Address
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767
phone: 727-441-1790
fax: 727-447-4922
e-mail: info@cmaquarium.org
web: www.seewinter.com
Hours
Hours of Operation for Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA)
Daily9 AM - 6 PM
Closed: Christmas Day, Thanksgiving; Close Early: Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve
Admissions

Adults - $19.95
Children(ages 3 - 12) - $14.95
Seniors(60+) - $17.95

Adult: $7.95
Child (3-12) $4.95
Senior (60+) $6.95

Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff

Description

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to restoring and preserving our marine life and environment through leadership in education, research and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life. Visit www.SeeWinter.com to see speaker series lectures planned for the entire year. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin's story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie, Dolphin Tale, about her life story was a #1 box office hit in theaters, and is now available in DVD. Produced by Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment, Dolphin Tale stars Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ashley Judd. Her documentary, "Winter: The Dolphin that Could," is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The documentary takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.

Mission

Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, & release of marine life. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

History

In 1972, a group of dedicated volunteers decided it was time to establish a permanent marine biology learning center in our area. The Sea-Orama, a mounted fish exhibit at Clearwater Marina, had been in storage for several years. Hoping for a larger exhibit, perhaps with live animals to observe, we were incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the name Clearwater Marine Science Center (CMSC). Soon a search for a site was underway for the prospective inside building facility.

In 1978, the city of Clearwater agreed to donate our current facility, an abandoned water treatment plant, to CMSC. With its huge holding tanks and bayside location, the building was a perfect fit for a marine facility's needs. In 1979, marine biologist Dennis Kellenberger was hired as CMSC's Executive Director; his main duties were teaching classes and spearheading a massive remodeling effort. Summer camp classes for youngsters which are operated by the CMA Education Department have been extraordinarily popular here ever since.

Little by little, the cement and steel building was modified for aquarium purposes and in 1980 was granted a USDA Research Facility permit, allowing it to prepare two 65,000 gallon tanks for the rehabilitation of dolphins, whales and sea turtles. In 1981, the first exhibit room, featuring fish from the original Sea-Orama, was opened to the public. Over the next few years, thanks to individual and corporate donations and immense volunteer efforts, CMSC continued to grow. Many animals were cared for, and in 1984 an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named "Sunset Sam" was rescued and given a permanent home at the center. In the 1990's, as renovations continued to provide more public area and education programs, our name was changed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) to reflect the increasing level of community interaction.

Today, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an internationally respected center for animal care, public education and marine research. Yet, in spite of tremendous growth and a global presence, we also remain a "neighborhood" aquarium, a place where children and adults alike can visit anytime to wonder at the unending diversity, grace and beauty of the creatures of the sea. We invite everyone to visit often and soon to share in the environmental excellence and caring of our waters and marine life, no matter where you may live.

Educational Programs

Educational Planner

Clearwater Marine Aquarium has developed an educational planner. This planner is designed to introduce you to the many options offered by CMA for the 2012-2013 school year and to help you make the most of your experiences. Please feel free to download this helpful guide by clicking the link below. http://www.seewinter.com/assets/Education/2012_2013_educational_planner.pdf

    Facilities

    Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, Downtown Clearwater

    Clearwater Aquarium, Clearwater Beach

    Lecture Halls

    Performance Areas

    Governance

    Private Non-Profit

    ADA

    Parking

    Parking for guests with disabilities is located in the CMA parking lot near the Main Entrance on a first-come, first-served basis for guests with an authorized disabled government-parking permit and in the North parking lot at Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure in downtown Clearwater. Disabled parking signs designate these parking areas and some spaces are van accessible. All cars parked in these specially reserved disabled parking areas without a permit are subject to applicable laws for removal/towing. CMA cannot issue or authorize temporary disabled parking permits.

    Scripts

    Scripts outlining the dialogue in our presentations are available at Guest Services desk and ticket windows. Guests may ask a staff member or volunteer for assistance. CMA will provide written scripts for all of our animal presentations so that a deaf person can understand the story of each animal and what is being said about them.

    Sign Language Interpreting

    With a two-week advance notice (14 days), sign language interpreting services will be made available at CMA and/or Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure at no charge. To arrange for sign language interpreting services the guest should contact us at 727-441-1790 and ask for Guest Services or e-mail us at frontdesk@cmaquarium.org.

    Captioning

    Caption monitoring is not available at this time but is planned in future presentations. Guests should contact us prior to their visit to determine availability

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Take a look at CMA’s Wonders From the Deep online store!

    Net proceeds from every purchase go directly to our mission here at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is to restore and preserve our marine environment. Buying our online products helps us save more marine life and take care of Winter and our other animals. Come on in and explore these exciting quality products from the official CMA store!

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Restaurant

    Group Tours