Posted March 6, 2018 | Updated April 9, 2018

Spring Break Checklist

Spring break is here! We’ve put together this checklist to guide you through all the special events and things you don’t want to miss when visiting CMA!

1. Visit Clearwater Beach — the #1 Beach in the United States! 

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, less than a mile from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was just named the number one beach in the U.S. for 2018 by TripAdvisor! The beautiful, white-sand beach has previously won the same Traveler’s Choice Award and top 25 in the world in 2016. Enjoy gulf coast sunsets and family-friendly activity around Pier 60 and the Beachwalk. Remember to keep the beach clean and practice ocean-friendly habits to protect marine life.

If you’re staying at the beach, consider booking rooms at one of our hotel partners, including the Winter the Dolphin themed room at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.

2. Enjoy Sundown Special Admission and Extended Hours

sundown special

After a day at Clearwater Beach, bring the family and enjoy spring at CMA with extended hours, take a kid-friendly boat tour around the bay, watch sunsets with Nicholas the dolphin, and, of course, visit Winter and all the rescued, resident animals. Sundown Special admission is just $9.99 from 4-8 p.m. select dates March — April!

3. Take a Tropical Family Cruise

tropical family cruise

During our spring Sundown Special hours, you can also enjoy a fun and family-friendly, tropical boat tour around beautiful Clearwater Harbor. Get the opportunity to see local wildlife during the evening hours, participate in educational trivia games and enjoy a relaxing voyage on the water with music and refreshing treats.

Visiting earlier in the day? Enjoy the Sea Life Safari and Dolphin Adventure Tour every day!

4. “Spring into Science” with Spring Break Camp

kid looking at microscope

Campers will be immersed in science exploration and experimentation, which will excite and inspire as we study Clearwater Bay. Campers will board a Clearwater Marine Aquarium vessel and study the local ecosystem while participating in plankton tows and net pulls. In addition, campers will discover the properties of water, have hands-on practice using the scientific method and learn about our other exhibits before we open to the public each day. Register for Spring and Summer Camps today!

5. Meet the New Pelicans in the Aviary


Skylar, Matthew and Tyndall join Ricky, who famously played the role of Rufus in Dolphin Tale. See all four of these great white pelicans  together in our new pelican aviary. You might see them splashing in their pool or preening on the sand near the viewing windows. And now you can watch them from a whole new perspective live on our newest webcam, the Pelican Cam!

6. See Rescued Reptiles at Reptilepalooza


Learn all about reptiles during Reptilepalooza, a special live exhibit, March 10-April 8. Enjoy educational activities, see tortoises every day and meet snakes, skinks, alligators and other rescued reptiles on select dates.

7. Experience Animal Care 

dolphin interaction

Get in splashing distance and meet our resident dolphins for a photo opportunity! Try one of our Animal Care Experiences and work closely with our Animal Care Team to learn what it takes to care for these amazing animals. Reserve your spot now, as these programs will sell out quickly!

8. Go on a Guided Kayak Adventure

dolphin swimming by camp kayak

Spring is the perfect time to go on an aquatic adventure! Travel through local finger islands and get the opportunity to see local wildlife closeup as you glide by on a relaxing kayak journey guided by our experts. Learn more. 

9. Sign up for an Annual Pass

guest viewing underwater sea turtle

With discounts on camps, boat tours, animal programs and other attractions, plus unlimited admission to enjoy special events and exhibits at Clearwater Marine Aquarium throughout the year, it’s a great time to take advantage of everything the Annual Pass has to offer.

10. Get Your Spring Break Gear

spring break gear

Gear up for spring break with our new Rescue Collection and take advantage of spring clearance items with 50% off limited quantity styles in our online retail store! 100% of your purchase supports Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission to rescue, rehab and release marine life! Shop now!

Spring is a beautiful time with wonderful weather and plenty of things to do, but remember it can also mean more traffic heading to Clearwater Beach. Make sure to plan your visit and allow extra time to get here and enjoy your day at CMA and the beach. Check out our Know Before You Go section for tips and helpful information!




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