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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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Address: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767
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+1 727-441-1790
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Clearwater Marine Aquarium's...

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life.

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Surprising the kiddos on the way to Disney World

My only complaint is that one cannot get close enough to Winter w/o paying extra "experience" fees, etc. I wasn't expecting the world here; but a clear view would have been nice... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2016
Jeremy P
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Clearwater, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Was embarrassed to bring my visiting family here. Was like walking into a flea market. Food court first thing. Kids going crazy. Feed me. Feed me. Displays were okay. Not worth the money,

1 Thank Vicki A
knoxville, tn
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80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

We were recently in Tampa for the UT vs Northwestern game. The only thing my daughter wanted to do was go to the CMA while we were there. It was such a good experience. Now don't go if you think it's gonna be SeaWorld because it's not. They rescue, rehab & release the marine life. We went to see Winter... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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337 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

I'm a native Floridian and have done Sea World several times and feel its a waste of time and money. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium opened up after we moved to Fort Lauderdale 15 years ago. We recently moved back and decided to visit it for the first time today. It is not large like Sea World nor does it have... More 

3 Thank William W
Grande Prairie, Canada
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

This attraction is overcrowded and under prepared for the mass crowds that pile into this out dated facility. The work that they do here from operations on turtles to rehab on all types of marine animals is amazing, that is the only thing that keeps it from a 1 star review. Watch the Movie and live in that fantasy.

Thank Jaks68
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

It's not as big and fancy as other aquariums but has its own style. First it is small .We went to the main place first and finished free seeings soon without even noticing it, tried to have more fun but found out not enough openings left in all other activities, so we took boat to their another building to feed... More 

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

Small place but nice. Get there early they have have speakers and stories about all the marine live they have there. Got there at 10am and was there till 5pm. You get to touch and play and feed stingrays. Great time

Thank Tim l
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

I think a better name for this place would be "Sea life rescue center" or "Rehabilitation center." We were expecting an actual aquarium with tons of fish, sharks and other sea life for our young children. However, one can walk around the whole "aquarium" in 10 minutes, it is very small. One tank with a few fish, 1 shark and... More 

Thank appleseoul1234
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

My only complaint is that one cannot get close enough to Winter w/o paying extra "experience" fees, etc. I wasn't expecting the world here; but a clear view would have been nice. Otherwise, this place is wonderful. A little pricey for what you get, but all in all, its worth it because where else can you see Winter anyways? The... More 

Thank Jeremy P
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125 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Our 8 year old was the main reason for our visit, but we all gained richly from the experience. While most visitors would admit that Winter and Hope are their main reason for visiting the CMA, there's so much more to see and learn. For example, there are some incredibly heart-warming stories, and displays of these, on the humans whose... More 

2 Thank Sophie G
Washington, D.C.
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2016

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a very special place. It is incredibly interesting and fun for a family visit. But it is also a working marine hospital; we saw a family of turtles being treated in the hospital wing when we were there.

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