249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL | Directions 3376727.977566 -82.818743
M-Su 9am-6pm (Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve close at 2 pm, Christmas Day Closed, New Year's Eve close at 4 pm)
Neighborhoods: Island Estate
They have a special dolphin there named Winter. Get inspired by our marine environment and learn.
educational afternoon – Not Seaworld by any measure, but a nice hour or two looking at the sea animals. Volunteers are dedicated and kind. It's all for a good cause and I try to overlook the minor shortcomings based on the fact that it is a rescue place first. Plus the work with Winter is amazing.
not for children under 6 – We took my 3 year old there, thinking it would be a great experience. The shows all started late (try keeping a 3 year old occupied), the trainers spent more time talking than showing the animals, and there was NO control over the school groups that were visiting.
My Daughter had a great seat for the Dolphin show and ended up being trampled by the unsupervised school group that came in. Because the trainer took so much time talking and not giving a Dolphin show, we just left. It wasn't worth the hassle.
If you like a lot of talk and not a lot of show - go here.
This is our 3rd visit here in 3 years, it was never this bad before.
Thrust an arm into a tank of stingrays and starfish or get in over your head and snorkel with scientists studying sea creatures. – The Scene
The aquarium combines entertaining looks at loggerhead sea turtles, sharks and river otters with on-the-water excursions to make marine biology fun. Meet residents like Sunset Sam, a paintbrush-wielding bottle-nosed dolphin, who came here crippled and can't survive in the wild. Other creatures recovering from injuries and illness remain here until healthy.
Need to Know
Outdoor options include twice-a-day Sea Life Safaris that put you on board with a biologist to net marine specimens for fascinating looks. The cost--$13.95 for adults and $9 for ages 3 to 12--covers aquarium admission plus the cruise. Half-day kayak trips, custom-designed outings and four-day water-oriented adventures create interesting encounters with local wildlife. You could even be part of an actual animal rescue operation. Adventure outings start at $35 per person; most require reservations.
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