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Become a part of Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission in a whole new way! Explore-a-Tour turns guests of all ages into working marine biologists, studying dolphins, seabirds, and the environment in the field during this exciting new boat tour. As part of this 1.5 - 2 hour experience, watch for our local bottlenose dolphins and participate in an active population study using dorsal fin identification, use binoculars and field guides to identify and pinpoint bird nesting sites, and participate in scientific testing of our estuary's water quality to help keep our bay clean. Learn about the local ecosystem from a scientist's point of view as you gather data for ongoing research on how we can better protect our environment and our world. Dolphin sightings not guaranteed.

Why Explore-a-Tour?

Explore-a-Tour is unique! Unlike a typical eco-tour, participants are not just lectured to; instead you are an active part of the experience. On this tour you are not just looking for dolphins; you are participating in dolphin fin photo identification and Dolphin SMART viewing. You are not just observing birds from afar; you are using binoculars to identify and participate in behavioral observations and population studies. You are not just floating above the water; you are experiencing water quality research done daily at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

In addition to the educational experience had by guests at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Explore-a-Tour participants are able to take their newly acquired knowledge and passion and apply it in the field, like no other tour or experience currently offered!

Times Available:

  • 1:30pm
  • Prices:

  • Adults - $32.95
  • Seniors (60+) - $28.95
  • Children (5-12) - $21.95
  • *Participants must be at least 5 years old.

    *Space is limited to 40 participants per trip. Reservations are required, but walk-ins available if the trip is not already full. For further information, call us at (727) 441-1790 ext.0.

    You are drawn to Clearwater Marine Aquarium because of our unique mission; through Explore-a-Tour, you BECOME the mission!

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    Hit the High Seas!

    The Sea Life Safari Boat Tour is one of the most popular activities at CMA. The tour includes a 90 minute trip into our beautiful intracoastal waters. Look for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as our staff narrates the scenic ride to a shell island. You'll witness data collection in action as we perform our net pull and pass around sea critters before releasing them back to the bay. Kids and adults alike will love this one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience!


    Adults – $25.95
    Children(ages 3 – 12) – $16.95
    Seniors(60+) – $22.95

    *Prices are subject to change until reservations are confirmed with full payment. All prices are subject to change without notice until paid in full. Seasonal rates, restrictions, and blackout dates may apply.

    *Time Slots: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm

    *Guests Who Book the 5pm Must Park at CMA.

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    *Space is limited to 43 participants per trip. Reservations are required, but walk-ins available if the trip is not already full. For further information, call us at (727) 441-1790 ext.0.


    Join Clearwater Marine Aquarium as we tour through Clearwater Bay and St. Joseph Sound to view local bird sanctuary islands. This nature boat tour includes a narrated scenic ride and discusses local birds, their habitats, and identification techniques. Guests will witness birds and other wildlife in action as our narrator provides interesting and educational facts. This is a fun ecological experience for groups of all ages!

    *Available for a limited time only.

    Price: Adults $24.95, Seniors $19.95, Children (3-12) $14.95

    Times: 8:00 am to 10:00 am

    For further information or to book the tour contact 727-441-1790 Ext. 252 or

    At this time we do not honor coupons for 
activities booked online or over the telephone, and cannot be applied when checking in for your activity.
Coupons are accepted for activities  purchased at the CMA ticketing windows only