Pinellas Trail side trip – Clearwater Marine Aquarium

From the Pinellas Trail going North, Turn left onto Franklin St for 0.1 mi, then Turn left onto S Garden Ave for 371 ft, next Turn right onto Court St for 0.2 mi, Slight right at Oak Ave for 1.5 mi, Slight right onto Island Way for 443 ft, Turn left onto Windward Psge, Destination will be on the left 0.1 mi. Well worth the few miles out of your way.

This is not Sea World! Visitors that think it’s an amusement park are going to be sadly disappointed. It a place with excellent staff that is dedicated to caring for sea life, a research marine facility.  It’s a must for learning about the environment and helping our ecosystem. Makes you aware of what’s going on in the world. The entrance fee goes to support their non-profit mission of rescue, rehabilitate, and return.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

This is not a marine park that exploits animals for profit, so this is a perfect way to get up close and personal with sea life as they are a non profit rescue hospital. They remind you often that they are not an entertainment facility. Everything is for the best interest of the animal. Enjoy every second of your visit to CMA and you won’t be able to wait to return again in the future!

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit working animal hospital whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and/or injured marine animals. CMA is also home to “Winter”, the famous dolphin without a tail who has inspired people around the world.

So after a half days ride from the beginning of the Pinellas Trail you will find this a welcome stop and who knows, you might learn something!


Florida Resident Kids (3-12) only $5.95!

Dolphin Shows * Bright House Atlantis theatre *  Shark Feedings * Touch Stingrays * Otter Feedings

CMA Hours of Operations
Monday thru Thursday
9am to 5pm
Friday & Saturday

9am to 7pm
10am to 5pm


Adult $17.95
Senior (60+) 14.95
Child (3-12) 11.95
Sea Life Safari
Adult 25.95
Senior (60+) 22.95
Child (3-12) 16.95
Sea Life Safari Combo
Adult 36.90
Senior (60+) 32.90
Child (3-12) 24.90
Eco-tour Combo
Adult 47.85
Senior (60+) 42.85
Child (3-12) 32.85
BTS Tour Combo
Adult 28.90
Senior (60+) 24.90
Child (3-12) 19.90
Group Rates
Adult 9.50
Senior/Junior 8.50
Child 7.50

Beaching Photo75.00Photo Encounter30.00


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3 Responses to Pinellas Trail side trip – Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  1. Ross-Barry Finlayson says:

    Steve, these guys deserve all the accolades and support they get.I like these places as they are helping us appreciate the other life-forms that inhabit this planet and, just as important,they are not exploiting their guests. Thank you for bringing this to us. I shall share this blog so others can read and appreciate.

    • Flodida Biking says:

      What is really sad Barry , going to their web site and seeing all the negative comments like, we had more fun at Sea World. Tourist… They are why I don’t pay any income taxes but sometimes, I wish they would leave their money at the border and go home.

      • Ross-Barry Finlayson says:

        My feelings exactly Steve. Too much attention is payed to the tourist dollar with no regard for for other issues.

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