AprilM937- "We Spent 5 houres here!"
Our kids are 9 & 11 and our whole family really enjoyed this aquarium. At first glance I thought that it was small and that it wouldn't take long for us to go through it, but I was wrong. We love aquariums and we've been to the best, including Monterey Bay Aquarium (considered the BEST) - we didn't spend nearly as much time there as we did at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium. Scott, the owner, was present all afternoon and he is very knowledgeable about his animals, as was Denise, a lady that works there. We saw every animal there get fed today - even the snakes (live prey). When one of my kids asked how a horseshoe crab eats, Scott was quick to grab a piece of shrimp to feed the crab. We were already pretty knowledgeable about the various animals at the aquarium, but we learned a lot more. My kids were so excited - I think our visit will be the highlight of this trip to Florida. We followed Scott from tank to tank as he fed the animals and told us about them - lion fish, eels, sharks, sting rays, crabs, alligators & pythons. As far as educational opportunities go with aquariums, this one ranks very high in my book and I homeschool my kids. To top it off, the entry fee for this aquarium is a small fraction of the price of larger aquariums.
Gogogadet99- "A MUST SEE!!!!"
Inexpensive adventure. Although it may not look like much its actually very cool. Especially if there is a younger age group to entertain. There are shows and activities you can see/do. From learning about the animals to feeding the stingrays or sharks. I have to visit this place everytime I go to Florida. There is always something they are doing to make it better. :)
Ashpyle- "Unknown Gem"
We have been taking our kids here for the last 4 years. We take an annual roadtrip to Tarpon Springs and our trip is never complete without a visit to the Aquarium. Our kids absolutely love it. From the touching pool at the entrance, to the shark show, to alligator feeding, to feeding the stingray and sharks, we love it all. It's very inexpensive, fun and educational. You can leave and re-enter all day with one admission so we can visit, go eat or shop and come back and catch the snake demonstration or the eel demonstration. Kids also get in free to the bounce house next door with paid aquarium admission. Last year we took the kids to see Winter the dolphin in Clearwater and were so disappointed and talked about how much more fun we have in Tarpon.
Kristi V.- "Small and Mighty!"
So, the aquarium is smaller but the price is definitely right!!! I have never been to an aquarium where I was able to hand feed a shark! That was worth the price of admission! The great thing was that once you paid the admission price, you could come and go all day with a stamp! That was great because you never missed one of the shows that goes on all day but could walk around and shop too. Puffy's playground was super cute as well. Definitely worth a visit!!!
2112dds- "A Great Interactive Experience"
Although the facility is small, it provides great opportunities to interact with all sorts of marine life. There is a large touch pool and other pools where you can feed sting rays and sharks for only an extra dollar. It is definitely worth watching their diver feed the larger fish and sharks in the main aquarium. She put on quite a show for the kids. The admission is not very expensive and the staff were very friendly. This was one of our favorite attractions in Florida.
If you had a great time at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium, we encourage that you spread the word. We rely heavily on word of mouth to aquire new customers, allowing us to continue to provide for our animals and contribute a unique educational adventure to the public.
Tim C.- "Great Way to see a sampling of Gulf Coast animal life"
This is a great place to take a break from the sun and see some Gulf Coast animal life up close. I've been to the Monterey Bay and Oregon Coast aquariums (and a couple of Sea Worlds), and certainly Tarpon Springs is a much smaller and simpler production than those and many others. However, I don't travel across the country to spend time wandering around looking at exhibits. It was entertaining and educational to see the separate demonstrations of feeding sharks and alligators. Turtles, stingrays, and snakes also are on display. The owners seem to genuinely care about the animals and their habitat. We had extensive one-on-one conversations with one of the owners as well as staff members, all of whom were very knowledgeable. We were there on an off-season weekday; visitors on a weekend might not be so fortunate. It's easy to spend an hour there, then come back a couple hours later after a meal and/or cruise to see the demonstrations again.