So when we were planning our Florida trip we had heard that TripAdvisor.com had ranked The Florida Aquarium in the top 10 Aquariums in the country and that Parents Magazine had ranked it in the top 5 “Kid-Friendly Aquariums.” So after reading that we were immediately intrigued and added it to our must see list. Lucky for us it was one of the attractions on the Go Orlando Go Pass. Score!!!
Florida Aquarium, located in Tampa was established in 1995 and has over 7,000 pants and animals. Amazing right? We had so much fun when we visited. The kids really did enjoy exploring all an interactive and educational things their was to do. They got the chance to come face to face with sea life that is native to the waters of Florida and the surrounding area. It was an amazing experience.
Now, one of the great things about the Florida Aquarium is that they have lots of information so that the kids could learn about the animals, their habitats and their endangerment statuses. It was really educational. The aquarium has two floors and is divided into different sections.They also have a gift shop, a restaurant and a 4D theater.
You can travel the Wetlands Trail and get the feeling of walking through the marshes of Florida. While on this trail you can see alligators, otters, snakes and free-flying birds. The birds were just walking around everywhere. It was really cool here. For a second we forgot we were indoors it just made you feel like you were outside in the actual marshes of Florida.
You can visit with the ring-tailed lemurs when you go through the Journey to Madagascar. They were super cute! You can also you’ll see chameleons and geckos . Have you ever seen a hissing cockroach? Well, here at the Florida Aquarium you can even crawl inside a tree full of hissing cockroaches! My son got so scared when he went in yet he had so much fun! When you walk into the Madagascar area you have to walk over a glass panel on the floor. The kids got a kick out of this.
You can visit the Coral Reef area! Here you will see different touching tanks where you can touch star fish and coral. It’s really nice here you get to see all the different types of coral reefs that they have. It’s really interesting and educational.
We really enjoyed the Bays and Beach area. Here you can see a 300 pound Goliath grouper, spiny lobsters and you get to touch string-rays at Stingray Beach! It was amazing to see Cleatus! The kids really enjoyed touching the sting rays. They had fun trying to touch them as they passed by.
You can also see a garden of eels. Now this is super cool to see. It was a first for us. Have any of you seen a garden of eels?
You can visit with the penguins at Penguin Point.
You can even get the chance to dive with the shark or swim with the fishes. You can also have some other adventures for an extra fee. When we were visiting we got to see some divers in the tank with the sharks. it was really cool to see. The kids were so excited when the shark would pass by the divers.
Make sure you bring your towel and water clothes so you can visit the splash pad in the Water Fun Zone. The kids can play under water dump buckets and spray zones. They even have a cute little water play area for toddlers.
If you enjoy visiting aquariums you should totally visit the Florida aquarium. You will really enjoy it. This is a great way to spend about 3 hours. Oh you have to pay $10 for parking when you visit. Parking isn’t included in the Go Orlando Go Pass. Have you been? What did you think about it?