Clearwater Marine Aquarium has just completed a multi-million dollar expansion that's tripled 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, including Rudy and Rex, two rough-toothed dolphins, a species rarely seen by humans.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium also has a brand-new exhibit called Whales: Living with Giants that will run March 21 through April 31. Through multi-media exhibits, visitors will be immersed in the undersea world of some of the world's largest - and most gentle - creatures. The new attraction includes a life-sized whale gallery, an interactive zone for kids and a virtual reality eperience.
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.WINTER'S WEBCAM
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.CRITTER COUNT
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.BOAT TOURS
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!
Book a room here at this eco-friendly hotel on Clearwater Beach - your stay will help support animal care at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Enjoy beachfront views of Sand Key Park and Clearwater Pass along with a hotel interior that features a marine life theme.A BEAUTY OF A BEACH CLUB
Check out the aquarium's many rehabilitated residents!