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Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of marine life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! While away the hours exploring fascinating exhibits featuring sea turtles, otters, stingrays, sharks and more. Visit more than a dozen themed marine areas, meet the dolphin that inspired the film Dolphin Tale and relax on the beach. This 12-hour excursion includes lunch and round-trip transport from Orlando.


  • Day trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium from Orlando
  • See Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and more
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the animal hospital
  • Encounter the world-famous dolphin that inspired the movie Dolphin Tale!
  • Lunch and pickup and drop-off included from a centralized pick up location

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Kids love meeting Winter, the dolphin who was immortalized in the movie Dolphin Tale and this aquarium's claim to fame. It's also nice that lunch and some beach time are included.

What You Can Expect

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Day Trip from Orlando

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Day Trip from Orlando

Your marine adventure begins with morning pickup from central Orlando. Hop aboard the shuttle and relax for the 1.5-hour ride to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a dedicated rescue and rehabilitation center for distressed animals, as well as an exciting educational attraction.

Upon arrival, head straight into the aquarium for a day of independent touring. Perhaps start with the captivating Shark Pass exhibit. Look down onto Nurse sharks — Thelma and Louise — zipping just beneath your feet! From there, check out sea turtles, river otters and starfish, and maybe even feed a stingray! Visit the Surgical Suite for a look at the workings of an animal hospital, or the Bright House Theater to see fascinating animal rescues caught on tape.

Don’t miss the featured attraction – Winter Zone — home to dolphins Winter and Hope and the filming location the Dolphin Tale movies. Learn Winter's amazing rehabilitation story and check out movie sets and props.

After your aquarium tour, have some lunch (included) and free time on Clearwater Beach. Your shuttle back to Orlando leaves in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Anthony J B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful day, with great weather to go with it. The trip was well organised, and our tour guide and driver, Eric and Dennis? were very helpful.
Would recommend this to anyone.

Catherine J

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Was great to see winter the dolphin, though do bear in mind that the aquarium was built as a hospital for marine animals and not a tourist attraction, so it is very much no frills. Felt that the staff were a bit unfriendly. Clearwater beach is stunning, beach alone is worth the trip.

Susan M

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

greatly enjoyed the aquarium and Clearweater Beach. Bus very hot on trip to Clearwater, but finally someone spoke up to turn up air conditioning and that helped. Driver gave a lot of info on trip. Bus over heated on trip back and pulled in to gas station for unscheduled stop. after some time continued on.

Elizabeth C T

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2014

This tour was WAY overbooked. I don't want my ratings to negatively effect our driver in anyway b/c my husband and I both feel that he did the best he could and tried his hardest to make it right with us along the way. He was great!
Our issue is that the tour was completely overbooked and had excessive stops for pickups. We were picked up at 7:20am (my husband and I, along with our 7 year old son). We didn't reach Clearwater until 11:20am. That is FOUR hours on a bus with no bathroom. Thank goodness our driver made a stop for us before we drove through Tampa. When I booked this trip - I was aware of us being the first pick up and to expect about an hour for a few other pickups. I think there were EIGHT pickups that morning...and with traffic in Orlando on a Monday morning...we didn't even leave Orlando until after 9am. The tour was falsely advertised as a tour for Clearwater Marine Aquarium. No other passengers were going there. We missed two shows that we had anticipated seeing that morning b/c we didn't get to the aquarium to almost noon. We ate lunch at 2pm. and then went to the beach. Thank goodness Clark was willing to help us out with transportation b/c nothing was within walking distance which was also part of the sales pitch of why I booked this trip. I just wish honesty would be advertised. This trip should not be marketed as a family trip. Maybe a trip for older retired people that have 4 hours to spend on a bus to drive 90 minutes away. You do have an asset in your driver, Clark.

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