What to Expect at The Florida Aquarium
Opening in 1995, the Florida Aquarium has been fulfilling their mission by educating and inspiring guests to be good stewards of the natural environment. I first visited the Florida Aquarium in my middle school days and have fond memories of the facility. My sister and her family are members of the aquarium and were kind enough to show our family around.
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Children 0-2 years old can enter the aquarium free of charge.
Individual Tickets can be purchased through Groupon* online for 24.95
Memberships are available starting at $70.00 – $225.00 for one to eight guests.
Location and Parking
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
Parking for non-members is $6.00. If you are a member of the Aquarium, your parking is included.
Can I bring in Food and Snacks?
The aquarium does not allow guest to bring lunch inside. The only exception is food for infants or guests with food allergies or other needs. The full policy can be read on this page of their website.
Know before you go…
The parking for the facility is actually quite a distance to the front door. You will want to plan accordingly and make sure everything you need before entering the aquarium. We forgot to bring our girls swimsuits when we arrived, and my husband had to walk back out to the car to grab them.
Even though the walk is quite far, once inside the stroller became cumbersome and I wished I’d opted for just a baby carrier instead. The Lille baby airflow is my favorite baby carrier for!
The Splash pad at The Florida Aquarium is the best I’d ever seen. Included with the cost of your ticket is access to the Splash Pad. There is plenty of seating areas around for parents to keep an eye on their family. The splash pad does have some shade, but most of the shade covered the playground.
The ground was a very soft and squishy material and almost felt as though it had cooling elements included. Overall, we loved this splash pad and were quite disappointed when the thunderstorm closed the attraction.
Take some time to look around and see what offerings the aquarium has while you are there. We got to participate in a ladybug release and play with the river otters before their feeding.
There are lots of things to do in Tampa. Including Zoo Tampa and the newest section of the zoo, Roaring Springs. Click here for a full review and video of the new attraction!
The question of the day: What is your favorite sea creature?
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