Street Address
800 2nd Avenue NE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Mailing Address
800 Second Ave. NE, Suite 2001
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
phone: 727-895-7437
fax: 727-894-1212
The Pier Aquarium
A community marine education center and private, non-profit aquarium located on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Closed on Christmas Day,Dec. 25.
Sunday12 PM - 6 PM
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 8 PM
Our Touch Tank Experience and Fish Feeding (guests are invited to help) is from 1-4pm daily.
Daily: $5 adult, $4 student (7+) and senior(65+)
Children 6 and under are free at all times.
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
E. Howard Rutherford, President/CEO
phone: 727-803-9799
Butch Ringelspaugh, Curator of Exhibits
phone: 727-895-7437 x215
Patty Zimmermann, Office Adminstrator
phone: 727-803-9799 x201


Surrounded by the teeming sea life of Tampa Bay, The Pier Aquarium is a 2,000 sq. ft. private, nonprofit aquarium with "live" and static exhibits and fully functional outdoor marine education center located on the second floor of The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Our newest exhibit, "Counting on Fish," includes an interactive touch screen, a sportfish aquarium, a Discovery Cube, an exhibit of fine art by Wildlife Artist Diane Rome Peebles and a display explaining the artistic process she undertakes drawing and painting scientific illustrations.


To enhance the public's understanding of the value and fragility of the local and global marine environment through research, education and personal experiences.


The Pier Aquarium wasd founded in 1988 as a cooperative effort led by Peter Betzer, Ph.D., then dean of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF-CMS)and Larry Arnold, assistant to Robert L. Ulrich, Mayor of St. Petersburg, to highlight and bring attention to the marine research being conducted in and around Tampa Bay. Funding sponsors included: USF-CMS, National Marine Fisheries Services, Florida Sea Grant, Pinellas County School, Florida Progress, Inc. St. Petersburg Times and Chase Bank of Florida.

Artifacts Collections

Living exhibits: Atlantic Ocean tank, Invertebrates Tank, Pacific Ocean Tank, Pacific Coral Tank, Touch Tanks (echinoderms, sharks, lobsters), Sea horse tank plus three cylindrical tanks in the first floor lobby of The Pier.

Research Collections

We have more than 200 books and magazines about marine life. Many are for children and are books of fiction. Visitors can read books at our quarterly Book Nook by the Bay events.


Private Non-Profit


  • Fresh Fish Quarterly Newsletter


Metered and valet parking is available on The Pier approach and in two city parking lots, Pelican and Dolphin, located 1/4 mile away from the building. Red trolleys pick up visitors to The Pier. The aquarium has created a "deaf docent" guide that will provide a "tour" in American Sign Language for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing in the fall 2009. The program uses a split screen media tablet that will display a signed "script" with corresponding high-resolution photos of animals in our Touch Tank. Restrooms for the aquarium are located on the first floor of The Pier.

Wheelchair Accessible




Gift Shop