Tired of the theme parks, dinner and theaters, and other typical tourist destinations in Florida? Then come and visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium instead! CMA offers a variety of fun-filled water adventure for you and the whole family. Grab the chance of this extraordinary experience of feeding stingrays, playing with dolphins or making friends with the other aquatic species. You can even have your picture taken with a dolphin! Or you can explore marine life by taking the famous sea life safari boat tour. The end of the tour does not finish your participation to the conservation of marine life. You can actually adopt an animal and help CMA achieve its mission of helping these beautiful creatures survive.
CMA is a one-of-a-kind amusement venue since it values not only enjoyment but also wildlife conservation. Since its opening in Clearwater Beach, Florida in 1972, it has been committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine animals that were injured both in the wild and domestically. It also promotes animal-assisted therapy and marine education that are open to the public. Its doors are also open for researchers and marine biologists who want to study their in-house aquatic animals.
CMA houses 3 North American river otters, 4 green sea turtles, 4 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, 1 Hawksbill sea turtle, 12 Cownose rays, 2 Southern stingrays, 2 Nurse shark, and lots of fishes such as Hogfish, Gag, an d Red drum. It is also the home for 4 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins– one of which is Winter who was rescued in December 2005 after her tail was caught in a crab trap. Since then, she was forced to continue life without a tail, but thanks to CMA, she was given a prosthetic tail which helped her swim more conveniently. The prosthetic tail caught worldwide attention to the organization, and Winter became an instant celebrity. In 2011, she actually starred in the film entitled Dolphin Tale.
What’s more exciting is that you can actually hold your own party at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Spend your special day with the friendly marine animals, and have a fun-filled party with the unique combination of music, food, marine facility, dolphin show, and a beautiful view of the waterside deck. You can use the entire facility or book for just a few rooms. Events accommodated are themed parties, private parties, charitable events, special holiday functions, banquets and award ceremonies, corporate meetings, professional associations, and conference or symposiums.
General admission includes an entry to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, and a free Jolly Trolley ride to and from. To book a tour, just visit their website. Adoption packages are also accessible at their website. Some examples of adoption packages are the Friend Package ($30), which is inclusive of an Adoption folder with a bio of the animal, customized letter and certificate, monthly animal e-updates, and monthly CMA e-newsletter, and Guardian Package ($80), which entitles you with same items as with the Friend Package, plus plush animal, documentary DVD, and tote bag.