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Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

1. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

Tampa: ZooQuarium Ticket

2. Tampa: ZooQuarium Ticket

Receive double the fun with full access to both the ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the Florida Aquarium in a single Price Ticket. Enjoy all-day access to the ZooTampa at Lowry Park which includes the family-friendly Water Play Areas, Carousel Circle, and Tiger Family Roller Coaster as well as their 5 Wildlife continent habitats: (Florida Wildlife, Asian Gardens, Wallaroo Station, Primate World, and Safari Africa). Then, head out to the Florida Aquarium to experience one of the top Aquariums in the United States with thousands of amazing sea creatures, terrestrial animals and plants. Explore all the Aquarium exhibits and daily scheduled activities, the outdoor plaza which includes The Splash Pad, Fins Bar, and the Four Ducks 4-D theater.

SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

3. SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes to life like no place else. With the combo ticket options available, you can also enjoy the thrills of Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. SeaWorld Connect with the ocean at SeaWorld, watching killer whales leap at the One Ocean show, racing like a ray on Manta the ride, entering the all-new thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and sharing an epic voyage with sea turtles at TurtleTrek. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show One Ocean. Orcas jump skyward, dancing fountains dot the water, and a Splash Zone seat gives you submerged views of killer whales flapping their fins and drenching you with water. For fast thrills, the Manta flying roller coaster tilts you parallel to the ground and sends you headfirst on a twisting, plunging trip that starts with an inverted nosedive. At Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, you’ll glide past ethereal, icy sights on a trackless ride to a no-glass penguin exhibit, which gets you closer to the charming birds and lets you experience their ideal, frosty conditions. Aquatica Orlando From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's Waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind park is home to some of the world's most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Busch Gardens Tampa Take your family to Busch Gardens Tampa, a place where fun comes naturally. Everyone can enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides. Race like a cheetah aboard Cheetah Hunt, or dive face down at 60 mph on Falcon's Fury, America's tallest freestanding drop tower. Adventure Island Treat your family to a tropical oasis, where the fun never sets. Enjoy thrilling rides, chilling slides and splashes to delight everyone. Swirl down the wild tubes of Caribbean Corkscrew, swoosh the 210-foot GulfScream descent or race to the finish on Riptide. Little ones will find adventure too at Fabian’s Funport, with fountains, splash zones and water slides perfect for pint-sized summer fun.

Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

4. Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

Experience wildlife like nowhere else! Voted Tampa’s Best Family Attraction and 11-time winner of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, this tour offers unforgettable adventures for all ages. Enjoy an amazing, lush tropical setting with naturalistic habitats that provide up-close connections with animals from around the world. Come nose-to-nose with an endangered Florida Panther. Witness life-saving care of majestic manatees in the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center. Go on a safari ride through Africa. Take a thrilling plunge on Roaring Springs, and so much more. In addition to offering moments of unforgettable connections, the tour is a champion for wildlife, dedicated to the conservation of endangered and threatened species. Most notably, it is home to one of only four manatee rehabilitation centers in the United States, treating over 500 manatees since 1991. Discover the number one facility in the world for the care of sick and injured endangered Florida panthers and recognize the team and the animals for a well-known hit series.

Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

5. Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando, delights all ages. You’ll find 59-acres of water-filled fun, with everything from up-close animal encounters to thrilling rides and 80,000 square-feet of white sand beaches available. If you're looking to kick back and relax, look no further. While the family takes thrilling spills on body slides and raft rides, you can take a moment to relax on some of Aquatica's more laid back attractions. Enjoy lazy rivers, beaches and more at Aquatica. We know planning a day for your littlest adventurers can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled together a list of kid-friendly attractions that your little ones are sure to love. Whether your family includes tiny tykes or independent adventurers, you're sure to find play areas fit for the whole family.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

6. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

7. Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

Find something for everyone at Adventure Island®, whether your idea of water play is serene or extreme. Find something for everyone with over 10 waterslides, a wave pool and kids’-friendly area. For the adrenaline junkie in you, try out state-of-the-art rides and slides at the speed you wish. Pick any of the 10 water slides and embrace the twists, turns, drops, and surprises along the way. For the super adventurous, give Vanish Point® or the Colossal Curl® a whirl. Spend time in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool before heading to the half-mile lazy river for a relaxing float downriver. Kids can splash around freely in family-friendly areas, such as the Paradise Lagoon® area or Fabian’s Fun Port®. With kid-friendly water slides, jungle gyms and attractions there is plenty to provide the entire family with a day of fun.

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My daughter and I had a hard time finding parking but once that part of our trip was figured out, we had such a great time. We walked up to guest services and I pulled up my ticket on my phone Lady scanned it and we went straight inside were we was greeted by a lady that told us how to get around the aquarium. We enjoyed our day. My daughter had just turned 3 last week and she and I was both able to touch jelly fish, sting rays, and we was able to get through the whole place in about 2.5 hours this included playing on the splash pad. We will come back a visit the aquarium with other family members because we really did enjoy our time. Because of hurricane Ian the 4D movie was closed and there wasn’t any food areas open. Since we was not allowed to bring food inside the gates when she said hungry we took off pretty quick.

I always enjoy time at Sea World!! Being around all of those wonderful creatures makes me feel so at peace! I wish the dolphin and orca experiences could be a little longer. But I know there are rules to be followed.

I had never seen an aquarium with as many things to see and watch. The tour was absolutely awesome. Let there be no doubt I will be taking my grandchildren to the aquarium when they come to visit me in Florida.

THE zoo was large and nicely filled with various animals We spent 3.5 hours there and got to see Elephants and tigers not seen at other zoos.The painted dogs were nice to see as well.Lots of storks

Easy and cheaper than the Aquarium website. Just scan the barcode at the entrance. They also have free luggage storage for cruise passengers since it’s only one block away