Are you looking for unique things to do while in Clearwater Beach? If so, the Clearwater Aquarium packs a lot into a small area.

Enjoy close-up encounters with rescued sea turtles, otters, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and pelicans.

Don a headset and learn the backstory behind various rescue animals while your kids listen to their own audio tour led by Eco-Ranger Mary.

Not only will you discover a fabulous underwater world, but you’ll also meet memorable sea creatures like Hope the Dolphin.

Check out the daily presentations, or go all out and book an animal care experience or an eco-boat tour.



aerial view of Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL

Photo credit – Clearwater Marine Aquarium

What Makes The Clearwater Marine Aquarium So Cool?

This is a cool place of learning, fun, and inspiration.

You can feel good about the money you spend because 100% of the net proceeds support the aquarium’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine creatures and care for its resident animals.

Stories like Winter’s–a dolphin with a prosthetic tail–will encourage you to approach the challenges in your life with joy and grit.



Where Is The Clearwater Aquarium?

The Clearwater Aquarium is located at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767.

To get to the aquarium from Clearwater Beach, take Causeway Boulevard at the traffic circle.

Continue driving, then turn left onto Island Way. Finally, turn left onto Windward Passage.

Paid parking is available on-site. The rates vary by season.

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Clearwater Aquarium Hours

This aquarium is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, with the last admission 30 minutes before closing.

On select dates, the aquarium is open an extra two hours, from 9 am to 6 pm.

It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, with reduced hours on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.



a big sculpture of a dolphin with painting and letters imprinted inside Clearwater marine Aquarium

Photo credits – Wikimedia

Things To Do At The Clearwater Marine Aquarium

There are plenty of great things to do at the aquarium to make the experience top-notch.

Don’t rush through. Instead, take your time, listen to an audio tour, catch the daily presentations, or go all out with an animal experience.

Take An Audio Tour

Make your visit to the aquarium extra memorable by taking the self-guided audio tour that’s included with admission.

The adult audio tour shares memorable rescue stories about the resident animals.

Kids ages five to twelve will enjoy an adventurous child-friendly version, complete with an original rescue song.

Grab a device at the entrance, or ask for one at Guest Services.

Learn More During The Daily Programs

Every 15-30 minutes, aquarium staff put on a different presentation.

Check the website for the schedule on the day of your visit to enjoy programs such as:

  • Sea Turtle Presentation

  • Resident Dolphin Talk

  • Turtle Talk

  • Testudine Time

  • All About Otters

  • Tail Talk

  • Shark Presentation

  • Turtle Triage Demonstration

Participate In Animal Care Experiences

If you and your kids want a hands-on encounter with the resident animals, check out the following add-on Animal Care Experiences.

  • VIP Dolphin Experience

  • Dolphin Photo Moment

  • Shark Care Experience

  • Feed a Stingray

  • Tortoise Treat Time

  • VIP Pelican Experience

You’ll learn how the staff cares for, feeds, interacts with, and keeps the animals healthy.

Each experience includes a photo of you with the star of the show.

Go On An Eco-Boat Tour

Head into Clearwater Bay on one of the aquarium’s eco-boat tours.

You’ll learn more about the local dolphins, watch field scientists in action, and admire the beauty of area islands.

Available Eco-Boat Tours:

  • Sea Life Safari Tour

  • Dolphin & Wildlife Boat Tour

  • Guided Kayak Tour


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Opt For A Guided Walking Tour

Although the free audio tour is great, a behind-the-scenes tour takes things up a notch.

Learn more about the aquarium and the things needed to keep it running on the following tours:

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

  • Guided Aquarium Tour


Eat At Shark Bites Cafe

Delicious restaurant food awaits at Shark Bites Café. They have amazing cheeseburgers, salads, and flatbreads.

The burger, grilled chicken, and Caesar salad will have you salivating.

Photograph The Sculptures

Cool sculptures made from recycled materials dot the hallways and aquarium spaces.

From jellyfish to otters, these eye-catching works of art add extra interest.



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