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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Bring your kids for a behind-the-scenes look at the Dolphin Tale movies and marvel at the marine creatures who played the parts.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a spectacular center for sea life, with a focus on rescue and rehabilitation. It contains a range of exhibits for marine creatures, many of which have injuries preventing their return to the wild. Learn about the ecosystems and threats to these majestic animals at this fun and educational institute. 

Access the famous Winter Zone to see the bottlenose dolphins Winter and Hope. Winter starred in the Dolphin Tale movies, which were filmed here. Learn how Winter inspires people who have life-changing injuries. She was caught in a crab trap line and lost her tail, but today flourishes with a prosthetic replacement.

Stroll down Shipwreck Alley with your kids for the underwater dolphin viewing tunnel. Watch rehabilitated sea turtles swimming in the Mavis’ Rescue Hideaway, which also has red fish, tarpon and hogfish. The star turtle from Dolphin Tale 2 resides here. Visit Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure for the props and images that reveal behind-the-scenes information on the making of the movie.

The exhibits are constantly changing, as new animals are rescued and others move on. Make your way to the Stranding Deck to see animals that are quarantined from the rest. Watch presentations about the current creatures residing here. Let your children caress the stingrays in the touch pool. 

Go to the Sea Cavern for the tanks full of regional marine animals, such as sea urchins, crabs and sea stars. Marvel at the nurse sharks, Thelma and Louise. Other animals in the aquarium include otters, pelicans and turtles. 

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is on the Island Estates landmass off the western coast of Clearwater, in western Florida. Take the Jolley Trolley or the Clearwater Ferry or drive to the site. Pay a fee to leave your car in the parking garage. There is a fee to access the aquarium, which is open daily from morning until late afternoon. Visit nearby attractions, such as Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island State Park and Honeymoon Island State Park.

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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach $212
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa $178
    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

    301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Clearwater Beach, this beachfront resort is in a shopping district and within a 5-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa $159
      Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

      Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

      400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pier 60 Park, Clearwater Municipal Marina, and Beach Walk. Captain Blighs Landing and Clearwater Marine Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Seaside Inn & Suites $69
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        Seaside Inn & Suites

        401 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Pier House 60 Clearwater Beach Marina Hotel $137
          Pier House 60 Clearwater Beach Marina Hotel

          Pier House 60 Clearwater Beach Marina Hotel

          101 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Clearwater Beach, this hotel is steps from Pier 60 Park and Beach Walk. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Sandpearl Resort $188
            Sandpearl Resort

            Sandpearl Resort

            500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pier 60 Park and Beach Walk. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Opal Sands Resort $207
              Opal Sands Resort

              Opal Sands Resort

              430 South Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach resort is within a 10-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach $132
                Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach

                Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach

                505 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Captain Blighs Landing and Beach Walk. Pier 60 Park and Sand Key Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).