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Travel to see Tampa’s dolphins and other marine wildlife on a 75-minute cruise from the Florida Aquarium into the bustling waters of Tampa Bay. Climb aboard a luxurious 72-foot catamaran and discover Tampa Bay’s fascinating ecosystem. Look for the abundance of wildlife that lives there — bottlenose dolphins, fish, birds, manatees, sea turtles and more — and learn how they thrive in one of the nation’s most diverse seaports, Port Tampa Bay. The use of binoculars on the cruise plus admission to the Florida Aquarium are included.


  • Dolphin cruise from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
  • Board the 72-foot, 130-passenger catamaran and head out on the bay to see these incredible animals
  • Admission to the Florida Aquarium included
  • Tampa Bay is home to over 400 bottlenose dolphins
  • One of the best places in Florida to view birds and an abundance of native fish

What You Can Expect

Dolphin Cruise from The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

Eco Cruise from The Florida Aquarium aboard Bay Spirit II

Hop on board the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot (22-meter), 130-passenger catamaran for a 75-minute eco-cruise to see Tampa Bay’s marine wildlife. Guided by a Florida Aquarium naturalist, this trip will prove to be as educational as it is entertaining.

Travel from the downtown Florida Aquarium into the fascinating ecosystem of Port Tampa Bay and see the abundance of wildlife that calls it home — over 400 bottlenose dolphins, a wide variety of fish and birds, plus manatees, sea turtles and more. Discover how these species survive in one of the most diverse seaports in the United States.

Dolphins are spotted on 85 to 90 percent of the tours, but viewing them is done in a responsible manner. The Florida Aquarium participates in the Dolphin SMART program, which promotes the safe viewing of wild dolphins by not disturbing their natural behaviors or habitat. Keeping a safe distance and abiding by state and federal protection laws allows the dolphins to go about their day feeding, playing, sleeping — even teaching their babies.

There are two restrooms inside the catamaran’s air-conditioned cabin, plus snacks and beverages — including beer and wine — that are available for purchase. The upper deck provides fresh air and a panoramic view during the tour. Bring binoculars to watch the dolphins or choose from the limited supply available on board.

This Florida Aquarium dolphin cruise includes admission to the aquarium itself, with over 20,000 sea creatures, including sharks, otters, alligators and many more.

Customer Reviews

barthsr2 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I highly recommend the FL Aquarium Dolphin Cruise. We saw about 15 dolphins, numerous stingrays, pelicans and seagulls. The tour guide was knowledgeable and obviously enjoys his job. This is a great tour for all ages. We also learned a lot about dolphin and other sea life behavior.

Thomas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful day and the time was perfect for us. We saw a bunch of dolphins and the boat wasn't crowded at all. Great day

Stephenie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a wonderful time. Saw a lot of Dolphins.

Jearel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely a must! So much fun and very educational!

Loraine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Frank H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved every aspect of it. Very friendly and informative crew! Thanks.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Pamela L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was wonderful and we saw 2 pods of dolphine with babies. Very exciting but much to short. Also very informative.

Jozsef I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I personally didn't see dolphins but I was very happy with the crew,Sacia (I hope I spelled her name right)done a great job as a tour guide,providing interesting information about the bay.

leon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

we had such a great time on this cruise - saw a lot of dolphins and the staff was remarkable

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