Florida Aquarium fans need to know that something magical happens there in time for the holidays. Visits from Santa and Snow Days! We’ll get to that in minute, but first let me describe our favorites.

I love the big shark tank. You can see nurse sharks, sea turtles and sting rays. Speaking of sting rays…I love the touch tanks. You can touch rays or even coral and sea anemones. Our family is a big fan of the play area outside. You can grab some lunch and sit outside and let the kids have fun climbing the creative jungle gyms. Also, we love all the conservation efforts made by the Florida Aquarium to keep our beautiful waters clean.

And here’s some exciting news…Snow Days are coming soon! You’ll find festive activities to take part in if you are a member. You can weave your way through the all-new snow maze, presented by Versare! Want to defeat ocean pollution? Battle against pollution by hurling snowballs at pollution monsters. And get down in a winter Wonderland dance party! We love those!

And all visitors have the opportunity to visit with Santa (in a safe socially-distanced way) when he visits from the North Pole. Find out more and how to buy tickets when you visit their website.

Hear more about the Florida Aquarium through a child’s eyes (3:22) on the Experience Tampa Bay in 10 Minutes or Less podcast. You can also learn more about holiday events, like Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park (:54) and hear about the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach (5:49).

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Produced by Micaela Figueroa

Photo and story by R. Wilder