Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

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. Add Clearwater Marine Aquarium to your Clearwater travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Clearwater trip itinerary maker site .
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  • This aquarium is less frill than others but when you consider the work done here, you realize the money is being spent in the right way. There are fewer exhibits than other aquariums and far more educ...  more »
  • It's not very big. Its main attraction is Winter, a female dolphin rescued from fishermen's nets that, wanting to escape, suffered the loss of its tail.
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  • This is not an nice, roomy aquarium. Limited variety of rescue animal in open air pools. No clear schedule of events. Docents did not engage us. You can tour this place in 25 minutes. The only thing t...  more »
  • We spent a wonderful day at Clearwater Aquarium. We booked a safari boat trip that was canceled due to high winds and rescheduled for later in the day. Anna was incredibly helpful. She went way above and beyond to make sure that we were able to experience the trip. We had a photo with a dolphin scheduled for around the same time and she personally escorted us from the photo to the boat to make sure we made it. She was knowledgeable and also answered all of our questions about the animals. We had a Behind the Scenes tour with Ray and he was personable and fun. The Safari trip was beautiful and we had a nice boat ride. I love the work that they are doing here. We have been three times and make a point to book our Florida vacations close enough to spend a day here. You’ll spend some money on the various photos and tours, but it is for a very worthwhile cause.
  • Our recent visit to Clear water marine aquarium was a delightful trip that filled up about 2 hours of our day. We went from about 2pm to 4 pm and that was more than enough time to see all the shows and educational seminars. They push the Dolphin Tale movies pretty hard, almost to a point that you forget they are a working marine life rescue center. The facility is very clean and is currently going through a large remodel to start to accommodate for turtles, birds, and other sea life negatively impacted by humans. Knowing what we know now, we would have gone during the reduced rate time from 4 to 8 pm.
  • Boat tour with Morgan was the highlight, very knowledgeable must do if going to aquarium. Plenty of volunteers and staff and all were helpful. Can't wait to come back when expansion is complete. Love the mission and rescue aspect! Even though all for good cause prices in gift shop high on top of entry price.
  • Had a fantastic time here with my family. We did a dolphin tour, Taylor was our guide and she was great very knowledgeable and you know she cares a lot about the marine life. Not that was pushy about anything. She was professional and knowledgeable about a lot of things. We did see dolphins on our tour my girls had a terrific day. If you get a chance go see Nicholas the dolphin he is very fun to watch. The stingray touch tank was cool, they actually swim up to you and let you touch them. At the end of the day Whitney was the presenter for the stingrays. She is a young woman who despite your young looks is a very knowledgeable person. She didn't pretend to know facts about the stingrays if she new she would tell you and she didn't she had no problem finding the facts so she didn't tell you the wrong thing. Overall had a great experience buy a sweatshirt or a souvinier ALL proceeds go to help running the rescue center. Keep up the good work guys...
  • This place is awesome! Must see if you are near Clearwater. Staff are very knowledgeable, we learned so much. Great experience for our family. I think what they do here is amazing not only for the animals they rescue, but also for special guests. Take the boat tour. Very educational and we saw dolphins and a sea turtle. Hope to come back to see the expansion complete.
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