Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Visit Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium | 215/365 Things to Do

Did you know just about two hours from Bonita Springs lives a famous movie star?  Going to see her is a great day trip from Bonita Springs, Florida and a great place to take with the family. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale. Winter is a bottlenose dolphin who was found in a crab trap on the coast of a Florida beach she was rescued but unfortunately lost her tail. The Marine care at the aquarium took Winter in and care for her daily needs while helping her learn to swim without a tail.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not your typical aquarium, people travel from all over just to see Winter and witness this miracle. The aquarium’s mission exists to rescue marine animals, rehabilitate them from sickness or injury and release them back into their natural habitats. Injured animals are treated on-site in the world-class marine hospital.

Also at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium there is a large stingray touch tank which my boys loved. The upper level is called Dolphin Terrace. It has different tanks and swimming areas for the animals and shows. The volunteers at the aquarium took the time to talk to the kids about the different things they do and answered tons of questions. In addition to the dolphins upstairs there are sea turtles and sea otters.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium was not only a fun trip for our family but it also was very educational for everyone! If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids you should definitely put the aquarium on your lists.

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About the Author - Jenna Hatfield is a life-long resident of Bonita Springs, Florida and mother of two boys.