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Located on the southeastern edge of downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium houses a massive collection of marine life — 20,000 animal and plant life, by the last count. Past visitors said it'll take you at least three hours to make your way through the maze of stingrays, moray eels and sea turtles that live here, but there's a good chance your children will tire of the outing before then. Our shortcut advice involves a swing by the shark tanks, the African penguins and the polar bears especially. Travelers also recommend a stop by the Wetlands Trail exhibit, which includes alligators, otters and Burmese Pythons. Young kids are sure to enjoy the "Explore A Shore" exhibit, a 2-acre outdoor zone that includes a waterslide and geysers for youngsters to play in.
Tampa's aquarium is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you buy your tickets online, adult admission costs $21.95; tickets for seniors cost $19.95; kids ages 3 to 11 get in for $17.95; admission for children younger than 2 is waived. If you plan on buying your tickets at the door, expect to tack on an extra dollar for senior and children admission and $2 per adult ticket. Planning to visit more than one of Tampa's top attractions? Consider investing in a CityPASS. For $99, you'll have access to the aquarium, Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo, among other attractions. Parking costs $6 per day. For more information on exhibits, events, camps and more, visit the Florida Aquarium's website.
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