounds of tumbling water in the cascade fountains.
- Climb into the crocodile's mouth, ride a sea turtle and devil ray at Shipwreck Shore for toddlers. Sit in a six-foot sea horse daddy's lap and walk on the moray balance beam.
- The Tampa Tribune Caribbean Cantina provides an area for parents to enjoy refreshments, relax and watch their children play.
Black Footed African Penguins have waddled their way to the Aquarium. The two siblings will appear in the lobby everyday at 10am and 3pm.
Come see a spectacular new exhibit featuring 21 stunning tropical freshwater and saltwater home aquariums.
Your adventure begins under a spectacular glass dome, home to freshwater fish, free flying birds, playful river otters, Florida alligators, and a host of other inhabitants of Florida's wetlands. Climb a giant staircase to the towering mezzanine of the Wetlands Lookout for a bird's eye view of the entire gallery below.
Bays and Beaches Gallery
Maybe you've been to Florida's beaches, but do you ever wonder what's lurking below the surface? Take a walk under a bridge, stroll by the beach, and encounter seahorses, stingrays and spiny lobsters without ever getting wet. You'll see the life of Florida bays and shorelines upclose and in awe-inspiring detail.
Coral Reefs Gallery
Plunge into the awesome underwater world of a 60-foot dive for a one-of-a-kind look at a coral grotto. From clouds of colorful fish swimming in unison, to green moray eels hiding in dark crevices, it's a constantly moving parade of life.
Sea Hunt includes sharks, as well as seldom-seen hunters like the giant Pacific octopus, cuttlefish - whos colors change with their moods and some very bizarre hunters, like the frogfish and wolf eels. Also on display are the beautiful hunters - the lionfish and the butterflyfish. Armed with different strategies, all these hunters are equipped to seek and capture prey in one of the most demanding environments on earth, the ocean.
This unique 1,200 square-foot presentation is the Aquarium's first focus on invertebrates (animals without backbones). No BoneZone is especially designed for the younger marine enthusiast, with low tanks and plenty of hands-on opportunities.