Our regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We are open form 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on select dates with extended hours. Please view our seasonal and holiday hours of operation here.
You can request your photos online at Fintasticphoto.com.
Our CMA call center is available to assist you with making changes to your order. We are open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 727-441-1790, ext 0.
Special discounted tickets are sold at the MacDill Air Force Base ticket office.
Our facility is both an indoor and outdoor experience. If you have purchased a boat cruise please remember it is cooler on the water than on land, especially during the winter months. Dressing in layers is best.
For the comfort of all Guests, smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapor or smoke are not permitted on CMA property.
All guests with pre-paid vouchers, and tickets for their daily entry wristbands. Please check-in at Will Call at the ticketing box office on the 3rd level entrance of CMA.
All guests will check-in at Ticketing, located on the 3rd level entrance of CMA, to receive admission to enter the facility.
The parking garage is directly connected to the entrance on the 3rd level.
Parking is available in the CMA Parking Garage, directly connected to the entrance on the 3rd level. Seasonal rates apply. CMA Members receive discounted parking in the CMA parking garage.
There are many benefits to being a CMA Member! View all of the benefits and more here.
Visit & Safety Questions and Answers
Tickets are currently available online. Please call reservations if you have any questions or need help booking tickets. 727-441-1790 ext. 0. Tickets are also available on-site, but we recommend booking ahead!
Admission time slots are currently available every half hour. You can stay as long as you like until closing time.
Yes, please call Reservations at 727-441-1790, ext 0. Be sure to bring a photo ID as your reservation will be under your last name. Or, you can make reservations online here.
CMA Members can reserve their admission tickets and select time slots and visit dates starting by selecting the Member Visit ticket online. Please call 727-441-1790 ext. 0 if you have any questions.
Our boat rides are educational and fun – and yes, our eco-boat tours are currently available. You can check the available schedule online.
Educational presentations will be available throughout the day. Schedules may vary. Please check times and locations posted on digital signage when you arrive.
For guests requiring assistance, wheelchairs are available for rent at our Guest Services desk, located on the 3rd level of the aquarium. Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Daily Fee: $5.00
Deposit: A Refundable $50 deposit is required at the time of rental
Strollers are not available at CMA. Guests are welcome to bring their own strollers or wheelchairs, and we strongly encourage all to thoroughly sanitize wheelchairs and strollers before entering Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Yes, we have increased the number of hand sanitizing stations available to guests throughout our facility.
Following current CDC guidelines, guests and CMA personnel who have had their vaccines will not be required to wear a face covering either inside or outside – except when participating in animal interactions or direct animal contact. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering in these cases to protect our animals.
It is requested that non-vaccinated guests continue to wear face coverings onsite. Face coverings are defined as a mask, buff or face shield.
If you forget your face covering or need an additional one, face masks or face shields may be available for purchase at Ticketing before you enter. Additional masks are available for purchase in our gift shop.
For the comfort of all guests, smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapor or smoke are not permitted on CMA property.
A variety of freshly prepared menu items are available in our spacious new cafe, including burgers, flatbreads, kids meals and vegetarian options. Fountain drinks and water are available along with beer and wine for guests 21 and up. Outdoor seating is also available on the new Dolphin Terrace.
Temperature checks are no longer required at CMA.
The parking garage now connects directly to the new entrance on the third level at CMA. Shuttles are no longer necessary!
All exhibits are open and our resident animals will be visible.
CMA offers active-duty U.S. military, veterans and teachers discounted admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium with Appreciation Admission that can be reserved online. Please see our other seasonal special offers. Please call our reservations team at 727-441-1790 ext. 0 to verify third-party promotions or discounts are valid before arriving.
Reservations are recommended but not required for tickets you have purchased from CityPass, Expedia or other ticket providers. You may present your tickets when you arrive at Ticketing to redeem for admission. For more information, please call 727-441-1790 ext. 0.
No weapons of any kind, bicycles, skateboards, recreational scooters, skates, glass containers or balloons permitted at CMA.
For a full list of prohibited items and activities, please visit our Aquarium Rules page.
Please contact us at 727 441-1790 ext. 0 if you have any questions.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Funding comes from admission and program fees, grants, and donations.
Yes, our full-time veterinarian is Dr. Shelly Marquardt.
We use frozen restaurant quality fish, which allows us to keep a high standard of food quality for our animals.
Most of our animal care specialists recommend courses in psychology, and biology fields, such as marine biology, zoology and general biology. Volunteering and/or interning at a facility such as ours is also very helpful.
Yes, we can assist with the rescue of manatees, but we don’t have the space and permits needed to rehab them or care for them as residents.
CMA has about 600-900 volunteers and interns on the rolls at any given time. The higher numbers are during the summer, with our junior volunteers, and during turtle nesting season. We have many staff members who also volunteer in another department on a weekly basis! For more information on becoming a volunteer or intern, visit our volunteer section.
We can perform cytology, blood cell counts, hematocrits (PCV), total protein values, blood glucose, examine fecal samples and test gastric samples for salinity.
If you would like to learn more about our animal encounter programs, please visit our guest services office or book online. Our programs are not included with admission and are limited in quantity each day in accordance with each resident’s specific rehab plan.
Human food is very bad for our animals and there’s a possibility it could spill from a container and fall into one of their pools. Also, food often comes in packaging that could be harmful to our dolphins, otters and turtles if ingested. For these reasons, we ask our guests to enjoy their food on the first floor only, and away from the animal exhibits.
- Visit the membership page.
- We have different levels of membership designed to fit your individual or family needs, or become a Winter’s Circle member.
Yes. You may redeem your admission cost up to the value of the membership pass you purchase. Membership purchase must be made the same day of your visit prior to leaving CMA. Visit the Guest Services office or the admission window.
Tickets purchased through third-party ticket resellers are not eligible.
Yes, members receive discounted parking in the CMA parking garage.
- Member Car Magnet
- VIP Member Entrance – Skip the Line
- 30% discount on food and beverage
- 30% discount on retail & online retail
- 20% discount on Birthday Parties
- 10% discount on additional guest admission
- Additional discounts on boat tours
- Discounted Parking
- Early camp registration and Member discount for camp programs
- Thank you video – See how you are impacting our work in the field
- CMA insider e-newsletter and invitations to special events
- Discounts from local companies & access to partner attractions
- Commemorative holiday gift
- Birthday Club
Present your membership passes along with government-issued ID at Will Call/Member Check-in located at the ticketing box office on the 3rd level entrance of CMA.
All memberships are associated with the named individual(s) and are not transferable to another person. Each membership has a specific identifier/bar code. If additional Unnamed guest passes were added to your membership, those passes may be used when attending with a named member.
Yes. When you purchase your membership online or in person, your government issued ID and/or receipt will serve as your temporary membership and will allow you admission until your digital membership passes are emailed to you. For environmental purposes, we are utilizing a digital pass and discourage printing the confirmation. Once you purchase all you need to bring is your ID.
CMA digital membership cards are downloadable to your mobile device. After purchasing your membership, you will receive a confirmation email with your digital passes attached. The membership passes can either be printed out, or saved to your phone.
You can access your digital membership passes on your mobile device after receiving your confirmation email. If you are unable to access your membership pass, primary named members can simply show a photo ID at admission.
No. The membership is a digital membership. For environmental purposes, CMA has decided to transition away from printing and mailing paper cards/passes.
Lifetime memberships will be honored.
Digital membership passes can be resent to your email for download. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CMA no longer issues hard copy or replacement membership cards.
Yes, just show your government issued ID.
To ensure appropriate use of membership benefits and privileges, CMA will require valid photo ID. Children are not required to present photo ID but should be accompanied by a parent or adult from their household or present their digital membership pass. Children under 13 attending with an adult outside their household may not be admitted for free if they are not able to present their digital membership or photo ID. We appreciate your understanding.
Individual and Pod memberships are non-transferable. Only the person(s) named on the membership may enter CMA using the membership. All named members will be required to show a valid photo ID. Unnamed Guests must be accompanied by one of the named members.
You can renew online here. Simply login to renew. If you do not have your login info you can use the lookup to search for you pass number. You can also call the CMA Reservations Center at 757-441-1790, ext. 0. The Reservations Center is open 7 days a week, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Days from 10:0 am – 6:00 pm.
Yes, you can purchase a membership for an individual other than yourself. You will need to provide the gift recipient’s name, address, phone number and email. The link to download the digital membership PDF will be sent to the email provided. Passes are valid one year from the date of purchase.
We do not assign credit for those who have not used their memberships. Even if you have lost a previous membership card or are not able to access the digital membership, you are always able to visit the CMA by showing your government issued I.D. or email purchase confirmation/receipt.
We are unable to place temporary freezes or holds on accounts.
CMA members will receive our monthly CMA e-newsletter. Exclusive updates may be emailed to members on occasion.
Yes. Visit our Tickets page here.
Please send an email to email@example.com.
Membership discounts on kids’ camps are offered to Pair, Pod and Winter’s Circle membership levels. Camp discounts do not apply to individual memberships.
- Whether you choose to modify an existing program or create something entirely new, we’ll help you plan an experience that meets your needs:
- Date and time of your program
- Areas visited in the aquarium, including behind-the-scenes
- Featured animals or exhibits
- Private tour guides
- Private boat tours
- Animal encounters, expert guest speakers and more
The price of your package will vary based on the customizations you choose. Our team will help create a program to fit your budget. To find out if a customized program is right for you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-441-1790 ext. 229.
We require a minimum of two weeks to plan your custom experience. However, all custom experiences are based on availability.
Yes! You’re free to explore the Aquarium during our regular hours before or after your custom experience.
Party guests will be asked to check in at Will Call located on the 3rd level entrance of CMA to be met by your party coordinator, who will facilitate entrance into the Aquarium. The coordinator will be outside the entrance 15 minutes before the party is due to start. To decorate the room beforehand, you may arrive an hour prior to your booked party time. Additional time will not be provided in the party room if the party is late. All parties must end on time to facilitate the next party.
Full payment is due at time of booking and is non-refundable. Fees for additional guests will be charged the day of party.
Date changes must be made at least three weeks before the scheduled party. All changes made less than three weeks of the party date will incur a $100 fee in addition to the total party charge, payable on the date the change is made. If a requested date change is unavailable due to party bookings by other Clearwater Marine Aquarium patrons, unfortunately, the request must be considered a cancellation. We will be happy to place you on a waiting list. All cancellations can be re-booked but cannot receive a refund.
The rooms are booked for set times to allow time to clean for the next party, therefore you can only book the room for the set time. If you would like a longer or larger party, you can book two time slots or two rooms if space is available. If you go over your time limit, you will be charged $75 per ½ hour. Contact us for additional space requests
Parents may bring additional, suitable room decorations. Balloons and straws are not allowed in the aquarium. Provided decorations include tablecloths only.
The aquarium has a NO BALLOON policy. For the safety of our animals and the risk posed to our waterways. Other items not permitted: noise makers, live animals (i.e. goldfish as favors or pets)
Some additional table decorations and party favors can be added by the parent. Please contact Events for approval before you purchase any decorations.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium will provide all Food & Beverage for Birthday Parties. Outside Birthday cakes are permitted.