Animal Interaction Programs

Yes, you can get up-close and personal with one of our resident dolphins and stingrays! We have 3 different types of dolphin encounters and a dolphin photo opportunity, plus a stingray feeding opportunity! All provide a unique experience you'll remember for a lifetime!

Dolphin Photo Ops
Want to take home a lasting memory of your visit to CMA? Get your photo taken with one of our resident dolphins!

Wade with Dolphins
Experience the beauty, agility, intelligence of our Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in their home- the Water!

Dolphin Encounters
We want to warn you now; you may get a little wet!!! This thirty minute program offers participants the opportunity to work side by side with one of CMA's trainers during training and feeding sessions with one of our resident Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. You will spend the first fifteen minutes poolside, with a trainer learning about the anatomy, intelligence and beauty of these amazing animals; You will spend 15 minutes poolside with your trainer learning about the anatomy, intelligence and beauty of these amazing animals. Your experience will be photographed by our professional photographers, and you will also receive a complementary T-shirt and photo commemorating your interaction!

Trainer for a Day
During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will shadow one of our program hosts to participate in programs with the trainers and our animals through three hours of, food preparation, animal enrichment, exhibit maintenance and record keeping.

Paint with a Dolphin
Have you ever wanted to express your creative side? How about doing it with a dolphin? Be a part of a one of a kind enrichment session with one of our dolphins. During this opportunity you will discover that our animals each have their own unique personality as it is expressed during your one on one creative art session. Your program host will meet you at our animal encounter pillar and then your journey begins. You will discuss the benefits of cognitive and enrichment behaviors while you do a brief tour of our enrichment closet. This is where you will choose your favorite colors for your animal to paint with. Your program host will escort you to your animal encounter platform/deck along with your paint and one 12 x 12 canvas. During the encounter, you will assist your trainer by holding the canvas as your dolphin creates their masterpiece for you. While you are enjoying your animal's creative side, a photo will be taken during your experience.

Feed Rufus
Come visit Rufus, one of the stars of the box office hit Dolphin Tale, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. During this brief encounter, you will get the opportunity to feed fish to one of the two pelicans who collectively played the role of Rufus while we take your photo during this once in a lifetime experience!

Winter's Assistant Trainer
Would you like a chance to assist the trainer for the most famous dolphin in the world? Sign up today to participate as an assistant to one of Winter's trainers for one 15 minute session. This experience will allow our guests to understand exactly what it takes to care for the star of the blockbuster hit, Dolphin Tale!

Winter Photo Opportunity
Take your picture with Winter the Dolphin, the star of Dolphin Tale! This is truly an experience you won't forget! Limited availability so don't wait. Register now!

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