Your adventure begins under a spectacular glass dome, home to freshwater fish, free- flying birds, playful otters, alligators and a host of inhabitants of Floridaâ€™s wetlands. From freshwater springs to swamps and mangrove forests, youâ€™ll explore many fascinating habitats. This unique exhibit explores the world of aquariums â€“ the science, art, history, business, fun and fascination of keeping fish in tanks. Walk through the home of an â€œaquariumaniacâ€, someone who is crazy about fish, and get ideas on creating your own home aquarium. From slowly moving bay waters out to tidal shorelines, see the many inhabitants of Floridaâ€™s coastal areas. Look carefully for seahorses, snook, sharks, lobsters, invertebrates and even a 200 pound goliath grouper. See feedings at the beach exhibit. Invertebrates are spineless creatures! Stop by the S.C.U.M. tank to see and touch sea stars, crustaceans, urchins and mollusks. Check out sea shells and even try one on. See a food fight as the worldâ€™s most incredible creatures go hunting. Level 1 Level 2 Going away from land your adventure goes deeper as you descend through shallows, tunnels, reef walls and caves until you come to a panoramic view of a coral reef. See hundreds of fish, sharks and other creatures swimming by. Take a plunge down under and see Australian sea dragons â€“ the leafy and the weedy are among the worldâ€™s most unique creatures. And get nose to snout with their aquatic â€œcousinsâ€ â€“ seahorses, pipefish and others that slurp to survive. Experience the most high-tech gallery in the country! Immerse yourself in an interactive experience using state of the art technology like â€œsmart Wi-Fi,â€ floor-to- ceiling virtual displays, animation and multi- media presentations. If you have seen all the aquatic creatures â€“ itâ€™s your turn to get wet. This outdoor play area is filled with water jets, climb-on animals, a pirate ship with cannons, wave water slide and a place just for toddlers â€“ Shipwreck Shore. Wetlands Dragons Down Under Dive with the Sharks! Certified SCUBA divers, age 15 and older, come face-to- face with live sharks! See Guest Services in the lower lobby for more information. Daily dives in Coral Reef. SPONSORS: NAUI, The National Association of Underwater Instructors Swim with the Fishes Join hundreds of colorful fish in the spectacular Coral Reef tank and become the main attraction! No experience necessary. For people comfortable in the water ages six and older. See Guest Services in the lower lobby for more information. Swim daily. SPONSORS: Zeagle Systems, Inc. Shark Feeding: Behind the Scenes Allows guests age 12 and older the chance to walk in the steps of a shark biologist, as they prepare, feed and learn about these often misunderstood predators of the deep. See Guest Services in the lower lobby for more information. Sundays and Tuesdays. Wild Dolphin Ecotour Journey through the bay aboard The Florida Aquariumâ€™s Bay Spirit II and experience the awesome animals that thrive in these local waters. The only requirement is a sense of adventure. A good pair of binoculars is optional. The daily Ecotours are 90-minutes long. See Guest Services in the lower lobby for more information. Tours daily. Penguins Backstage Pass The African Black-Footed Penguin Encounter is a new 30-minute Behind the Scenes experience giving guests the opportunity to interact with penguins in an up-close and personal setting. Led by an experienced penguin biologist, a typical visit may include a chance to touch the penguins, see them waddle, swim, shake their tails and jump in and out of their interaction pool. While there, our biologist will describe these remarkable birds and their specialized care. See Guest Services in the lower lobby for more information. Backstage Passes offered daily. SPONSORS: IERNAâ€™s Heating and Cooling Explore A Shore Set sail for phenomenal family adventure as kids splash, play and spray the day away at Explore A Shore, our outdoor water fun zone! This 2.2-acre water park has slides, gushing geysers and pirate ship with working water cannons. Changing rooms and restrooms are located outside near Shipwreck Shore. Need a bathing suit or sunscreen? We have access to the gift shop outside. Touch Tanks Have a hands-on experience with live rays and Bamboo sharks in the 5,000-gallon tank in the downstairs lobby or in the Pacific waters No Bone Zone located on the 2nd floor lobby. Shows and Feedings Plan your visit around the popular and interactive dive shows held daily at the Coral Reef panoramic window and Shark Bay. See and hear divers put on a show in the midst of sharks, moray eels, sea turtles and more! Catch a close-up look at owls, alligators, snakes and other animals at the Wetlands Stage in the Wetlands Gallery. Get a glimpse of animals eating at one of several feedings throughout the day. Check your Program Schedule insert for daily show and feeding times. The Florida Aquarium strives to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 days a week Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Please, no outside food or drink. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602 (813) 273-4000 www.flaquarium.org Annual Events May SeaGrapes Wine Tasting - 1st Saturday in May (ages 21 and older) June â€“ August Summer Camps July 4 Fourth of July Celebration with extended hours and fireworks October Brews By The Bay / Oktoberfest - 2nd Friday in October (ages 21 and older) Guppyween â€“ Trick-or-Treat throughout the Aquarium December 31 Aqua-Eve, a New Yearâ€™s Eve Celebration (ages 21 and older) See Guest Services in the lower lobby or visit www.flaquarium.org for more information. BECOME A MEMBER! | Enjoy visits to the Aquarium year-round along with many other benefits. Cash in your tickets today towards a family membership. For more information call (813) 273-4030. CAFE RAY | Enjoy deli sandwiches, assorted gourmet pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, chicken and more. Full line of bottled and fountain drinks. Member discounts honored on all purchases. CARIBBEAN CANTINA | Located in Explore A Shore, this dining area provides a place for parents to enjoy food and drinks while they relax and watch their children play. GIFT SHOP | Discover aquatic treasures and unique souvenirs in the gift shop! Member discounts honored on all purchases. ADOPT AN ANIMAL | Help us feed and care for the animal species of your choice for one year. Call (813) 273-4000 for information. JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM | Work with us to support the Aquariumâ€™s mission and purpose. Call (813) 273-4121 for more information. CELEBRATE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM | From elegant sit-down dinners to casual receptions, events held at the Aquarium are truly memorable. For more information call (813) 273-4056. SLEEPOVERS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND MORE! | Create a memory that will last a lifetime by having your childâ€™s birthday party at the Aquarium. Member discount and group rates available. Call the Education Department at (813) 273-4015. SUMMER CAMPS & EDUCATION | The Florida Aquarium offers fun, hands-on educational programs for all ages, teachers, families, tots, scouts and more! We also offer summer and school-year camps. For more information call the Education Department at (813) 273-4015. CONSERVATION PROGRAMS | The Florida Aquarium works with a variety of partners to rehabilitate, enhance, research and conserve Floridaâ€™s natural environment. For more information about the places and programs listed above see Guest Services in the lower lobby or visit our web site at www.flaquarium.org.