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Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

3.5
#2 of 12 in Parks in Clearwater
Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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More than just a marine animal attraction, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured animals. The aquarium opened in 1972 with a mission to educate the public about the importance of animal conservation. The aquarium took over a facility that once housed a local water treatment plant. You can learn about the aquarium's continued efforts to rehabilitate sick and injured animals by visiting its working hospital, which houses river otters, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Get involved and stay in touch with your favorite marine mammal by becoming a friend, protector, or guardian of one of the aquarium's permanent residents. Check online for adoption levels and animals currently in need of financial support. Add Clearwater Marine Aquarium to your Clearwater travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Clearwater trip itinerary maker site.
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium reviews

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  • Made famous by the movies A Dolphin’s Tale 1 & 2, this rescue/rehabilitation facility is graciously maintained and designed for tourists to enjoy and learn about the marine wildlife that reside... 
    Made famous by the movies A Dolphin’s Tale 1 & 2, this rescue/rehabilitation facility is graciously maintained and designed for tourists to enjoy and learn about the marine wildlife that reside...  more »
  • While I recognize it’s a recovery center/rehab center, I’m hard pressed to call this an aquarium. They do have some impressive large animals (like dolphins) but for the price, I was expecting a... 
    While I recognize it’s a recovery center/rehab center, I’m hard pressed to call this an aquarium. They do have some impressive large animals (like dolphins) but for the price, I was expecting a...  more »
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  • Absolutely delightful! It's smaller and easy to get to everything. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The food in the cafe was delicious! Pricey but HUGE REAL GROUND BEEF CHEESEBURGER AND REAL NICE SIZED FRIES. Couldn't finish it. Everything kept clean. Very impressed with temperature check at the door, someone standing in the cafe ready to sanitize the tables as soon as someone left. All employees wore masks. All guests had masks. Six foot distancing were marked and an employee asked to keep distancing. Even the reserved boat ride had X's for people to sit, 6 feet apart and employees wore masks. Definitely want to go again especially with it being a Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rescue Facility!
  • Quite pricey but I understand that's it's a rehab facility more than an actual aquarium, maybe stick with that theme. No real flow for seeing and guiding yourself to be able to see everything. The staff was friendly and able to answer all my daughter's questions about the dolphins and their habitat. In the end my daughter was happy and got to see Winter for a bit. Obviously you will exit through the gift shop!

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