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Explore and learn about more than 20,000 sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Touch a bamboo shark or a sea star. Discover reef fishes, corals, giant clams, tortoises and more from Florida’s waters and around the world at this Tampa Bay attraction.


  • 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

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with over 20,000 aquatic creatures, including sharks, otters, alligators and many more. Walk along the Wetlands Trail past alligator-infested waters to the river streams where otters play and explore.

Then stroll along the boardwalk and touch a variety of different species of stingrays and sharks at a touch pool called Stingray Beach. Look for white-spotted bamboo sharks, coral catsharks, southern rays and more. See penguins right up close. Check out Ocean Commotion, a colorful exhibit with thousands of sardines, a big red octopus, and more. And don’t forget to check out the outdoor water fun zone for children called Explore a Shore. Check out the one-of-a-kind view at the Coral Reef Gallery, one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world.


"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.

Penguin Promenade
Black Footed African Penguins have waddled their way to the Aquarium. The two siblings will appear in the lobby everyday at 10am and 3pm.

Journey to Madagascar
The country of Madagascar is known as a biodiversity hotspot; this gallery will take you through the wildlife and landscapes of the world's fourth largest island, where you will see ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches, chameleons and an Indian Ocean coral reef.

Wetlands Gallery
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
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.

No BoneZone
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.

Customer Reviews

Cecile M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Experience was very positive and informative..both adults and children enjoyed.

Kimberley A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was wonderful, Grand kids loved it and so did we. A place to see.

Alex H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Never seen such an amount of different animals in one complex ! Awesome Aquarium ! Clean and perfect tour round everything ! Highly recommended !!


4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Never knew there were so many fish in the world. Your visit here makes Sea World redundant. I was impressed with the size of the aquarium as I assumed Tampa would not have such a good facility.

Barbara S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Our guest enjoyed the marine exhibits and the day was very enjoyable. I know from previous visits with grandchildren that the aquarium is a very good day of learning and enjoyment.

Mehdi K United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended November 2008

Sea world has a great underwater aquarium and this is a little far if you're staying in Orlando. But it's nice and cheap if you're after a day out.


4 star rating: Recommended October 2008

The Aquarium was wonderful, clean and not overcrowded.

Sondra H

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

The Aquarium was fun. Was quite crowded, but everyone kept moving. Wasn't as nice as the one in NC we went to several years back, but glad we went

Christian K

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

Not as small as SeaLife Hannover/Germany but worth a trip to do. Don't forget to looks around the harbour area where the Aquarium has been built in. A good example for the new usage of old industrial waste land.

Arthur B

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

I loved the aquarium, especially the water park. ..I wish there were more activities than the waste spots though. Maybe a slide upgrade.

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