Florida Aquariums, Marine Science Centers, & Aquatic Life Attractions
There’s no better place in the country to learn about marine life than Florida. Florida is home to hundreds of different species of fish, marine mammals, and coral. Many cities have at least one aquarium or marine science center, especially those near the coast. There are several wonderful aquariums in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area in particular. Aquariums are also common along the coast of south Florida, stretching from West Palm Beach to Miami to Key West.
Discovery Cove is part of Sea World Parks & Entertainment in Orlando. This all-inclusive day resort gives you and your family an unforgettable experience with exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters - all in one day.
There’s a lot to do here at the Miami Seaquarium. While you can swim with the dolphins for 30 minutes, there are also touch pools, where visitors can put their hands into the water to touch the bamboo sharks, cleaner fish, and invertebrates. It’s awesome being able to touch the animals and feel them kiss your fingers.
The Florida Aquarium is located on the waterfront in downtown Tampa whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. One of the top Aquariums in the country it is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The Florida Aquarium has more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more with hands on animal encounters, outdoor water adventure zone and even take a catamaran dolphin cruise!
Home of Winter and Hope, the inspirational Dolphins of Dolphin Tales 1 & 2. This well-known aquarium focuses on rescue, rehab and release. "Clearwater Marine Aquarium is fundamentally a hospital for sick and injured marine life. However, what we do is so much more. We inspire the human spirit, through the animals and their stories of survival, which touch all of us. "
The Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire education and advocacy for Florida's coastal ecosystems.
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island offering 57-acres that includes the Society's headquarters, nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children's Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitors Center.
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum is a museum in Downtown Miami that includes a planetarium, an aquarium, and so much more. The exhibits offer something for people of all ages and education levels. Check out the website for information about events and temporary exhibits.
The Gulfarium is the top Fort Walton Beach attraction and venue for enjoying daily shows, animal chats, animal exhibits, and interactive animal encounters. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire their guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life.
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium is located in Fort Myers, Florida. A day of hands-on activities will keep everyone entertained. Live Animal Encounter, Virtual Reality, "Sea to See" touch tank, Stingray feeding, Theater-in-the-tank along with other aquarium exhibits, science stations, and much more.
The Key West Aquarium is located in Key West's famous Mallory Square and is a fun attraction for people of all ages. Featuring a touch tank, shark feedings, stingray bay, alligators, jellyfish and more. The Key West Aquarium is committed to helping protect the endangered sea turtles. The Aquarium is associated with the Turtle Hospital and Florida Sea Turtle Stranding Network working to helping protect the endangered sea turtles and nursing and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center was originally founded in 1983 as the Children's Museum of Juno Beach formed by longtime turtle activist Eleanor Fletcher aka "The Turtle Lady". This non-profit education and ocean conservation facility includes exhibits, educational programs, and is dedicated to protecting Sea Turtles.
The mission of the the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida’s marine environment.
The Marine Discovery Center is located on the Indian River Lagoon in New Smyrna Beach offering education programs, camps, dolphin tours and more. The goal of MDC is to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship.
Marine Science Center is located in Volusia County and offers an experience into Florida's marine environments with a hands on touch tank and more. The main goals of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation and seabird rehabilitation. The center includes educational activites and programs.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the world's first oceanarium, offers a 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. Choose from a variety of interactive programs, which range from those for land-loving guests to enjoy dolphins up-close, to those that offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dolphins' aquatic world as you swim with our gentle residents.
The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is home to many different types of aquatic wildlife and innovative marine research. Some of the animals that can be seen at the Aquarium are sharks, sea turtles, otters, and manatees. There is also a reef animal exhibit where visitors can touch rays.
The Pier Aquarium is a private aquarium and marine education science center located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at The Pier on the waterfront. Features hands-on activities including a fresh fish theater, touch tank experience and more.
The Science Center revolves around a simple premise: science is exciting! This science center is for all ages. Its features include a planetarium, large aquariums, interactive exhibits, and programs based on science and technology.