How to Meet Penguins at The Florida Aquarium

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

We crossed a big item off of our family bucket list when we participated in the Penguins: Backstage Pass at The Florida Aquarium in Downtown Tampa.

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image courtesy of Visit Tampa Bay

What Is Penguins: Backstage Pass?

The Penguins: Backstage Pass experience is a thirty-minute encounter with the cute, little creatures and it couldn’t have been a better time for us to visit.  My oldest daughter, Maggie had just learned about penguins the week before at preschool – so she was especially excited to see one in real life.

The biologists taught us about the penguins feeding habits, showed us their surroundings within the aquarium and Cliff the penguin even showed us his swimming skills. I was interested to learn that these are “warm weather” penguins so they don’t slide on their bellies.  Cliff enjoyed us petting him so much that he almost fell asleep during our photo session.  Being cute is tough work.

Penguins Florida Aquarium

Things To Know About the Experience

  • The program is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • The experience is only available two times per day at 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
  • This exclusive experience is $30 per person — you must also purchase admission to the aquarium
  • Only 14 people allowed per session, so plan ahead!

Take a look at our time during the Penguins: Backstage Pass. It was definitely a day we will cherish for years to come.

Pro Tip: If you’re visiting the Tampa area, get the Tampa CityPASS. **affiliate link**  It is a booklet that contains an actual admission ticket to the top attractions.

In addition to The Florida Aquarium, you’ll also find Busch Gardens Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Chihuly Collection or the Museum of Science & Industry. As of July 2015, the total price is $99 with a value of $200.59. Bargain!

Penguins Florida Aquarium

Traveling is about creating once in a lifetime memories together as a family and the Penguins: Backstage Pass at the Florida Aquarium definitely accomplished that goal.

If you visit the Florida Aquarium, be sure and tell Cliff that we said hello!

Have you been to The Florida Aquarium? 


** This trip and video were in conjunction with my former role as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider. Thoughts and opinions written here are my own. This post does contain an affiliate link. **

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