Whether you’re planning to visit Winter’s Wonderland or looking for ways to bring some sea life into your holidays this season, here are a few ways you can enjoy the best time of year with your finned and flippered friends.
1. Watch Santa Dive Underwater With Sea Turtles in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway
Enjoy watching SCUBA Santa dive underwater surrounded by rescued sea turtles and other marine life in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The marine animals will also have special holiday enrichment devices, including an underwater menorah and Christmas tree, to interact with.
2. Sea the Holiday Lights From the Water
Get on the water during extended holiday evenings at Winter’s Wonderland and take a ride around local finger islands to view holiday lights aboard our Sea of Lights boat tour. As you cruise around the waterway, you’ll participate in holiday-themed trivia and learn about our mission to rescue marine life! Book Now
3. Wear Something Fintastically Festive
Grab your Santa hats and candy cane antlers, it’s time to dress up for the holidays! The Animal Care Team at CMA will be wearing their holiday gear and presenting our resident animals with holiday toys for enrichment. Put on your best ugly holiday sweaters and join the festive fun!
4. Take a Holiday Family Photo With Your Finned Friends
Once you’re decked out in full festive fashion, take a unique family holiday photo at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! You’ll love these fun and beautiful souvenir photos featuring Winter, Hope and some of your other favorite friends from CMA! Choose from multiple Fintastic photo backdrops and fun poses! This is a great gift to give or keep!
5. Decorate Your Tree With Some Sea Life
Whether you’re hanging a snow globe ornament or getting crafty with your own decorations, you can add a bit of sea life on your Christmas tree and around your home. Hang up your dolphin stockings and top it off with a sea star! Seafoam might be the new color for trees this year and Narwhals are the new reindeer, I hear!
Take a look around our holiday shop for inspiration and find marine life ornaments and more! Shop Now
6. Register for Holiday Camps and Discover Cool Marine Animals
Join us as we learn all about Florida marine life and their cold water cousins through fun-filled interactions with some of Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s resident animals. Discover how blubber and fur work to keep animals warm, prepare treats for our rescued animals and spend time out on the water, seeing animal adaptations in action! Tour behind-the-scenes areas, participate in a fish feeding session, play educational games, and make crafts, as we compare animal adaptations here in Florida and in the coldest regions of the world. Have a Holly Jolly holiday full of fun at CMA’s Holiday Camps! Register
7. Make a Wish for Ocean Conservation
While you’re making your holiday wish list and checking it twice, add a wish for ocean conservation and reducing marine debris! Make a pledge to recycle and reduce plastic use. Find new homes for old toys rather than throwing them away and consider using recyclable gift wrap for your presents this year. Small acts like these can help protect our planet and save marine life! Learn other ways you can help by being part of Winter’s Ocean Warriors!
Don’t forget our Animal Care Teams have their own wish lists for the resident animals, too! Wish Lists
8. Adopt an Animal for the Holidays
Give the gift of adoption for the holidays or add one to your wish list! Symbolically adopt one of our resident animals and support the conservation of marine life. All adoptions include monthly updates, and adoptions at the Protector level and above include a plush animal and admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Adopt Now
For more holiday gift ideas, see 10 Things People Who Love Dolphins Need for the Holidays!