There’s no better place in the country to learn about marine life than Florida. Florida is home to hundreds of different species of fish, marine mammals, and coral. Many cities have at least one aquarium or marine science center, especially those near the coast. There are several wonderful aquariums in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area in particular. Aquariums are also common along the coast of south Florida, stretching from West Palm Beach to Miami to Key West.

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Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium is located in Fort Myers, Florida and offers a day of hands on activities to keep everyone entertained includes everything from a Sea life touch tank with stingrays and more and other aquarium exhibits to a dino discover dig, animal encounters, science stations, and much more. 

The mission of the the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida’s marine environment.

The Marine Discovery Center is located on the Indian River Lagoon in New Smyrna Beach offering education programs, camps, dolphin tours and more. The goal of MDC is to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship.

Marine Science Center is located in Volusia County and offers an experience into Florida's marine environments with a hands on touch tank and more. The main goals of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation and seabird rehabilitation. The center includes educational activites and programs. 

Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the world's first oceanarium, offers a 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. Choose from a variety of interactive programs, which range from those for land-loving guests to enjoy dolphins up-close, to those that offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dolphins' aquatic world as you swim with our gentle residents. 

SeaLife Aquarium is located in Orlando and offers an interactive experience with sealife including endangered animals, sea turtles and more. 

 

The Pier Aquarium is a private aquarium and marine education science center located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at The Pier on the waterfront. Features hands-on activities including a fresh fish theater, touch tank experience and more. 

The Science Center revolves around a simple premise: science is exciting! This center features a planetarium, large aquariums, interactive exhibits, and programs based around science and technology. 

Home of Winter and Hope, the inspirational Dolphins of Dolphin Tales 1 & 2. This well-known aquarium focuses on rescue, rehab and release. "Clearwater Marine Aquarium is fundamentally a hospital for sick and injured marine life.  However, what we do is so much more.  We inspire the human spirit, through the animals and their stories of survival, which touch all of us. " 

Discovery Cove is part of Sea World Parks & Entertainment in Orlando. This all-inclusive day resort gives you and your family an unforgettable experience with exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters - all in one day.  

The Key West Aquarium is located in Key West's famous Mallory Square and is a fun attraction for people of all ages. Featuring a touch tank, shark feedings, stingray bay, alligators, jellyfish and more. The Key West Aquarium is committed to helping protect the endangered sea turtles. The Aquarium is associated with the Turtle Hospital and Florida Sea Turtle Stranding Network working to helping protect the endangered sea turtles and nursing and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. 

The Florida Aquarium is located on the waterfront in downtown Tampa whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. One of the top Aquariums in the country it is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The Florida Aquarium has more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more with hands on animal encounters, outdoor water adventure zone and even take a catamaran dolphin cruise!