Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to rehabilitation and release, environmental education, and bringing inspirational moments to people of all ages and backgrounds, most notably kids and wounded soldiers. Winter the dolphin and her story of survival after injury which caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011, featuring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr and Ashley Judd. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. Our mission and potential to change people's lives differentiate us from any other aquarium in the world.
The whole family will love visiting CMA, a place where you can get close and personal with resident dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, nurse sharks, pelicans and stingrays. Become a trainer for a day or get your picture taken with a dolphin. You can also join in feeding Rufus the pelican (of movie fame) or the many stingrays that live at the Aquarium. All provide a unique experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Want to know more about the important work the Aquarium does? Book a behind the scenes tour of the working marine hospital and learn more about the Aquarium's mission of Rescue, Rehab, and Release.