Clearwater Marine Aquarium is different. It's true that it's one of the best wildlife attractions in Florida, but the non-profit aquarium's mission extends far beyond your visit.
The facility is actively engaged in conservation, rescue, rehabilitation and release of local wildlife. Since 2010, over 1,200 sea turtles have been rescued and more than 600 animals have been released back into the wild. It's also home to a first-class research facility, and participates in various community education events throughout the year.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is also famous for another reason – it's home to Winter and Hope, stars of the Dolphin Tale movies. The movies made Clearwater's resident dolphins celebrities around the world, telling their real-life story of survival.