Why You Need to Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

download our free vacation guide (2)Are you a fan of marine life? What about movies? If you said yes to both of those questions (and even if you didn’t), you have to take a visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium during your trip to the Tampa/Clearwater Beach area. This marine rescue and education center features dolphins from the film Dolphin Tale along with sea turtles, eels, and other amazing sea creatures. Learn more about the area and everything it has to offer from our free Vacation Guide. It’s jam-packed full of great ideas for fun activities, events, and places to eat!


Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium


The Clearwater Marine Aquarium features many great exhibits. The highlight is the Winter Zone which is home to Winter and Hope, the two dolphins starring in Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. For a sneak peek at these two playful mammals, take a look at the Winter Cam and see what they are up to now! After you have gotten your dose of dolphin time, weave your way through Turtle Cave, Shark Pass, Otter Oasis, and Stingray Beach.


In addition to the exhibits, there are daily presentations that range from feedings to educational demonstrations. Get up-close and personal with resident animals during an Animal Experience. Or, take part in a 30-minute shark or dolphin care experience for a chance to feed the animals (admission included). The aquarium also hosts boat and kayak tours, kid’s camps, theater events, and behind the scenes tours of the facilities and operations.


The Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers a unique and fun atmosphere for hosting special events! Whether you are celebrating a birthday, hosting a corporate event, or tying the knot, CMA will help you plan and cater your event.

Tickets and reservations are available online. Check their website for seasonal hours and updates. Go plan your visit today!

Before You Visit

Check out the CMA’s new web series, Rescue-Clearwater, to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of the real-life rescue, rehab, and release mission at the facilities. You can also download their free mobile app to learn more about the CMA on the go!


Stay at The Historic Peninsula Inn for Your Gulfport Vacation!

Wedding TableAn easy, 45-minute drive separates you from a day of fun at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and your comfortable guest room at The Historic Peninsula Inn. You’ll have plenty of room for you and the kids in our two-bedroom Casablanca Suite. This room features a main room with a queen-size bed and a second bedroom with two twin beds. If you’re traveling as a couple, let us help you celebrate your special someone with a romance package or anniversary package.

After a day of exploring beautiful Gulfport and its surrounding areas, stop by our award-winning restaurant, Isabelle’s, for a wonderful dinner and a relaxing evening. Check our availability to plan your visit today!