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The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.8 out of 5
157 reviews
$20k - $25k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$20k - $25k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

Imagine exchanging your vows in front of your family, friends and 2,000 coral reef fish. Say "I do" with our 500,000 gallon floor to ceiling panoramic window as your backdrop. Our event and catering professionals will help you create a truly unique and memorable experience.

Coral Reef Ceremony: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7UJqgwTnfXIMDJndXc5SHY4X00

Photo Credit: AisPortraits, AStewart Graphics, Carrie Wildes, Limelight, Lifelong Studios, Your Story By Us

Facilities and Capacity
The wedding venue has four beautiful and unique event spaces, including the Coral Reef Room, Mosaic Center Ballroom, Vinik Channelside Room and Waterfront Overlook Deck. Their all inclusive wedding packages ease the planning process to make sure your special day is worry free.

Services Offered
The Florida Aquarium is committed to providing a remarkable wedding experience to each and every couple they host. They will ensure that your wedding is a night that your guests will never forget by providing interactive animal encounters such as their African Black Footed Penguins walking down the aisle as surprise guests. The venue’s in-house catering services make for a complete wedding experience.

Location
The Florida Aquarium sits along Water Street Tampa within walking distance of Sparkman Wharf, the Tampa Riverwalk, Downtown Tampa, the TECO Line Streetcar System and so much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,575

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,575

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Boat/Yacht
Museum
Rooftop
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers
Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

157 Reviews

Write a review
Rated
4.8
out of 5.0
Recommended by 95% of couples
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  • Value
    Rating 4.8 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.7 out of 5

65 User photos

  • Hannah
    Hannah M. Married on 05/21/2022
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    Wedding that went above and beyond expectations

    The aquarium staffing crew created such a magical experience for our wedding day! It was everything that we dreamed of and more! With such a unique venue it created the most magical photo opportunities and gave our guests such an amazing night!
  • Laryn
    Laryn A. Married on 04/24/2022
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    My dream wedding!

    Having my wedding at The Florida Aquarium was a dream come true! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. My guests were raving about how unique everything was. I recommend this venue 100%!!
  • Veronica
    Veronica N. Married on 04/16/2022
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    An Unforgettable Experience!

    We had a small wedding (40ish guests), and the Coral Reef Room in the Aquarium was the perfect, unique, and romantic venue! All our guests were awed by the ambience! On my end, as the bride planning, the staff was very communicative, friendly, and helpful every step of the way. The price was reasonable for the venue and catering for all the we got, and the food was delicious! I definitely recommend the Florida Aquarium to make a special day even more so!

Awards

  • 157
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Ashley & Gerardo
    38 photos · 04/17/2021
  • Donna & Drew
    24 photos · 10/21/2018

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Professional Network & Endorsements

15 Endorsements
Heartfelt Florida Weddings Heartfelt Florida Weddings Wedding Officiants

Excellent venue with equally excellent scenery. Offering customized service to each of their couples. A pleasure to work with such committed professionals.

A Premier Entertainment A Premier Entertainment Wedding DJs

This is the place that took "taking a photo with a penguin" of our bucket list! You want a location for your wedding that you will NEVER forget? This is it! Never have we been so awestruck at a wedding reception... the staff is always great and the scenery is ALWAYS changing! Did I mention there's penguins? :)

Charlotte Bridal Boutique & Formalwear Charlotte Bridal Boutique & Formalwear Wedding Dresses

Beautiful and fun venue for your wedding or special event. The weddings we have done have awesome wedding photos!!!! Love it for a super great spot to say I DO!!!

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Map

701 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL, 33602
813-367-4099
813-367-4099
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The Florida Aquarium frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Florida Aquarium?

The Florida Aquarium includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Florida Aquarium, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Florida Aquarium includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At The Florida Aquarium, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Florida Aquarium includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar

What are the most important characteristics of The Florida Aquarium in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Florida Aquarium for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Boat/Yacht
  • Museum
  • Rooftop
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Florida Aquarium for wedding events?

The Florida Aquarium offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Florida Aquarium offer?

The Florida Aquarium offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Florida Aquarium offer for wedding events?

The Florida Aquarium offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up

What furniture and decorations does The Florida Aquarium have available for wedding events?

The Florida Aquarium offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Markers
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Florida Aquarium and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Florida Aquarium is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.8 in value, 4.7 in flexibility and 4.6 in average response time.

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