Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

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More than just a marine animal attraction, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured animals. The aquarium opened in 1972 with a mission to educate the public about the importance of animal conservation. The aquarium took over a facility that once housed a local water treatment plant. You can learn about the aquarium's continued efforts to rehabilitate sick and injured animals by visiting its working hospital, which houses river otters, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Get involved and stay in touch with your favorite marine mammal by becoming a friend, protector, or guardian of one of the aquarium's permanent residents. Check online for adoption levels and animals currently in need of financial support. Arrange your visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and discover more family-friendly attractions in Clearwater using our Clearwater family vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is an absolute must to see if you are visiting the area, or if you live here and have never gone!! It's so interesting to learn about the work they do with helping all the sea creatures and then ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Good day, family water to see the stars of Dolphin Tale, the place is small and what you watched on the film is it, for me the place needs all the help it can gets finds wise, there doing their beat b...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We were two adults and two children, one a year that does not pay and another 4. We paid almost $70 for an aquarium that the only attraction is winter the dolphin. 20 minutes iterates through all and I believe that so much time. I thought it was too expensive for what it offers. I not come back anymore and suggest who intend to abstain and use those dollars into something else.
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  • June 17, 2017
    It's amazing! I go here a lot and I would recommend it to a lot of people. The gift shop and tickets may be expensive but that's because they have to pay to keep the business alive and to keep the animals alive. The staff is also amazing! They are so helpful. Again, I would recommend it for everyone. Wouldn't you agree?
  • July 5, 2017
    It's a marine hospital that visitors can come observe. My girls and husband and I loved it. We could have spent all day here but had to get on the road home. We of course went to see Winter and Hope and loved the sea turtles and otters too. Super friendly staff and volunteers. Next time we will schedule more time!
  • May 27, 2017
    The staff is so passionate and friendly. The animals all seem happy which is nice to see. Things are a bit pricey but its all going to a great cause. Even the short shows have a lot of interaction and fun packed in. There is a trolley that takes you to both locations which is fun. I recommend the dolphin show and feeding the puffer fish!
  • July 4, 2017
    I had a behind scenes tour from David Yates. This wildlife rehab is one of the best facilities I have ever seen. They are saving so many lives. I myself run a wildlife rehab and we all get NO State or Government funding. So, partly you're paying for the rehabilitation of our native sea life that has been virtually destroyed by us humans! I'm all for not getting to close to Hope and Winter. They need only their trainers. It stresses them out seeing strangers in their space. In the wild they can just swim away, in a tank they can not. I have seen the new project that is being built for them and it is huge. We are all trying our best to save the wildlife and putting facilities like this one down that trying so hard is just not right! They do not do shows or stress out the animals like SeaWorld!! David Yates does not believe in catching healthy animals and putting them on display in tanks for the public. The animals he has there would not survive on their own in the wild.
  • June 14, 2017
    I want to start this off by saying, my rating is based on this being more a marine hospital than an aquarium. If you come in with that expectation you will have a much better time. My kids really enjoyed seeing Winter and hope and being able to learn so much about them and other animals. They have many different learning opportunities for all of their residents. We also took one of the boat tours which allowed us to see wild dolphins and help the staff with scientific research. I would recommend doing one of those along with your visit.

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