Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium featuring a marina
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
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.

Top Hotels Close to Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Beach Hotel
Clearwater Beach Hotel
2 out of 5
504 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
The price is $130 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,816 reviews)
"The hotel is a little dated with some of the interior. It obviously states it’s a 2 star place. That being said the price and location can’t be beat! Staff was great! Beach right across the street! Two great heated pools! You can walk anywhere from there in less than 15 minutes! You can walk up one ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
The price is $269 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,666 reviews)
"Location excellent. Some information to availability for room service and local restaurants would be helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach
Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach
3.5 out of 5
505 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
The price is $185 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,926 reviews)
One night getaway
"We got there early Sunday morning for the boat races and got to check it right away. Great day and great stay as usual. We love the edge"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Clearwater Marine Aquarium

TradeWinds Island Grand
Sunset Vistas Two Bedroom Beachfront Suites
The Westin Sarasota

Popular places to visit


Best Lodging Options Near Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Beach Hotel
Clearwater Beach Hotel
2 out of 5
504 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach
Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach
3.5 out of 5
505 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
4 out of 5
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Pier House 60 Clearwater Beach Marina Hotel
Pier House 60 Clearwater Beach Marina Hotel
3 out of 5
101 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Sandpearl Resort
Sandpearl Resort
4 out of 5
500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Courtyard by Marriott Clearwater Beach Marina
Courtyard by Marriott Clearwater Beach Marina
3 out of 5
455 East Shore Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Opal Sands Resort
Opal Sands Resort
4 out of 5
430 South Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.