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Winter Zone

Winter Zone

The Winter Zone is home to resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Winter and Hope. This was the filming area for Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. You can see Winter and Hope any time of the day when we are open. You can walk up to the stanchions by their pool for a viewing all day long!

Girl Winter and Hope Underwater Viewing

Underwater Viewing

Make sure to visit Shipwreck Alley, the underwater viewing tunnel, where you can look into the Winter Zone and share the fascinating spectacle of Winter and Hope playing. It is the perfect location to get those great up-close pictures.

Mavis's Rescue Hideaway Exhibit

Mavis' Rescue Hideaway

Named after the Dolphin Tale 2 character “Mavis,” a rescued, rehabilitated and released sea turtle, the new habitat was made to house the animal actor who played him, Harold. Currently, Mavis’ Rescue Hideaway is home to sea turtles, red fish, hogfish and tarpon.

Stranding Deck

Stranding Deck

The stranding deck is currently home to our male resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Nicholas. This area was built as a place to accept newly rescued animals for immediate care and quarantine from our resident animals. There are several state-of-the-art design elements that make these pools ideal places for caring for sick and injured dolphins and small whales. Nicholas is currently residing at the stranding deck as we work to expand the aquarium. This location also offers beautiful views of Clearwater Bay.

Daily Presentations:
9:30am – Tail Talk
12:00pm – Stranding Presentation
12:30pm – Dolphin Anatomy Game
2:30pm – Tail Talk
4:30pm – Tail Talk

Presentation times are subject to change.

Rufus Beach Exhibit

Rufus Beach

Rufus Beach is a temporary area currently housing Matthew and Tyndall, two of our new great white pelicans.  Ricky can be found in our new aviary with another new pelican named Skylar.


Walle Otter Oasis Exhibit

Otter Oasis

Otter Oasis is home to our North American river otters: Walle and Cooper. Sand, water and toys create the perfect haven for these active residents. Even with physical limitations, our otters love their oasis.

Daily Presentations:
11:00am – River Otters
1:00pm – River Otters
3:00pm – River Otters

Presentation times are subject to change.

Shark Pass Exhibit

Shark Pass

Shark Pass gives you a whole different view of our current resident nurse sharks, Thelma and Louise. These bottom dwellers can grow to be 14 feet in length and can live up to 25 years or older. Look down into this large pool where these nurse sharks and other local marine fish eat and swim.

Daily Presentations:
2:30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) – Shark Training

Presentation times are subject to change.

Stingray Beach Exhibit

Stingray Beach

Stingray Beach is home to our Cownose and Southern stingrays. This shallow pool gives you the opportunity to hand-feed our stingrays. During stingray presentations, you will learn the techniques to use if you should encounter a stingray in the wild. Stingray Beach also provides a replication of sea turtle nesting.

Daily Presentations:
10:30am – Stingray Feeding
3:30pm – Stingray Feeding

Presentation times are subject to change.

Bailey, a green sea turtle swimming at CMA

Turtle Bayou

Turtle Bayou is a large pool on the second level of CMA and home to green sea turtle, Cocoa.

Daily Presentations:
12:00pm – Turtle Bayou

Presentation times are subject to change.

Green Sea Turtle Stubby Turtle Cove Exhibit

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is home to green sea turtle, Bailey. It consists of three pools that are deep and spacious, with plenty of room to submerge and swim freely. The cove is a great living space for resident turtles.

Daily Presentations:
10:00am – Meet our Turtles

Presentation times are subject to change.

Sea Cavern Exhibit

Sea Cavern

The home of our nurse sharks and wide variety of fish, Sea Cavern can help educate you on the many marine animals found in our local area as well as your impact on the environment. Touch tanks mean you can get up close and personal with local marine life, including sea urchins, sea stars and crabs. From this exciting cave, you can also look into the shark tank to take a closer underwater look at Thelma and Louise, our resident nurse sharks.

Surgical Suite Exhibit

Surgical Suite

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a working animal hospital with veterinarian technicians on staff to care for all injured animals that come through our doors. At our Surgical Suite, you have the opportunity to witness the work of our medical professionals. Everything – from routine physicals of resident otters to emergency surgeries on injured sea turtles – takes place right here in our surgical suite.

While you are visiting Stingray beach, don’t forget to view the Safe Harbor Surgical Suite, the former location for on-site animal care, now preserved as a movie set from Dolphin Tale.

Education Station

Education Station

Clearwater Marine Aquarium values adding education for all ages. This area contains a small theater, aquariums with local species and kids’ learning activities. Kids will have a great time coloring and learning about the variety of animals found in this area through our educational activities.

Making Waves speaker series at Spectrum Theater with Winter the dolphin on screen

Spectrum Theatre

The Spectrum Theatre is a great place to sit down in comfort and learn about our work at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and our residents. In this round, air-conditioned theater, you can view our own documentary of the inspiring dolphin, Winter, or learn more about the marine animal rescue work we do at CMA with the Saving Sea Life feature.

Regular Theater Showings include:

“Winter, the Dolphin that Can” Documentary – Watch the inspiring true story of our most famous dolphin.

“Winter’s Inspiration” – Watch how the story of Winter the dolphin inspires us all.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Map

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Map


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