Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium
Tampa, FL
Date of Visit: October 2011
Cost: $21.95 Adult (We got in for $10.98!)
Hours: 9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Early on living in Tampa we checked out our local zoo and local aquarium. We already posted about the Lowry Park Zoo and now comes our review of the Florida Aquarium.
We enjoyed this trip very much and got in for 50% off on our FONZ membership! It is an AZA reciprocal admission zoo. The full list of those zoos and aquariums can be found here
Highlights: The zoo is right in downtown Tampa and easy to get to. It is extremely affordable, especially with any AZA zoo membership. That membership gets you 50% off admission! They had a lot of moray eels which are pictured below. Noland and I love these crazy looking animals. The other animals in the coral reef looked fascinating. The shark dive was also very cool. Take a look at the goliath grouper in our picture what a big one. The Wetlands part of the exhibit was a fun area and we loved the animals here, especially the otters!
Lowlights: Our pictures came out horrible, but that is not the aquariums fault. All of the pictures in this blog post are actually from the aquariums website because our did not come out that well. Ocean Commotion was to cheesy for us. We will see if our kids like it when they come, but it was too cheesy for us. We missed the penguin promenade and there is no exhibit for it. If you want to see the penguins be sure to ask someone when they are coming out.
More Pictures
Goliath Grouper
Exhibit in Ocean Commotion
Shark Dive!
You can swim with fishes for an additional fee. We chose not to do this, maybe next time.
We missed these guys, but they sure look cool
Top of the Wetlands Exhibit
River Otter

We gave this place a 3 out of 5 elephants!!
It was a very good aquarium. However, it is nowhere near the Baltimore Aquarium or Sea World. Definitely above average though. If you like aquariums and are in the Tampa area check it out. Stay tuned for our Sarasota Aquarium review in our next post though and check which one you would rather visit. If you can only go to one zoo in the Tampa Area I would suggest Busch Gardens or Lowry Park. Or making the hour drive over to Animal Kingdom.
Let us know what you think of this post or the Florida Aquarium!

Signing off ♥jen


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  2. Wow realmente Florida Aquarium es un lugar muy agradable y sorprendente. MI amigo visitó este acuario de sierra en caimanes, nutrias, dos pitones birmanas gigantes, Arrecifes de Coral Gallery. Este acuario es tan altamente clasificado para exposiciones. Es partes exteriores atractivos pueden ser cerradas debido a las condiciones meteorológicas. La parte Humedales de la exposición era una zona de diversión y nos encantaron los animales. Para más detalles: http://www.carrospararentar.com/blog/el-acuario-de-la-florida/


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