The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

Unique Weddings Under the Sea!

701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602 | map
Maximum capacity: 350
Wedding services: Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
Catering: Outside Cake OK
About Us
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.
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  • Quality of Service: 5.0
  • Responsiveness: 5.0
  • Professionalism: 5.0
  • Value: 5.0
  • Flexibility: 5.0

My husband and I were married at the Florida Aquarium on June 24th, 2012. Our guest could not stop talking about how unique and how beautiful the coral reef room was! We decided to add the pasta bar to our choice of buffet and could not have been happier with our decision. The food was amazing! We also added the penguin promenade and our guests were thrilled to have a little entertainment durning cocktail hour! Every little detail made our night special! We worked with Ashley in the beginning of our planning process and she made everything seem so simple. She was always very responsive to all of our questions and changes durning our planning process. Due to a family reunion Ashley was no longer able to continue working with us so Natalie finished planning with us for the last 6 months. She was a huge help the day of the wedding and we could not have asked for someone better! We definitely think we had the wedding of our dreams without any hassle and we can honestly say it was worth every penny! Thank you so much Florida Aquarium Team! You made our wedding day perfect <3

Sean and Anne Borgo

  • Wedding: 06/24/2012
Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue
The Florida Aquarium is one of my favorite places for weddings. The Staff is exceptional and the food is always amazing.
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