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Clearwater Marine Aquarium is NOW listed on the Pinellas County Schools Authorized WATER VESSEL Commercial Carriers List!

Floating Classroom: Field Experience Program

Starting in the Fall of 2013 Clearwater Marine Aquarium is offering a new Floating Classroom Field Experience Program. This one-hour program will provide field trip experiences which are hands-on, educational, interactive, and collaborative. Students will learn about Clearwater Bay and all of its inhabitants by conducting field activities aboard our boats. Your students will now be able to directly apply what they have learned in your classrooms to the real world environment, providing Pinellas County students with a unique learning experience.

Teachers can coordinate lesson plans and activities with Clearwater Marine Aquarium's educational staff in several areas of study and have the ability to tailor programs for all age groups.

Our floating classroom is equipped with a 42" viewing monitor, laptop, digital microscope, field binoculars, and water quality and weather instrumentation to enhance the onboard lesson.


  • 9:00am-10:00am (Monday-Friday)
  • Price:

  • 1-15 participants: $19.95 each
  • 16-30 participants: $15.95 each
  • 31-40 participants: $11.95 each
  • To book your group boating experience today, please call (727)441-1790x0.


    Become a part of Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission in a whole new way! Explore-a-Tour turns guests of all ages into working marine biologists, studying dolphins, seabirds, and the environment in the field during this exciting new boat tour. As part of this 2-hour experience, watch for our local bottlenose dolphins and participate in an active population study using dorsal fin identification, use binoculars and field guides to identify and pinpoint bird nesting sites, and participate in scientific testing of our estuary's water quality to help keep our bay clean. Learn about the local ecosystem from a scientist's point of view as you gather data for ongoing research on how we can better protect our environment and our world. Dolphin sightings not guaranteed.

    Private Group Charters: Please see above "Floating Classroom: Field Experience" for description, times, and pricing.

    Public Explore-a-Tour Trips:


  • 1:30pm
  • Price (for groups of 10-40 individuals only):

  • $32.95 for adults
  • $28.95 for seniors (60+)
  • $21.95 for children (5-12)
  • To book your group boating experience today, please call (727)441-1790x0.

    SeaLife Safari

    Our 90-minute SeaLife Safari eco-boat tour includes a narrated scenic ride by one of our Marine Life Specialist to a shell island. Your group will witness data collection in action as we perform a net pull and then provide interesting and educational facts about the sea creatures before releasing back to the bay. This is a hands-on ecological experience for groups of all ages and an easy add-on to a group visit to CMA!

    Private Group Charters

    Have a particular topic you want to discuss with your group or a particular lesson plan to cover? Schedule a private SeaLife Safari group charter and customize the eco-tour experience with the assistance of one of our Marine Life Specialists.

    Time: 9:00am Only


  • $18.95 for Adults
  • $12.95 for sStudents (does not include admission)
  • Group Size: 25 to 86 passengers (Groups of 43 or more will be broken into two groups, each receiving an identical boat trip at the same time. Please plan accordingly.)

    Public SeaLife Safari Tours


  • 10:30am
  • 12:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 5:00pm (seasonally)
  • Price:

  • $18.95 for Adults
  • $17.95 for Seniors (ages 60+)
  • $12.95 for Children (ages 3-12)
  • Group Size: 10 to 43 passengers

    To book your group boating experience today, please call (727)441-1790x0.

    Snorkeling Group Adventures

    (Available seasonally, March through May and mid-August through October)

    Hop aboard Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Pinellas County Schools authorized and Coast Guard certified water vessels for a 2-hour immersive experience. Custom adventures include a snorkel experience, as well as a narrated scenic tour by one of our Education staff members. During the snorkeling adventure, students can get up-close with many of the area's intertidal animals within the protected waters of Clearwater Bay. Sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, and snails are among the common finds. We customize this program to each age group so students are always within standing depth water. You will need to provide your own snorkeling gear, including closed-toed water shoes and towels.

    Price: $20 per person

    Group Size: 15 person minimum, 40 person maximum

    To reserve your group visit, please call (727) 441-1790 ext. 252. Two weeks' advance registration and payment for all snorkeling programs.

    Helpful Hints:

    To make the most out of your experience, here are some helpful hints!
    • Please read our Inclement Weather Policy prior to booking and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
    • Try to book your group visit at least 1 month ahead of time. Keep in mind, we are busier in the spring time and tend to book up faster!
    • Please provide 1 chaperone for every 10 students, 1 chaperone for every 5 special needs students.
    • Use our "Chaperone Information Page", located in the Educational Planner, to help keep your group organized prior to and during your visit.
    • If your students require extra assistance, a sign language interpreter, or other accommodations, please let CMA know two weeks prior to your visit so we may do our best to provide you with a great experience!
    • Remember that CMA admission is not included and must be reserved in addition to your boating or snorkeling program.
    • Bring your confirmation e-mail with you on the day of your visit.
    • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time to allow for parking and walking time
    • Send one group leader to check in while the rest of the group remains with the vehicles.
    • Download one of the prepared itineraries below to make the most of your CMA educational experience!
    (9:00am SeaLife Safari) (10:30am SeaLife Safari) (12:30pm SeaLife Safari) (3:00pm SeaLife Safari) (5:00pm SeaLife Safari) (Snorkeling Adventure)