5 fantastic Florida aquariums

Jul 5, 2011 at 7:02 p.m. ET

Here are five fantastic aquariums in Florida! See what the cities of Tampa, Key West, Clearwater, Fort Myer and St Petersburg have to offer!

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THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM

The Florida Aquarium features more than 20,000 plants and animals from both fresh and saltwater environments. The major exhibit areas reflect the diversity of Florida's natural habitats — Wetlands, Bays and Beaches, Ocean Commotion, and Coral Reef. Recent additions include dives with mild-mannered sharks and sea turtles for certified divers over 14, a shallow water swim with reef fish and a shark-feeding program.

The aquarium's most impressive exhibit is the Coral Reef Gallery, in a 500,000-gallon tank with viewing windows, including an awesome 43-foot-wide panoramic opening. Part of the tank is a walk-through tunnel, almost giving the illusion of venturing into underwater depths. There is also an outdoor Explore a Shore exhibit, an aquatic playground with a waterslide, water jet sprays, and climbable pirate ship.

Website:  flaquarium.org

Address: 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, Florida 33602

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