The Florida Aquarium, located in Tampa, provides the ideal chance to get up close to Florida’s aquatic animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world. And, you can feel good about it whilst you are learning as The Florida Aquarium is strenuously working to protect and restore the blue planet on many conservation fronts. That includes research and rescue efforts that have helped restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations
Our oceans and seas are under threat from many complex issues….pollution, climate change, overfishing….to name a few. The Florida Aquarium is doing its part in Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The aquarium’s Animal Response Team works to protect endangered marine life, and restore animal species and their habitats
The Florida Aquarium focuses on three animals which play huge roles in Florida’s waters:
Sea turtles - because they are barometers of marine health
Sharks - because they are essential top-down managers of marine ecosystems
Coral - because they are building blocks of marine habitats and oxygen-giving marine organisms
The Florida Aquarium also rescues injured birds, supports swallow-tailed kite population research and is involved in conservation programs for threatened and endangered animals within their collection including penguins and lemurs.
The Florida Aquarium experience takes you on an aqua journey, starting with just one drop of water from one of Florida's many freshwater springs, all the way to the open waters of the Florida Keys. Simulated wetlands, shallow bays and beaches and a coral reef ecosystem are part of a 500,000 gallon natural seawater display. Mooch through the exhibits and displays at your own speed.
Curious about how the aquarium takes care of the animals and plants and how they keep the water so clean and clear? What the animals eat and how their meals are prepared? If so, consider a behind-the-scenes tour or get even closer to the animals with a swim or dive experience.
There is also a 4-D theatre and Splash Pad – outdoor water playground, so plan to spend the day!
Now you can buy one ticket and gain access to TWO terrific Tampa attractions - The Florida Aquarium + ZooTampa - Lowry Park . Hands down, two of the best animal encounters in Florida - one easy ticket. Year after year, Zoo Tampa - Lowry Park receives awards and accolades as it strives to educate, preserve and conserve. One of the best of it's kind in the USA - and yes, we've been - many times!