Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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Just across the Clearwater Memorial Causeway from one of America’s best beaches, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine attraction unlike any other.

Meet Winter, Hope and Their Rescued Friends at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Much more than an aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) has an ambitious mission to inspire people to care for the natural environment. Their work in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured marine animals is known internationally - in large part, because of the heartwarming and inspirational stories of CMA's rescued wildilfe, including Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail.

people watch dolphins swim at the new dolphin habitat at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

New and Exciting at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion that will triple the space the marine rescue facility has for wildlife rehabilitation. Part of that expansion is the just-opened Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex where Winter, Hope and their dolphin friends have settled in. The beautiful new habitat has a massive window - 16 feet tall and 40 feet wide - that allows amazing views of the dolphins.

  

Say what? There’s more news?! Clearwater Marine Aquarium is very excited to announce that it has several new resident dolphins, including two rough-toothed dolphins, a species rarely seen by humans because they inhabit deep waters. Rudolph (aka "Rudy") and Rex were rescued in different Florida locations. CMA is one of only two marine facilities in the world where visitors can view this species! Like bottlenose dolphins, they are gregarious creatures, however they are darker and significantly smaller. See the difference for yourself by visiting Rudy and Rex, then saying hello to Hemingway, a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin who has also become part of the facility's permanent family. All three dolphins have permanent hearing loss, meaning that they aren't able to use echolocation to find fish in the wild and must remain at CMA.

 

Psstt... we have even more news to report! Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club hotel is open (read more on this page)!

Winter and Hope, dolphins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Meet Winter and Hope

Don’t miss a chance to see Winter and her best friend Hope, dolphin celebrities and stars of the two Dolphin Tale movies. Winter’s story of injury, challenge and healing as well as her warm relationship with rescued friend, Hope, have inspired people from around the world. Winter was only about two months old when she was discovered by a fisherman after being caught in a crab trap line. Unfortunately, her tail was too damaged to be saved, but she learned to swim without a tail and eventually adapted to using an amazing prosthetic tail. Five years later, she was joined by Hope, who was also rescued as a baby.

otter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Other Animals You Can See at CMA

While CMA's dolphins are undoubtedly the big draw for visitors, the aquarium is also home to a number of other fascinating marine animals, including rescued loggerhead, green and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles (the rarest sea turtle species in the world). You can also see native Florida animals such as white pelicans, otters, sharks and stingrays.

dolphin and wildlife boat tour at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Dolphin and Wildlife Boat Tours

CMA’s Dolphin and Wildlife Boat Tour on scenic Clearwater Bay is wildly popular! Make a reservation to enjoy 60 minutes of boating bliss, with a naturalist narrating the trip. You’ll learn about St. Pete/Clearwater’s local dolphin population as well as other Florida wildlife along the way.

new safety measures such as physical distancing are in place at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Know Before You Go

Read about the extensive steps Clearwater Marine Aquarium is taking to keep you safe while visiting, and how to do your part. Also find answers to other FAQs such as hours, ticketing, amenities and more. CMA is currently limiting attendance to 25% of capacity, so it's a great time to visit! 

 
The view of Clearwater Pass from Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club,  a new hotel in Clearwater Beach

Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club Hotel is Open!

We know you love dolphins, sea turtles and otters, oh my! And now, your hotel stay can help support their care at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). To make things even more exciting, you'll be supporting the first CMA certified eco-friendly hotel on Clearwater Beach, which has just undergone a complete renovation and "reimagining." Book a room and enjoy beachfront views of Sand Key Park and Clearwater Pass - and a hotel interior that has a marine life theme.

A BEAUTY OF A BEACH CLUB

CMA in Photos

Check out the aquarium's many rehabilitated residents!

An animal care specialist works with a dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Best of Care

Animal care specialists provide excellent care for CMA's rehabilitated animals.

sea turtle at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Turtle Time

CMA is home to loggerhead, green and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles.

white pelicans at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Pelican Pals

See the aquarium's comical white pelicans.

sea turtle release with Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff

Back to the Gulf

CMA's mission is to release rehabilitated animals, such as this sea turtle.

Nicholas the rescued dolphin swims in a new dolphin habitat at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Nicholas Has a New Home!

Nicholas swims in CMA's new dolphin habitat, part of a major expansion at the attraction.

Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club hotel in Clearwater Beach

Marine Life-Themed Hotel

Expect marine animal art and ocean-inspired decorative touches at Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club.

Beachfront dining at Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club

Beachfront Dining at Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club

Enjoy a cool drink and a nice meal by the water.

Location & Contact

249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767
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Phone: 727-441-1790

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