Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Winter the dolphin at window

Know Before You Go

Get ready to visit the home of Winter the dolphin and get an immersive look into the world of marine life rescue. Here are some tips and reminders to make your experience an enjoyable one:

Not Your Typical Aquarium

We are not exactly like the aquariums you may have visited in the past. We exist to rescue marine animals (dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, etc.), rehabilitate them from sickness or injury, and release them back into their natural habitats.

Working Marine Hospital

A majority of our resident animals – including Winter – cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you will see them in permanent habitats and learn their stories. You’ll also see a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in our working animal hospital. Our staff and volunteers give presentations and talks throughout the day at various habitats and exhibits, educating you in a fun way about the work we’re doing daily to take care of marine life and the environment to make it a safer, healthier place for these animals.

Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure

Check seasonal schedule for all dates 

Included with your general admission ticket is access to Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, located near Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This location is an indoor museum housing props, sets and costumes from the Dolphin Tale movies, a hurricane experience exhibit, interactive games and more. We provide free boat shuttles (weather permitting) and trolley shuttle service between the two locations all throughout the day.


We are located minutes away from Clearwater Beach, voted Tripadvisor’s #1 beach in the U.S.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767

View full directions here

Coming From the Orlando Area? 

If you plan to visit Clearwater just for the day, book this affordable tour that includes round-trip transportation to Clearwater Beach and admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Offered 7 days a week!

Garage Parking at CMA

Aquarium Guests $6*
All Others $75*

*Sales tax included


If you aren’t driving your own vehicle, we support the use of public transportation options like Jolley Trolley, Florida Free Rides, Clearwater Ferry and hotel shuttles that can conveniently drop you off for your visit. Especially helpful now during the busy season, check out this excellent resource to give you the best options and information for traveling to Clearwater Beach. We are also bicycle friendly with a bike rack near the front entrance.

Enjoy a complimentary Jolley Trolley or boat shuttle ride between Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure in downtown Clearwater with your paid admission on weekends!*

*Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and seasonal dates. Please check seasonal hours for full schedule.

Best Times to Visit

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is less than one mile inland from Clearwater Beach – voted 2016’s #1 beach in the U.S. Due to the proximity and popularity, the peak times for visiting occur in the days/weeks around major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and also during spring break (March/April) and summer (June/July). We also recommend arriving before 11 am or after 3 pm to avoid the busiest times of day.

Don’t Wait to Plan Your Visit!

We have a variety of program options to add on to your general admission ticket. If you plan to visit during peak times, we highly recommend booking animal encounters, boat tours, and Behind the Scenes tours in advance of your visit, as they WILL sell out early due to limited availability. Book now!

Average Visiting Time

Plan to spend about 2-3 hours with us for general admission that includes entrance to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and, on weekends, Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure with complimentary boat/trolley shuttles between the two locations. Upgrading to include boat tours, certain animal encounters, and Behind the Scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.

Check out more day-of-visiting details in our FAQ section!

Indoor/Outdoor Facility

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor and outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open-air sections outside. Enjoy sunshine and views of Clearwater Bay from the harborview deck and stranding deck. It is a good idea to be prepared and bring sun protection, a hat and sunglasses, especially if you plan to go on one of our boat tours. 

ADA Services

Read about our ADA services and accessibility offered to guests with disabilities.

General Rules and Regulations

Be sure to check our rules for prohibited items and other general rules and regulations you should know when visiting us.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Map

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Map

Food and Beverage

Visit our concessions at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Choose from ice cold drinks, iced teas, snacks, ice cream and more!Shark Bites cafe logo

Dinner Plans

Island Way GrillLooking for dinner? Visit Island Way Grill, right across from Clearwater Marine Aquarium! View their menu here.

Free collectible poster with each kids meal purchased for CMA guests (wristband required.)

Did you know? Island Way Grill was used as the set for Sawyer’s going away party in Dolphin Tale 2!


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