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We did receive tickets and our photos at Clearwater Beach Aquarium. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
We’ve been trying to set up a trip to Clearwater Beach Aquarium for quite some time. Every time we try to go something happens. This week we finally made the trip over to Clearwater and I am so happy we finally made the trip. Now I am going to share some tips and tricks for visiting Clearwater Beach Aquarium.
Clearwater Beach Aquarium Tips and Tricks
Take some time to check the schedule.
It can be easy to take the aquarium at the pace it comes. However, there are some incredible experiences to be had if you are willing to check the schedule and see what times things are happening. There are talks, shows, and amazing experiences like the scuba divers pictured above that you could miss out on.
Take time to talk to the staff.
There are some incredible people working at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and they are very passionate about the work they do there. Spend some time and let them teach you all about the facility, the animals, and the care they receive. Your child will leave better for it.
Spend some time in the surgical suite.
Not only is the surgical suite an amazing facility for the care of all of the animals Clearwater Marine Aquarium cares for, but it is also a great opportunity for people to learn more about conservation and care. This is a working surgical suite where they will actually be working on animals. The only time the windows are closed is if it is too much for the animals to handle or if the procedure is too involved for children to observe.
Learn more about the animals in their care.
Through a one sided glass window, you can see many of the animals that are being cared for by Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Make sure to look up at the mirrors as you can see some of the animals in the tank. Read the dry erase board to learn more about each of the animals. Don’t miss some of the fun names they have chosen.
Don’t miss the Standing Deck!
Whether it rains or not, make a point of visiting the standing deck. Not only can you get an amazing view of the bay, you can also see Nicholas and see some of his training. Nicholas is such a beautiful dolphin and worth the trip up!
Don’t be afraid to linger.
As parents we can be tempted to rush through attractions. I would challenge you to slow down and just let them experience it at their pace. You may spend 20 minutes with a pelican but the memories your child will have are worth everything!
Things we learned at Clearwater Marine Aquarium today.
I’m going to try to list out a few of these as they really did interest me.
- Hope and Winter were found on the East coast of Florida and were driven 4 hours to Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
- Hope and Winter were found 5 years and 1 day apart and celebrate their birthdays in October.
- If you find a beached animal, do not return them to the ocean. Call for help. Animals beach themselves when they are sick in order to die.
- Dolphins can live up to 40 years in human care.
- The aquarium trainers use positive reinforcement with all of the animals.
- Nurse sharks will only eat a pound of food four times a week. (normal for them)
- All funding comes from donors and ticket sales. They do not receive royalties from the movies.
- Vet areas were built for sets for the movie and then donated to the facility.
- Animal releases go live on Facebook.
- Rescue animals will go back to where they were rescued from if they are released.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is expanding.
There are some big changes coming at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. They will be building a larger facility to give them the ability to do more for the animals in their care!
See more in our YouTube video!
Please note that Disney provided our tickets and our lunch cards to facilitate our review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
The family and I had the chance to head out to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park to explore some of the fun things they have to offer. We spent the whole day checking out the park and enjoying all they have to offer. I am going to take a few minutes to share some Blizzard Beach tips and tricks. I also hope to answer some of your questions about the park.
Blizzard Beach Tips and Tricks
These tips come from our experience in the park. If you have additional tips, please comment and let me know so I can update this post.
Are there any character meet and greets at Blizzard Beach?
One of the things Disney is most known for are their character meet and greets. There’s just something about seeing a character come to life that you have seen in your favorite movies. At Blizzard Beach you can meet Goofy. The best part about the Goofy meet and greet is that it is at the beginning of the water park so that you can get a great picture before heading into the water.
Are there any good photo opportunities at Blizzard Beach?
One of the amazing things about this water park are all of the amazing opportunities to get a fun picture. Whether you are snapping a pic with a family of snow people or standing in front of a giant Mickey made of pool floats, you are sure to get some amazing pictures!
How much are lockers at Blizzard Beach and how big are lockers at Blizzard Beach?
If you are thinking about bringing a camera for fun pictures or bringing your phone to catch up with someone you may want to purchase a locker. A small locker rental is $10 and a large rental is $15. You can pay for your locker with cash or cards. The $10 locker held my DSLR camera bag, my phone and I could have put more in there. The $15 locker could hold 2 backpacks.
How can I stay hydrated at Blizzard Beach?
There are a few options to stay hydrated in the summer heat at Blizzard Beach. You can pack your own water bottles. I suggest freezing them so they melt throughout the day and you can continue to enjoy cold drinks. There are also water fountains around the park and most restaurants will give you a cup of water.
If you are after the best value for your money, the cup pictured above is $11.99 plus tax and will give you free refills for the entire day! Talk about a great way to enjoy a cold drink and take home a souvenir.
What food options are there at Blizzard Beach?
There are multiple restaurants at Blizzard beach that you can try out. Whether you grab a foot long hot dog at Avalunch or eating a Blizzard Cheddar Burger at Lottawatta Lodge you are sure to find a filling meal for a reasonable price!
Are you a vegan or a vegetarian? Lottawata Lodge has menu options just for you!
You can also bring in your own food as long as you don’t bring in glass bottles.
Do I need to wear shoes at Blizzard Beach?
Flip flops or swim shoes can be a help but they aren’t required. Blizzard Beach does two things to help keep your feet cool in the park. There is ample shade to help keep the sidewalks cooler. They also have water sprayers on many of the paths to spray your feet with cool water and keep the ground cooler.
Are there options for preschoolers at Blizzard Beach?
One of the fabulous things about Blizzard Beach is that many of the areas are fun for the whole family. That said, you can also take your youngest adventurers to Tike’s Peak which is an area designed just for them! Feel free to grab a lounge chair and watch your little one have a blast.
What options are there at Blizzard Beach
for elementary aged kids?
If you want to let your older kids have a ton of fun, take them over to Ski Patrol Training Camp and grab yourself a comfortable chair or go play in the water with them. They can go down water slides, challenge an obstacle course, or go down a zip line! They even add a dance party to the mix for a really fun experience.
Are life jackets provided at Blizzard Beach?
Life jackets like the ones pictured above are provided at the entry of areas where they will be needed. These are free and are very helpful in the wave pool and lazy river.
Where can I cool off and relax at Blizzard Beach?
Is it getting a bit warm for you? Want to skip out of the thrill rides or wave pools? Make sure to head over to the lazy river that is almost a mile long. Grab a float and sail away. There are even some fun areas where you can get cooled off with some special surprises. I honestly could have floated around this all day and not moved to anything else.
How intense is the wave pool at Blizzard Beach?
We are huge fans of a good quality wave pool but some can be a bit rougher than others. The Blizzard Beach wave pool does something really fun! They let you go out in pool floats and ride on the waves. I do recommend making sure younger children wear a life jacket as it can get rougher the deeper you go.
Are there fun options for families at Blizzard Beach?
With rides like the ones above families can have a ton of fun together racing or laughing down a water slide. With so many family friendly rides there will be multiple chances to spend some good quality family time.
Are there options for people who don’t want to climb at Blizzard Beach?
If you are thinking about riding Summit Plummet but don’t want to climb the stairs they have a fun option for you. You can ride the ski lift up.
What if I forget my towels at Blizzard Beach?
You can either rent a towel or buy your towels from the gift shop for a fun souvenir. I am a big fan of the orange Mickey one.
What if I lose my child at Blizzard Beach?
Blizzard Beach has an amazing system in place to help take care of a situation where children might get lost. They will entertain your children at this hut while they coordinate with security to get you safely reunited with your child.