Explore the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a unique marine life rescue center dedicated to rehabilitation and release of marine animals. It is also home to Winter the Dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit 'Dolphin Tale' movies ... More info ›
Explore the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a unique marine life rescue center dedicated to rehabilitation and release of marine animals. It is also home to Winter the Dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit 'Dolphin Tale' movies. This general admission ticket will allow you to see the resident dolphins, sea turtles, otters, and pelicans. Discover the working animal hospital, participate in educational activities and presentations, watch a marine life movie and more.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not a typical aquarium, for this nonprofit rescue facility is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of marine animals. It’s a unique place where visitors can learn about more than 40 resident animals. In the Winter Zone, see Winter and Hope, the famous rescued Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Watch the trainers interact with them during feeding and enrichment sessions, and see Winter using her prosthetic tail. This was a main filming area for the Dolphin Tale movies. Afterwards, head to Shipwreck Alley, which is an underwater viewing tunnel that gives a different look at the dolphin pools.
At the Animal Hospital area, see the work that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on-staff medical professionals do, which ranges from routine physicals of resident otters to emergency procedures on injured sea turtles. See where the volunteers and staff prepare food for the animals, and discover the charting systems and housing of sea turtles deemed candidates for release back into the wild once their rehabilitation is complete.
At Stingray Beach, discover the shallow pool of Cownose and Southern stingrays, and hear educational presentations. Meet some of the other resident animals with incredible stories of survival, including Harold who played Mavis in Dolphin Tale 2. Learn about the care that is provided to them during daily presentations from the staff. Make sure to visit Otter Oasis to see the perfect haven for the rescued North American River Otters. Even with physical limitations, these otters are very active and love their oasis.
At the theater, view the short-form documentary about Winter’s inspiring survival story and learn more about the marine animal rescue work happening every day at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with the Saving Sea Life feature. During seasonal operations, visit Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, a nearby indoor adventure that gives an immersive look at the heart-warming movies, complete with interactive games, rebuilt sets with real movie props, a Hurricane Experience exhibit, and a large retail shop full of unique gifts.