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701 Channelside Dr.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Located on the southeastern edge of downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium houses a massive collection of marine life – 14,000 animals, 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. Travelers say the touch tanks and the jellyfish exhibits were among their favorites. Young kids are sure to enjoy the Splash Pad area, a 2-acre outdoor area that includes geysers, dump buckets and spray zones for little ones (don't forget to pack a towel!).

Recent visitors were pleased with their trip to the aquarium, but they do lament the high ticket prices. Others enjoyed the focus on Florida wildlife and recommend a stop here when you need a break from the heat.  

Tampa's aquarium is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The aquarium has what it calls "plan-ahead pricing," which allows travelers to visit on a date and time and a price that works for them. Ticket prices fluctuate depending on a number of factors, such as day of the week, weather and holidays. In general, expect to pay between $27 and $32 for an adult ticket. Planning to visit more than one of Tampa's top attractions? Consider investing in a CityPASS. For $109, you'll have access to the aquarium, Busch Gardens and the ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 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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