Discover the Ocean at The Florida Aquarium
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Immerse yourself in one of the top family-friendly aquariums in the county with interactive programs like "Swim with the Fishes" and "Dive with the Sharks" or take a peak behind the scenes with a shark feeding or penguin encounter at The Florida Aquarium.
"Experience the aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the world.
With more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world!" ~ www.flaquarium.org
Daily Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Please no outside food or drink.
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
The Florida Aquarium tells Florida's unique water story as it follows a "drop" of water from its underground source to the open sea. Begin your journey in Wetlands with free-flighted birds, alligators and river otters!
Bays and Beaches
Discover more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals both native to Florida and from around the world! In Bays and Beaches discover the wonderful world of aquatic animals that live as our neighbors in Tampa Bay and along our shores.
Immerse yourself in interactive programs like ‘Swim With The Fishes' and ‘Dive With The Sharks' where coming face to face with a 200-pound Goliath Grouper is common place. And forget the acrylic windows! Get up close and personal with African Black-footed penguins in the ‘no borders, no barriers' Penguin Promenade daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Finally, our newest gallery, Ocean Commotion, gives you a close encounter with some of the most amazing animals found in our oceans. Meet Raldo, our intrepid reporter in the sea, as he interviews the six animated characters nominated for the coveted Golden Gill Award. Shark Bay has five different species of sharks from around the world and we even let our guests get in the tank (Dive with the Sharks is for certified SCUBA divers age 15 and older -- see Guest Services). Around the corner find rhinopia, clown fish and an octopus!
The Florida Aquarium focuses on the aquatic habitats and ecosystems of Florida and around the world. The diversity of the state's aquatic life is displayed in this facility, which is not only an aquarium, but also an aviary and botanical garden." ~ www.flaquarium.org
Immerse yourself in the countless other fun things to do in Tampa Bay when you stay at The Westin Tampa Bay!