Be Inspired at Clearwater Marine Aquarium this Holiday Season

Come be inspired and learn about the ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation, and release at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Not your typical aquarium, this rescue center is home to Marine Life featured in the Dolphin Tale movies, filmed on location in Clearwater, Florida near the sandy shores of America’s #1 Beach.

A Successful Release



Last month, after receiving rehabilitation for several weeks at CMA, three sea turtles were successfully released. Sparkler was released at Fred Howard Park, while Toast and Loaf were released by University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue biologists in Homosassa. Learn more about their stories here!

Farewell, Rye!



Recently, our team released Rye, a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Rye was accidentally caught by a fisherman and ingested a large fish hook. After a full recovery, he was finally able to get released back into Florida waters! Learn more about Rye’s story.

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa!



Kick off the holiday season on December 3 at a festive Breakfast with Santa event like no other! Dive into the holiday spirit while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast including a variety of options for the whole family, including seasonal favorites and kid-friendly choices! Spend time with your loved ones in the enchanting marine-themed surroundings of our aquarium and even get your photo taken with Santa. All of this and more await you at this festive event!

A Sea of Holiday Joy!



It’s a Sea of Holiday Joy on weekends and select dates, Nov. 24 through Dec. 26 at CMA! See Santa underwater and then meet him in person for a memorable holiday photo opportunity, enjoy lights and decorations celebrating the season throughout the aquarium, and participate in fun holiday crafts and activities surrounded by marine life!

Pre-Order Your 2024 CMA Calendar! 🐬



The 2024 CMA calendar is now available for pre-order! Enjoy an inspiring look at CMA’s resident animals and other amazing marine life each month. Receive a copy of our 2024 calendar with your gift of $24 and help support our rescue and conservation efforts throughout the year!

Now Extended: Sea-sonal Pass!



Now through November 15, get a Sea-son pass for only $40 and visit CMA as many times as you want through December 31, 2023. Spend the end of 2023 with all of your favorite rescued animals!

CMA is Now on zoolife!



Now, you can keep up with your favorite rescued dolphins on Zoolife! Control the camera, zoom in, and take clips of your favorite moments. Zoolife subscribers can also join live talks with CMA animal experts and watch 80 species across diverse habitats worldwide!

Plan a Birthday Party!



Celebrate a birthday with family and friends at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Birthday party packages include admission to CMA, themed party decor, birthday cupcakes, and more! Plus, with add-on options, guests can have a dance party with Sharky or enjoy Slime Time with Professor Peduncle. A birthday at CMA is sure to be one to remember!

Happy Manatee Awareness Month!



Clearwater Marine Aquarium held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Manatee Rehabilitation Center in April. This center will allow CMA to accept manatees recovering from the effects of food and habitat loss, red tide exposure, boat strike wounds, cold stress, and more. Conservation of this species is vital as manatees are vulnerable to extinction and serve an important role in maintaining the health of their ecosystems. This new center will offer manatee rehabilitation and care while giving guests the opportunity to learn more about the species and view stable rehabilitated manatees as they prepare to be released back into the wild.

Funding for this project is made possible by the State of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Duke Energy Foundation, John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program and private donors.

Come see our rescue work in person and visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium during your time in Florida, best known for our rescued resident bottlenose dolphins we feature exciting events all year long.

Get ready to hear firsthand about resident-rescued animals with our new audio tour! The self-guided tour is included with admission and has 26 curated stops which are marked throughout the facility. Guests also have the option to select a children’s or adult version, sponsored by BayCare, while braille devices and headsets for individuals with hearing impairments are also available.