Dolphins are considered the smartest marine animals due to their adept communication skills and resemblance to Socrates. See dolphins intellectualize the flip with today's Groupon: for $42, you get an annual family membership—which admits four people—to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (an $85 value).
Founded in 1972, Clearwater Marine Aquarium dedicates itself to preservation and educating the public on its efforts in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. Membership grants the pass holder free yearlong access to the aquarium's vast array of animals and activities as well as invitations to private events, a 10 percent discount in the gift shop, and the ability to send whales to their home planet. The panoply of exhibits includes Turtle Cove and the Atlantis Theater, where viewers experience the rescue, rehab and release of marine life. Thrilling dolphin presentations feature Winter the dolphin, star of the upcoming kids' film Dolphin Tale, performing titillating aeronautical feats and waxing rhapsodic to James Lipton.
Membership to CMA comes loaded with reciprocal benefits, including half off admission year-round to Bok Tower Gardens, free admission year-round to science museum G.WIZ, and more than one dozen others.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
In December of 2005, an orphaned bottlenose dolphin was rescued after being caught in a crab trap. She was brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's rehabilitation center, where the team worked constantly to bring the dolphin, now named Winter, back to health. Soon, for the first time in her adult life, Winter swam like a true dolphin. It was a story of courage and heart worthy of Hollywood—in fact, Winter starred as herself in 2011's Dolphin Tale, a cinematic recreation of her life that reached #1 at the box office.
Today, Winter lives at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with her bottlenose friend Hope, who starred with her in Dolphin Tale 2. Here, visitors can watch them swim and play, along with many more animals who got a second chance thanks to the aquarium's rehabilitation team. Visitors can meet these inspirational animals, witness the team in action, and support the effort to save marine animals.
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, Florida 33767Get Directions