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Florida Aquarium, Tampa

Orlando, FL
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Florida Aquarium, Tampa, Orlando FL

Description

Florida Aquarium will fill you with joy! There are so many wonderful animals to see there! And the overall layout is very attractive and appealing. This aquarium is almost as nice as Monterey Aquarium in California.
Kids will also go wild when they see the outdoor splash pad outside which is included in your admission. Here they will find manatee and dolphin sculptures to climb on, a giant sea monster to shoot with water guns, a surfboard to ride inside a wave, a sand pit, and a pirate-ship splash playground.
Inside the aquarium there is a lovely mangrove section with clear water and mangrove trees that arch over your head. It feels like you're outdoors because of all the natural light but really you're in the cool AC! What a beautiful place! You can see the lovely smiles of sting rays as they glide up the glass, an alligator with his funny grin, ruddy ducks bobbing along, a giant python that looks you right in the eye, catfish that stare blankly ahead, and upside-down jellies and hermit crabs. A few pretty birds nest in the trees above you.
In the other sections of the museum are tanks that introduce you to some animals you've never seen before, wild and strange. There's the Batfish- what a weird creature! The Caribbean lobster greets you with his spiky legs. The toadfish gives you a good laugh in his oystery home. You think twice about snorkeling when you see the Spotted Moray Eel. And the Goliath Grouper- well words can't describe him!
Some things are always lovely to see, such as seahorses. This aquarium has pygmy seahorses that are tiny as can be. Moon jellies, as well as comb jellies with their flickering rainbow lights, are a delight, as is the giant octopus with his suction cups.
There are also lemurs. And there's a tropical reef section with beautiful corals. Here you can sit on comfy wooden rocking chairs and watch in a leisurely way as the fish swim about- this is a great idea! Other exhibits have soft seating in front of them where you can stay a while and enjoy. Each exhibit is so beautiful, like the one with the giant barrel sponge.
Florida Aquarium is located in Channelside, a nautical development where the cruise ships dock. There is a surf shop, ice cream shop, chocolate shop, restaurants such as Hooters, a Greek restaurant, and other bars and bistros, and the American Victory Ship museum inside a huge grey warship.

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Florida Softshell Turtle and Longnose Gar fish.
Florida Softshell Turtle and Longnose Gar fish.
Ruddy Duck.
Ruddy Duck.
A mother and three kids check out the Atlantic stingrays in the mangrove area.
A mother and three kids check out the Atlantic stingrays in the mangrove area.
An Atlantic stingray in the beautiful mangrove area.
An Atlantic stingray in the beautiful mangrove area.
A man checks out the Redfish, a sport fish that spends its early years in sheltered mangroves.
A man checks out the Redfish, a sport fish that spends its early years in sheltered mangroves.
The mangrove tunnel- I love this part of the aquarium!
The mangrove tunnel- I love this part of the aquarium!
A big, cute bird up above you in a nest!
A big, cute bird up above you in a nest!
Fish that were born at the aquarium!
Fish that were born at the aquarium!
Stingrays are so lovable when you see their faces!
Stingrays are so lovable when you see their faces!
Lovely tropical tank.
Lovely tropical tank.
Caribbean spiny lobster. Such a funny-looking guy!
Caribbean spiny lobster. Such a funny-looking guy!
Mother and baby toadfish in a pretty exhibit tank of oysters.
Mother and baby toadfish in a pretty exhibit tank of oysters.
Spotted moray eel!
Spotted moray eel!
Looking down at the mangrove area.
Looking down at the mangrove area.
Ring-tailed lemurs in the Madagascar area.
Ring-tailed lemurs in the Madagascar area.
Fish on a tropical reef.
Fish on a tropical reef.
Children enjoy watching the scuba divers swim with sharks!
Children enjoy watching the scuba divers swim with sharks!
Yellow seahorses in a beautiful exhibit.
Yellow seahorses in a beautiful exhibit.
A little girl looks at seahorses.
A little girl looks at seahorses.
A seahorse grips on to kelp.
A seahorse grips on to kelp.
Glowing sealife in the dark area of the aquarium.
Glowing sealife in the dark area of the aquarium.
Outdoor splash park at the aquarium.
Outdoor splash park at the aquarium.
Sand pit.
Sand pit.
Children love to squirt the giant sea monsters with water guns.
Children love to squirt the giant sea monsters with water guns.
Kids can climb on a manatee, shark, dolphin, or giant fish at the splash area.
Kids can climb on a manatee, shark, dolphin, or giant fish at the splash area.
   

Directions

Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa FL 33602, call (813) 273-4000.
Open daily 9:30-5. 
Admission is $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, $19 for children aged 3-12.
You can park in the parking structure for Channelside- the cost is $6 or $2 if you get your parking validated at a shop or restaurant.

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Shirley
04/16/2015 11:16
LOVE IT BEST AQUARIUM

Last Updated Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:57:34 GMT