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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767
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Daily 10am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at 2pm, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve at 4pm.
Seasonal hours may apply; check before visiting.

(727) 441-1790


Animal Interactions: Animal interactions and educational programs available. Prices vary; check with guest services or visit

$5 off Your Purchase: Get $5 off when you spend $30 or more in the retail store at CMA.

Advice for Visitors


  • Some exhibits are outdoors and/or exposed to the elements (heat, rain, etc.) Please plan accordingly, and note that outdoor exhibits may be closed in the case of inclement weather.
  • Reserve your animal interactions and educational programs prior to arrival as these sell out quickly. Go to for more information.
  • The typical time spent for a general admission visit to the Aquarium is 2 hours, so take advantage of strolling along Clearwater Beach in the same day, located less than one mile from Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • From Clearwater Beach, the Clearwater Ferry is a great option to get directly to CMA. They have several boat routes each day from the Clearwater Marina that will take you on a short scenic ride across the bay to the dock at CMA.
  • Clearwater Beach is an award-winning beach, having been named the best beach in the U.S. numerous times; it's definitely a must-see when in the Tampa area. With the aquarium located just a few minutes from the beach, the two make a perfect day visit to the Clearwater area!
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.


  • Dining: Shark Bites Cafe
  • Gift Shops: CMA Store

Best time to visit: For smaller crowds and shorter lines, please visit close to opening time or after 3pm.

Accessibility: Wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis; for details and accessibility information, click here.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.