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The Florida Aquarium Splashes into Summer with New Exhibit, Experiences and Returning Favorites

| 6/11/2019

TAMPA, Fla (June 11, 2019) --- It’s going to be a hot summer and the coolest place to be is The Florida Aquarium! With a new exhibit and adventures, the Aquarium is sure to create an experience of a lifetime for guests of all ages. We hope you are ready to explore!
 
The Florida Aquarium is welcoming summer with access to a mesmerizing new experiences, along with a few returning favorites, designed to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation of the natural world.
 
Don’t miss - Moon Bay — our brand-new moon jelly touch experience. Gently touch and have a close encounter with a hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. Here at the Aquarium, you can also interact with stingrays, bamboo sharks, sea stars and lots of other encounters – designed to surprise, educate and delight. Afterwards, cool off at our refreshing Splash Pad; watch the Aquarium premiere of Octonauts: Amazon Adventure 4D® which is the latest 4D Experience® to début at the 4-D theater, and so much more.
 
“Nothing is more powerful than the chance to look nature in the eye, up-close and personal. It sparks the imagination that can become a life-long connection to animals and this beautiful blue planet that we share,” said Kari Goetz, vice president of external relations at The Florida Aquarium. “We have the tremendous privilege of being the passport that connects nearly 800,000 guests a year to the biology and ecosystems of the natural world. This summer, we look forward to sharing even more opportunities that inspire curiosity and conservation for the natural environment.”

Now, more than ever, there are so many reasons to visit The Florida Aquarium:
 
Touch a moon jelly at Moon Bay. Get a feel for the Aquarium’s newest interactive jelly touch experience. Don’t miss out on this new exhibit which is the fourth of its kind in North America!

Experience the Waves of Wonder gallery featuring the Heart of the Sea exhibit.Discover ocean jellies, watch a giant Pacific octopus, and visit colorful clownfish as they look out from their sea anemones homes. Learn about the Aquarium’s conservation field work that saves coral reefs, sea turtles, and sharks with the Heart of the Sea display.

Cool off at The Splash Pad. Bring a swimsuit and towel for the kids and soak up the Florida sun while making a splash in the outdoor kids’ water play area with spray zones, water dump buckets and a dry-side shaded play area, too. Parents can enjoy a beverage at FINS cantina and lunch at Café Ray.

Have a 4D Experience® in the 4 Ducks 4-D Theater. With multiple showings per hour, featuring kids’ movies and wildlife documentaries, it’s a great way to cool off and enjoy a new dimension of fun. The 4D theater is complimentary with your admission. Show times vary by day. For more information, click here. (please link to 4-D page)

Voyage out into Tampa Bay on a Wild Dolphin Cruise. Take to the seas and learn about Tampa Bay and many animals that call it home while searching for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on the Aquarium’s 72-foot Bay Spirit II catamaran.

Swim with the fish and sharks. There’s no better way to cool off from the summer heat than to immerse yourself in one of the Aquarium’s exhibits. Kids (age 6+) can swim in the Aquarium’s Heart of the Sea exhibit among bonnethead sharks, a sea turtle and more. Kids (age 9+) can meet sand tiger sharks with a Shark Swim in the Aquarium’s half-million-gallon Coral Reef habitat.
 
Beat the heat and experience our ocean’s greatest treasures up-close and personal. If you’re looking for a way to relax, keep the kids entertained while also learning, and have a good time, then look no further than The Florida Aquarium.
 
Learn more about The Florida Aquarium and all its summer adventures and experiences at flaquarium.org.

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