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Winter the Dolphin and Other Rescued Animals Welcome Guests Again at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

Nicholas swimming

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, in coordination with state and local government officials, reopened to the public on Friday, May 15, after being closed for 60 days. Our working marine life hospital has continued to rescue, rehabilitate and release marine life while being closed to the public, including releasing 2 endangered sea turtles. We are thrilled to welcome guests back into the world of marine life rescue!

How We’re Keeping Everyone Safe

CMA is implementing significant additional safety precautions to protect staff, animals, and guests, while ensuring a fun and educational visit with limited guests.

Among the many changes, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will:

  • Limit attendance to 25% of normal capacity
  • Use touchless transactions
  • Add advanced reservations where guests are required to select an arrival date and time and purchase admission online prior to visiting
  • Place signs and floor decals to promote social distancing
  • Install barriers at transaction areas
  • Require all guest-facing staff to wear face masks
  • Implement daily temperature checks for all staff
  • CMA does recommend that guests wear masks, as well.

How You Can Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Home to rescued animals like Winter the dolphin from the Dolphin Tale movies, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will welcome all guests again on May 15, with advanced reservations required, available to be purchased online. This allows CMA to provide a unique experience, with limited capacity for social distancing, while ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness.

What You Can Expect to See and Enjoy When You Visit CMA

  • Winter Zone – View Winter, Hope and PJ above water all around the Winter Zone
  • Dolphin Terrace – View rescued dolphin Nicholas outside with a view of Clearwater Beach!
  • Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway – Underwater viewing area with several rescued sea turtles and other marine life
  • More Animal Habitat Areas Upstairs – Otter Oasis, Turtle Cove, Turtle Bayou and Shark Pass
  • Rufus Beach – Great white pelican aviary viewing
  • Stingray beach – Stingray touching and feeding will not be available
  • Marine Animal Hospital – Walk through our working marine animal hospital and see our rescue work in action!
  • Dolphin & Wildlife Tour – 60-minute eco-boat tours available with limited capacity
  • Our expert animal care team and all CMA staff will be happy to welcome you and answer any questions!
  • Presentations are temporarily suspended due to social distancing guidelines to avoid the gathering of crowds

Questions and Answers

Please see answers to some common questions below.

If you have any other questions or need to modify your visit plans, please contact our call center at 727-441-1790 ext. 0. We will try to respond as quickly as possible!

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