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The Florida Aquarium

Tampa , FL
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701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602 US (map)

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813-273-4000

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On behalf of The Florida Aquarium, we would like to congratulate you on your engagement! Imagine exchanging your vows in front of your family, closest friends and over 2,000 Coral Reef... Read more
On behalf of The Florida Aquarium, we would like to congratulate you on your engagement! Imagine exchanging your vows in front of your family, closest friends and over 2,000 Coral Reef fish and sea life in our breathtaking 500,000 gallon floor to ceiling tank. Or make your reception an experience to remember among our 30,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and beyond. Our galleries will provide an exquisite backdrop to your special day and create a lasting impression. We also have a brand new Catamaran called The Bay Spirit II that hold up to 130 guests and can be used for sunset cruises, receptions, cocktail hours, or smaller ceremonies. I hope that you will consider The Florida Aquarium as the beautiful setting to your unique wedding.
Both our indoor dinner location in the lower lobby or the outdoor Explore A Shore pavilion will seat well over 100 guests comfortably with plenty of space for dancing the night away. Each space is available for a four-hour event. If you plan to hold your ceremony in front of our Coral Reef tank in combination with the outdoor Explore A Shore, it is a five hour event. If you hold the ceremony, the rehearsal and dressing rooms are included. You will have a greeter to direct your guests at our entrance and our Events Coordinator to oversee the entire event. Our Events Coordinator will also help you to plan the entire event and logistics and we have a Catering Manager to plan all the food and beverage with you. The Florida Aquarium is committed to bringing you and your guests the highest standards of quality in food, beverage and service. We are proud to offer a wide selection of delectable cuisine and are happy to create a customized menu to fit your needs. Our menus have been created to capture Florida ’s many tropical flavors and local specialties as well as highlight treasures from around the world. Clock HERE to create your own quick quote! Read less

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Ruth
Wedding:
1/16/2015
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough about everything they did. What an absolutely fabulous place for a wedding. There was always something going on from the touch tanks to the penguins. It was simply beautiful. We worked with Natalie she was awesome!!! She made sure the bride and groom ate and helped out with everything.
I can not say enough about everything they did. What an absolutely fabulous place for a wedding. There was always Read more...
I can not say enough about everything they did. What an absolutely fabulous place for a wedding. There was always something going on from the touch tanks to the penguins. It was simply beautiful. We worked with Natalie she was awesome!!! She made sure the bride and groom ate and helped out with everything. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
As soon as we found out that the Florida Aquarium hosted weddings, we knew that this was it for us! We chose to book the Aquarium for both the ceremony and reception for $2500. You pretty much are paying for the decorations too, because you really don't need any with the huge wall tank! You have to use their caterer, but we really enjoyed their hors d'oeurves (the coconut shrimp is a MUST!) and the dinner was delicious. Another plus is that they include an in-house wedding planner for free. We had Natalie Melillo, and she was just fantastic and everything flowed just perfectly at the wedding. We couldn't have done it without her. Everyone kept complimenting about what a unique venue this was and how it was the best, most intimate wedding that they had ever been to. Plus, just look at the incredible photos you get from having your wedding here (I would seriously recommend hiring a good, professional photographer who has shot at the Aquarium before because you'll be kicking yourself if you don't. The glass tanks make it hard to get photos, but if they are done right, they are just phenomenal). The night went way too fast though! It was incredible fun, and I would highly recommend this venue to anyone!
As soon as we found out that the Florida Aquarium hosted weddings, we knew that this was it for us! We chose to book the Read more...
As soon as we found out that the Florida Aquarium hosted weddings, we knew that this was it for us! We chose to book the Aquarium for both the ceremony and reception for $2500. You pretty much are paying for the decorations too, because you really don't need any with the huge wall tank! You have to use their caterer, but we really enjoyed their hors d'oeurves (the coconut shrimp is a MUST!) and the dinner was delicious. Another plus is that they include an in-house wedding planner for free. We had Natalie Melillo, and she was just fantastic and everything flowed just perfectly at the wedding. We couldn't have done it without her. Everyone kept complimenting about what a unique venue this was and how it was the best, most intimate wedding that they had ever been to. Plus, just look at the incredible photos you get from having your wedding here (I would seriously recommend hiring a good, professional photographer who has shot at the Aquarium before because you'll be kicking yourself if you don't. The glass tanks make it hard to get photos, but if they are done right, they are just phenomenal). The night went way too fast though! It was incredible fun, and I would highly recommend this venue to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Christie
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met with wedding coordinator Natalie Melillo we we're immediately hooked. We knew that the Aquarium was the perfect place for us to get married and our dream location. Not only did it combine our love of animals and the sea but with this location you will never have to worry about rain or climate control. Natalie took care of us and made us feel like we were her only clients. She kept in touch throughout the planning process any time we needed to get a hold of her whether by phone or emails he responded promptly. There were many answers we didn't have and several options we weren't aware of but Natalie walked us through each and every detail and put our minds at ease. On the day of our wedding she made sure everything ran smoothly and we did not have to worry about a thing. It was an honor having Natalie as our coordinator and the Aquarium as our venue. We still receive compliments from people on how beautiful our wedding was. I have to say getting married in front of a huge shark tank was absolutely amazing and made our wedding even more memorable. If you plan on getting married in Tampa and you’re stuck on choosing, search no further as this place had amazing views, incredible catering, polite and knowledgeable staff to help coordinate your event and an Aquarium for your guests to walk through while the happy couple takes pictures.
From the moment we met with wedding coordinator Natalie Melillo we we're immediately hooked. We knew that the Aquarium was Read more...
From the moment we met with wedding coordinator Natalie Melillo we we're immediately hooked. We knew that the Aquarium was the perfect place for us to get married and our dream location. Not only did it combine our love of animals and the sea but with this location you will never have to worry about rain or climate control. Natalie took care of us and made us feel like we were her only clients. She kept in touch throughout the planning process any time we needed to get a hold of her whether by phone or emails he responded promptly. There were many answers we didn't have and several options we weren't aware of but Natalie walked us through each and every detail and put our minds at ease. On the day of our wedding she made sure everything ran smoothly and we did not have to worry about a thing. It was an honor having Natalie as our coordinator and the Aquarium as our venue. We still receive compliments from people on how beautiful our wedding was. I have to say getting married in front of a huge shark tank was absolutely amazing and made our wedding even more memorable. If you plan on getting married in Tampa and you’re stuck on choosing, search no further as this place had amazing views, incredible catering, polite and knowledgeable staff to help coordinate your event and an Aquarium for your guests to walk through while the happy couple takes pictures. Read less
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Chantharaphon
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing The Florida Aquarium was in helping us organize and execute our perfect day. Everyone kept telling me how stressed I must be planning this wedding because we were planning a Tampa wedding from all the way in D.C. The truth of the matter is that everyone at the aquarium from Carolyn, to Mary, and especially Natalie, our coordinator, were so helpful and amazing that I never once felt stressed or that I was missing something integral to the big day. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Natalie. She was amazing. She was a zen presence the entire time and I am beyond thrilled that she was our coordinator. The catering staff that took care of me and my husband(!) at the reception were also so wonderful to us, they really took care of us all night. The best part of is that we were able to host a wedding that our friends and family really felt was unique and special. If you are looking to get married in Tampa and you really want something out of the ordinary that is going to WOW your guests, look no further than The Florida Aquarium.
I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing The Florida Aquarium was in helping us organize and execute our perfect day. Read more...
I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing The Florida Aquarium was in helping us organize and execute our perfect day. Everyone kept telling me how stressed I must be planning this wedding because we were planning a Tampa wedding from all the way in D.C. The truth of the matter is that everyone at the aquarium from Carolyn, to Mary, and especially Natalie, our coordinator, were so helpful and amazing that I never once felt stressed or that I was missing something integral to the big day. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Natalie. She was amazing. She was a zen presence the entire time and I am beyond thrilled that she was our coordinator. The catering staff that took care of me and my husband(!) at the reception were also so wonderful to us, they really took care of us all night. The best part of is that we were able to host a wedding that our friends and family really felt was unique and special. If you are looking to get married in Tampa and you really want something out of the ordinary that is going to WOW your guests, look no further than The Florida Aquarium. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Adam
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
This venue was absolutely beautiful for a wedding. We had our wedding here and we could not even imagine a better venue for such a great event. Thank you for all staff involved with our wedding especially our wedding coordinator Ashley Valentine. She made everything so easy and she was able to help out with anything we requested. Thanks for making our day perfect.
This venue was absolutely beautiful for a wedding. We had our wedding here and we could not even imagine a better venue Read more...
This venue was absolutely beautiful for a wedding. We had our wedding here and we could not even imagine a better venue for such a great event. Thank you for all staff involved with our wedding especially our wedding coordinator Ashley Valentine. She made everything so easy and she was able to help out with anything we requested. Thanks for making our day perfect. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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KAREN-SUE
Wedding:
8/3/2014
5.0/5.0
First, Ashley and Mary are the greatest. It does not matter what your issue is they meet you with a positive, kind, understanding attitude. On the day of my wedding Ashley was so enthusiastic and fun and efficient, she really is just amazing. She keeps things moving and fixes hiccups as they come so quickly you never know they're happening! She encourages you through your entire day but she started being helpful and encouraging long before that!

The venue is just fantastic! There was not a single guest who was not amazed, who did not gush and rave about our wedding and the venue. The penguins walked me down the aisle which thrilled all of our guests but really, the entire atmosphere just made everything magical and beautiful.

When we went to the tasting we met Chiquita and requested that she bartend for us at our wedding. Everyone loved her and made sure to tell us! That is the way with the entire staff at the aquarium! It's beautiful, it's unique, it's affordable and the amazing extras like the penguins will make anyone's wedding absolutely unforgettable! I'm so in love with my wedding and that's because of Florida Aquarium!
First, Ashley and Mary are the greatest. It does not matter what your issue is they meet you with a positive, kind, Read more...
First, Ashley and Mary are the greatest. It does not matter what your issue is they meet you with a positive, kind, understanding attitude. On the day of my wedding Ashley was so enthusiastic and fun and efficient, she really is just amazing. She keeps things moving and fixes hiccups as they come so quickly you never know they're happening! She encourages you through your entire day but she started being helpful and encouraging long before that!

The venue is just fantastic! There was not a single guest who was not amazed, who did not gush and rave about our wedding and the venue. The penguins walked me down the aisle which thrilled all of our guests but really, the entire atmosphere just made everything magical and beautiful.

When we went to the tasting we met Chiquita and requested that she bartend for us at our wedding. Everyone loved her and made sure to tell us! That is the way with the entire staff at the aquarium! It's beautiful, it's unique, it's affordable and the amazing extras like the penguins will make anyone's wedding absolutely unforgettable! I'm so in love with my wedding and that's because of Florida Aquarium! Read less
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Yolanda
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Ashley Valentine is a superb event planner. She is a shining star. She made everything so easy to plan and was with us every step of the way. My daughter said her wedding day was the best day of her life. Ashley played a huge part in making it a perfect event. Mary Patterson was equally helpful and the food and beverages were a delight.
Ashley Valentine is a superb event planner. She is a shining star. She made everything so easy to plan and was with us Read more...
Ashley Valentine is a superb event planner. She is a shining star. She made everything so easy to plan and was with us every step of the way. My daughter said her wedding day was the best day of her life. Ashley played a huge part in making it a perfect event. Mary Patterson was equally helpful and the food and beverages were a delight. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Rosalyn
Wedding:
6/6/2014
5.0/5.0
I am so happy about having my wedding at the Florida Aquarium. Staff was so helpful through the planning process. It was unique and beautiful ceremony. Loved every aspect of this venue and it was worth every penny we invested. The pictures are so beautiful. I love Florida Aquarium!
I am so happy about having my wedding at the Florida Aquarium. Staff was so helpful through the planning process. It was Read more...
I am so happy about having my wedding at the Florida Aquarium. Staff was so helpful through the planning process. It was unique and beautiful ceremony. Loved every aspect of this venue and it was worth every penny we invested. The pictures are so beautiful. I love Florida Aquarium! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Very unique venue! My guests were all raving about the fact that the coral reef room at the Florida Aquarium was one of the coolest venues they'd ever seen for a wedding!

Pictures were amazing (if you can find the right photographer)! Wouldn't recommend their preferred vendors list for photography...we used Life's Highlights instead! Lighting in the room is really tricky because of all the aquarium glass!

Food was fantastic! We received so many compliments from our guests about the food and fast service!

Our day-of coordinator, Ashley, was included in the price (which was very affordable btw) was great! I felt at ease the entire night thanks to the aquarium team!
Very unique venue! My guests were all raving about the fact that the coral reef room at the Florida Aquarium was one of Read more...
Very unique venue! My guests were all raving about the fact that the coral reef room at the Florida Aquarium was one of the coolest venues they'd ever seen for a wedding!

Pictures were amazing (if you can find the right photographer)! Wouldn't recommend their preferred vendors list for photography...we used Life's Highlights instead! Lighting in the room is really tricky because of all the aquarium glass!

Food was fantastic! We received so many compliments from our guests about the food and fast service!

Our day-of coordinator, Ashley, was included in the price (which was very affordable btw) was great! I felt at ease the entire night thanks to the aquarium team! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding was held at The Florida Aquarium. The venue is so unique and a wonderful place to host an event. Ashley Valentine was our coordinator and she was a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive to all of our questions and changes/additions made along the way. I never doubted that everything would be taken care of. The day of the event there was not a single detail that was not attended to and if we were to do it all over again, there is not a single thing we would change. In addition, we worked with Mary Patterson in catering and the food was delicious. We have received many positive remarks on both the venue and the food. Many compliments have been received on the servers and all event staff. Thank you for making my daughter's wedding day exactly as she had envisioned it.
My daughter's wedding was held at The Florida Aquarium. The venue is so unique and a wonderful place to host an event. Read more...
My daughter's wedding was held at The Florida Aquarium. The venue is so unique and a wonderful place to host an event. Ashley Valentine was our coordinator and she was a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive to all of our questions and changes/additions made along the way. I never doubted that everything would be taken care of. The day of the event there was not a single detail that was not attended to and if we were to do it all over again, there is not a single thing we would change. In addition, we worked with Mary Patterson in catering and the food was delicious. We have received many positive remarks on both the venue and the food. Many compliments have been received on the servers and all event staff. Thank you for making my daughter's wedding day exactly as she had envisioned it. Read less
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