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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Claim

4.50 / 5

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit working marine animal hospital, We preserve and rescue marine animals (dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, etc.), rehabilitate them from sickness or injury, and release them back into their natural habitats. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is less than one mile inland from Clearwater Beach. Get ready to visit the home of Winter the dolphin and get an immersive look into the world of marine life rescue.

General Admission:

$22.95 – Adult
$17.95 – Kids (ages 3-12)
$20.95 – Senior (ages 60+)

Children 2 & Under – Free!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers work each day to rescue marine life and provide the most advanced and effective care to maximize the opportunity to return sick or injured animals to their homes.The animals that come through our doors arrive because they are suffering from an illness or severe injury. Many of our animals are found by local residents, fishermen, park rangers or even visitors to the area.

Animal Rehabilitation and Return to the Wild : Once an animal arrives at our hospital, a team of experienced CMA staff biologists, veterinarians and volunteers create a rehabilitation plan specifically developed based on its injury or illness, with the goal of returning it to the wild. We also give every animal a name, as they have personalities just like we do. It is often hard to say goodbye to our new friends when they are successfully rehabbed; however, we feel so happy to be able to return them to their homes.

Caring for Resident Animals: Sometimes the injuries are so severe, or the animal is so young, that it would not be in the animal’s best interest to release it back into the wild. CMA works with agencies such as National Marine Fisheries and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to make these decisions. If the animal is unable to be released back into the wild, it becomes a permanent member of the CMA family, and lives here to serve as an ambassador for its species to help us promote environmental conservation.

Inspiring the Human Spirit: We educate and inspire millions of people around the world through films like Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. People relate to the strength it takes to overcome obstacles, as brave animals exemplify that every day. By inviting guests to see firsthand how we care for these animals, we create powerful experiences that can change lives and make a difference.

Education: Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Education Department is dedicated to inspiring guests of all ages to appreciate the marine environment while promoting conservation. We strive to develop an understanding for the irreplaceable value of all life in our world’s ocean. By teaching children and adults the importance of conservation, ecology and stewardship, we believe they will apply this knowledge to make sustainable choices and take an active part in preserving our marine environment.


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  • Address 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
  • Michelle Montgomery

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium is great place to tour with your family and kids, they also help different animals to recover them from various injuries, The staff were knowledgeable and very helpful. Nice to also see the money you donate or give from purchasing a ticket go to actually helping animals.

  • Anthony Moore

    Rating: 5 / 5

    The marine life tour was so unforgettable. What a great experience! Loved it! Giving us that “island” stay was so awesome! Well worth the money. Also all your money goes to help! Will be back for sure.

  • Alex Miller

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Incredible place full of incredible people and inspiring animals. If you find yourself in Clearwater and don’t go spend the day here you’ll regret it the rest of your life. The donation you make here will give you the warm fuzzies.

  • Stacie Brown

    Rating: 3 / 5

    This is a wonderful facility for the rescue, rehab and release of the animals. Great learning opportunities, but not for little ones under 6 or so. Not stroller friendly. Some of the staff was helpful, some not so much. They need to work on communication.

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