After our Disney cruise we took a drive over to Tampa. Staying at the Country Inn and Suites Tampa/Brandon put us near Tampa but not in the downtown area. This hotel was 9 miles from the aquarium. Husband and I had visited the aquarium previously after a carnival cruise that docks right near the aquarium. We had wanted to take daughter there knowing she would enjoy it!
We parked in the lot to the left of the aquarium where parking is $6 for the day. There is a parking garage across the street that is used by mostly cruise guests and its more than $6 a day.
There is a wetlands trail area to explore…
The coral reef exhibit…
And Daughters favorite the touch tanks!
I think they have a fantastic sea horse exhibit!
And a large aquarium with sharks…
And a water fun zone outside for the kids.
We spent a couple of hours at the aquarium. It was nice to get out of the heat of the day and it was right next to the American Victory Ship that we were visiting next. As you can see the aquarium is right next to the cruise ship dock. We chose to visit the first time after our cruise when we had some time to kill before our flight home. So on days that cruises embark/ disembark the aquarium might be a little busier.
Regular priced adult tickets are $23.95 at the door or $21.95 online. After our cruise we were able to purchase discounted tickets at $16.95. For our second trip we used our zoo membership pass which got us half price admission.
The aquarium is open daily from 9:30 to 5pm. More information can be found here: http://www.flaquarium.org/Explore-the-Aquarium/location-hours.aspx
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602