Experiences at Florida Aquarium

By Harshitha Jagathiesh

Florida Aquarium welcomes all visitors to embark on an aquatic adventure. 

With interactive exhibits, mesmerizing sea life, and a range of unforgettable experiences, guests are in for a treat. 

From thrilling wild dolphin cruises to up-close encounters with playful penguins, there are a lot of exciting activities for everyone. 

Here are some of the must-try experiences at Florida Aquarium

Wild Dolphin Cruise

Wild Dolphin Cruise
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Embark on an adventure along Tampa Bay’s waters aboard our 72-foot catamaran, the Bay Spirit II.

The Wild Dolphin Cruise at the Florida Aquarium offers a compelling reason to visit, allowing guests to witness the abundant wildlife thriving in Port Tampa Bay. 

From bottlenose dolphins and fish to birds, manatees, and sea turtles, the cruise provides an opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. 

An experienced guide will accompany you on this Wild Dolphin Cruise. 

With the help of your guide, you can spot bottlenose dolphins, native bird species, and more. 

The launch point for the Wild Dolphin Cruise is located near The Splash Pad on the Outdoor Plaza. 

Please be aware that the Bay Spirit II has limited accessibility for mobility devices.


Experience an extraordinary aquatic adventure with SeaTREK, a guided underwater walking tour.

Designed for non-divers aged 10 and older, participants delve into the 15-foot-deep Heart of the Sea habitat. 

The visitors can explore a vibrant array of fish, spotted eagle rays, bonnethead sharks, and a majestic loggerhead sea turtle. 

Even those less acquainted with water can revel in the wonders of the aquatic world, as swimming is not required. 

Lasting approximately one hour, the SeaTREK experience begins with a thorough training and safety debrief, followed by 20 captivating minutes underwater. 

Accompanied by certified SeaTREK guides, participants can feel confident in their safety and enjoyment. 

Penguins Backstage Pass

The Penguins Backstage Pass offers a delightful thirty-minute encounter with these adorable creatures. 

Accompanied by knowledgeable biologists, guests learn about the penguins’ feeding habits and explore their surroundings within the aquarium. 

They even witness the penguin showcasing his impressive swimming skills. 

Surprisingly, these penguins don’t slide on their bellies since they are “warm weather” penguins. 

The program lasts approximately 30 minutes and is available twice daily at 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

Corona Cove

Corona Cove
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Introducing the new waterfront bar at the Florida Aquarium, “Corona Cove.” 

This outdoor bar offers aquarium guests a chance to enjoy scenic views while indulging in their favorite beverages. 

The bar operates from 9.30 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. 

So, come and unwind at Corona Cove!

Cafe Ray

In a commitment to providing exceptional dining experiences, the Florida Aquarium has partnered with the renowned sustainability-focused SSA Group. 

They have transformed Café Ray’s food service offerings with delectable new menu items. 

The menu now boasts an array of options for non-vegetarians, vegetarians, and all palates in between. 

Guests can indulge in mouthwatering selections such as chimichurri fries, loaded street tray nachos, salads, bowls, sandwiches, and more. 

Visitors can explore the exciting flavors at Café Ray!

Florida Aquarium tickets 

Here are the best Florida Aquarium tickets for all visitors who wish to enjoy the marine beauty in Tampa. 

Entry ticket: This is the simplest ticket option that provides skip the line access to the Aquarium. 

Combo Tickets: Combo tickets offer entry to Florida Aquarium and another Florida attraction at discounted prices. You can visit Tampa Zoo, Dinosaur World and more.

Tampa City Pass: The Tampa pass offers entry to 5 attractions. It includes the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Zoo Tampa and 2 attractions of choice. 

Featured Image: Flaquarium.org

About the author

Harshitha’s heart lies where greeny mountains meet stretches of beach. She believes getting lost is the best way to explore