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When arriving at Port Tampa Bay, explore and learn about more than 20,000 sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Touch a bamboo shark at Stingray Beach or a sea star in the No Bone Zone. In the Journey to Madagascar exhibit, discover the ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches and colorful chameleons, plus reef fishes, corals, giant clams, tortoises and more. And don’t forget to check out the two-acre, outdoor water fun zone for children called Explore-A-Shore. It’s all in a day’s play at the Florida Aquarium.

Highlights

  • Tampa Bay shore excursion to the Florida Aquarium
  • See thousands of sea animals and plants
  • Hands-on experience with sharks and sting rays in a 5,000-gallon (18,927-liter) touch pool
  • Enjoy live animal encounters with a complete daily program schedule

What You Can Expect

Tampa Shore Excursion: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

Tampa Shore Excursion: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

After arriving at Port Tampa Bay, visit the 250,000-square-foot Florida Aquarium, one of the top aquariums in the country with over 20,000 sea creatures, including sharks, otters, alligators and much more. 

Visit a variety of exhibits, like the Wetlands Trail. Follow the wooden signs along this state park trail, past alligator-infested waters to the river streams where otters play and explore. In the Journey to Madagascar exhibit, discover ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches and colorful chameleons, plus reef fishes, corals, giant clams, tortoises and more. 

Then stroll along the boardwalk and touch a variety of different species of stingrays and sharks at a 5,000-gallon touch pool called Stingray Beach. Look for white-spotted bamboo sharks, coral catsharks, southern rays and more. And don’t forget to check out the two-acre, outdoor water fun zone for children called Explore-A-Shore.

Want to go scuba diving without getting wet? Check out the one-of-a-kind view at the Coral Reef Gallery, one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world. It simulates a 60-foot dive starting in shallow-water reefs and descending into deeper waters — 100 species in a 500-gallon tank. This is a habitat normally only explored by experienced divers.

Be entertained, be educated and be inspired by this beautiful Tampa Bay aquarium.

Please note: This excursion is located within a 10-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in the Tampa Port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Customer Reviews

Paul U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The aquarium is a great place to visit and get real close to some of the interesting creatures we share this planet with. You can expect to see birds flying right by you and pet sting rays without their stingers. There are aligators, jellyfish, sharks, and all kinds of fish. The staff was friendly and informative too.

Donna A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2012

Thought it pricey for what we saw. Probably would not go back again.

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