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Help Build Winter's New Home

During the expansion, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will remain open.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium expansion will allow us to rescue and release more marine life, create an enhanced living habitat for our resident non-releasable animals, and provide more space for our guests.

We are expanding in order to meet the increasing demands of:

  • Rescue, rehab, and release of marine animals. We just experienced our busiest sea turtle rehab year ever and need more space as this important work continues to increase.
  • Expanding research into saving the lives of more marine animals and protecting our environment 
  • Meeting the needs of the tens of thousands of children and wounded soldiers who have bonded with Winter and our other rescued animals through their own adversity
  • Educating the next generation on marine and environmental conservation
  • Providing compelling, educational experiences for families

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Highlights of expansion will include:

  • Tripling our Rescued Dolphin Habitat space – Consisting of 5 connecting pools, with approximately 1.5 million gallons of water, nearly triple the current amount. This enhanced, more natural habitat will be home to non-releasable dolphins Winter, Hope, and Nicholas.
  • New Hospital Facilities and Expanded Education areas – Total new guest space of 103,000 sq feet, and more hospital facilities for our rescued marine life.
  • Natural Waterway – CMA is currently researching the ways in which we can utilize the adjacent waterway for our rescue and rehabilitation work. 
  • Parking Garage – Consisting of 400 parking spots

Estimated expansion timeline is 2 ½ -3 years.

Contact the Development Office
Kelly Jordan at 727-441-1790 x233
Email: kjordan@cmaquarium.org
*Donations can be made through cash gifts, annual pledges or planned gifts.

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