Parking at Florida Aquarium

By Harshitha Jagathiesh

Guests of The Florida Aquarium have access to parking in the City of Tampa parking lot. 

It is situated north of the Aquarium, off the east side of the circle at Channelside Drive. 

Designated accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Payments for parking can be made at pay stations throughout the lot or through mobile apps such as ParkMobile, Passport, or PaybyPhone. 

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Other parking options near Florida Aquarium

The parking timings at The Florida Aquarium are from 9.15 am to 3.30 pm every day.

Nearby parking facilities charge similar or higher daily rates than The Florida Aquarium parking. 

We have identified a couple of convenient options for you. 

The distance from the parking and the average cost of parking near the Florida Aquarium is listed below:

ParkingDistance from Florida AquariumApproximate price
Caesar St.0.3 miles$20
Channelside Parking Garage0.1 miles$4
S. 12th Street0.1 miles$30

Florida Aquarium parking cost

You can find the official parking for The Florida Aquarium just one block north of the venue. 

Parking spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are unavailable. 

We recommend arriving early to secure a convenient spot near the Aquarium’s entrance.

The cost for parking is $10 per vehicle. 

You can conveniently pay using major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) at the pay stations located throughout the parking lot. 

Additionally, guests can make payments through mobile apps, including the ParkMobile app.

But currently, the City of Tampa is upgrading its system, and member vehicle registration is temporarily unavailable. 

Florida Aquarium parking timings

The parking timings at The Florida Aquarium are from 9.15 am to 3.30 pm every day.

Important things to know about member parking at Florida Aquarium

Here are some essential details to know regarding parking at The Florida Aquarium:

  • Free parking is included as a membership benefit for Aquarium visitors.
  • Members must register their vehicle(s) with the City of Tampa Parking Division to receive free parking.
  • Up to two vehicles can be registered, and members are responsible for updating their vehicle tags with the City of Tampa.
  • The City of Tampa Parking Enforcement will have a list of registered license plate numbers, so registering your vehicle(s) is essential to avoid parking citations.
  • Members are responsible for maintaining up-to-date vehicle registration with the City of Tampa.
  • Free parking is available to members during The Florida Aquarium’s operating hours, from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm daily.
  • Member parking benefits extend to member-exclusive events, extended operating hours, and Aquarium-hosted events.
  • Once your vehicle information is registered with the City of Tampa Parking Division and your membership remains active, you do not need to use the parking pay stations during regular/extended business hours.
  • Please note that this parking benefit is not valid outside of operating hours. 
  • If you use the Aquarium surface lot outside of these hours, you must pay for parking using the pay station or parking app to avoid receiving a parking citation.
  • Your parking benefit is tied to your membership and will lapse if your membership expires.
  • If you renew a lapsed membership, you must re-register your vehicle(s) with the City of Tampa’s Parking Division.

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Parking at Florida Aquarium – FAQs

1. How much is parking at the Florida Aquarium?

The cost for parking is $10 per vehicle. 

You can conveniently pay using major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) at the pay stations located throughout the parking lot. 

2. Where do you park for The Florida Aquarium in Tampa?

The Florida Aquarium offers parking for its guests in the City of Tampa parking lot. It is located north of the Aquarium on Channel side Drive. 

Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. What are the available parking payment options?

The surface parking lot at The Florida Aquarium features 8 pay stations where credit card payments are accepted. 

Additionally, 2 pay stations near the entrance accept credit cards and cash. 

Guests also can make payments through the ParkMobile, Passport, and PaybyPhone mobile apps.


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. 

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