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The Florida Aquarium, Tampa

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#1 of 19 in Parks in Tampa
Delve into the wonders of the underwater world at The Florida Aquarium. Situated in the Channel District of historic Tampa, the aquarium features a collection of more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals, as well as an outdoor water park and several interactive exhibits. Wander past alligator swamps and 4.3 m (14 ft) long Burmese pythons in the simulated wetlands exhibit, or head out on the open water on a wild dolphin viewing expedition aboard the aquarium’s 22 m (72 ft) catamaran. Don’t miss a chance to swim with the fish through the guest dive program. Catch a city bus to the aquarium to avoid paying to park. Put The Florida Aquarium into our Tampa trip builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tampa.
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  • It was a great experience. a nice place to go out for a walk and enjoy the views. The dolphins were the highlight of it all.  more »
  • Spent the day here and enjoyed it. The shows were very educational and fun to watch. Loved all the fish and sharks, also the seahorses. We liked this aquarium better than the National one in Springfie...  more »
  • This place was very cool - and big, we where there for over 3 hours, and enjoyed every minute of it. Our family was picked for the SuperHero show - and that was fun seeing the divers in the tank. Shar...  more »
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  • This place was pretty cool. We managed to see entire place in about three hours and there was a lot to look at. They also have a backstage pass to see and interact with the penguins that I highly recommend. It's a little pricey but considering the cost involved with keeping them happy, well and fed I think it's worth it. I didn't have time to go on the dolphin watching experience though. Next time I am there I will absolutely make a point to do it.
  • Best aquarium I've ever been to by far! They even have other non aquatic exhibits. My daughter loves it and its so worth the money. Highly recommend! They also do personal events and weddings. 5 stars all around!
  • We loved our visit. The employees are knowledgeable and polite and make an excellent attempt at getting you in and out of the cafe quickly. We were not disappointed. We hoped to see more dolphins on the cruise but we saw some and you can't control the dolphins. Bring coins for the lockers! You'll thank yourself for the opportunity to relax and enjoy what you do without worrying about your items being lost or forgotten. The air was a bit pungent as expected, for someone with any breathing issues it might be a bit of a challenge.
  • A fun place to bring the family and see a bunch of cool exhibits. The aquarium has a very hands on feel where the birds fly around you and the fish splash water as you walk by. Even the lemur exhibit was really cool to see them hanging out. For a more relaxing time, I'd head to their largest fish tank. I saw people snorkling with the fishes and even two big sharks. Be sure to buy your tickets online before hand to skip the line and save some money. I had a great time!
  • My wife and I dove the Florida Aquarium and wow was is awesome!! The sand sharks look menacing that close up but the sea turtle actually runs the tank. This is a very nice Aquarium with an attentive staff that will educate anyone interested on the aquatic life found in the Tampa Bay and greater Florida area. The location is beautiful with views of Ybor Turning Basin and at times, large cruise ships preparing to embark. Like most attractions the food can be pricey but there are other dining choices nearby.

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