For any fan of the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must. A bit pricey at $21.95, the experience can prove to be inspirational and uplifting. This is a working hospital and not a functioning tourist aquarium. Hope and Winter and a few other patients are all there is to this location.
Your visit includes the chance to hang out with both Winter and Hope, as well as a few other sea creatures that happen to be in the hospital at any given time. During this September visit we saw sea turtles with no fins, sharks and stingrays. The popular pelican Rufus, from the movie is actually two pelicans that shared the spot light for filming.
It is easy to see the success the films have brought to the aquarium and it is well deserved. They seem to be doing good work here. To see the smiles on the faces of those who come in contact with the main players is priceless.