Florida Aquarium Undergoes Expansion at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida

Florida Aquarium is dipping its toes into its three-phase expansion in Tampa, Florida. The $40 million venture, scheduled for completion in 2025, aims to deliver a host of new amenities. Per the Florida Aquarium, the first phase involves remodeling the aquarium’s second-floor lobby into a multi-species gallery. That aspect will feature a rotating gallery with insects and reptiles.

The second phase, which could start construction next year, will include the “Rugged Coast” indoor habitat. That feature will include a two-level puffin habitat. Finally, the third phase will be the “Rocky Shores” exhibit. That will include an outdoor plaza with a 39,500-square-foot African penguin habitat. It can accommodate 30 at once.

The expansion includes both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

As noted, Florida Aquarium is the owner. Sources list Space Haus as the architect. The Chicago-based firm presently has five active projects with an estimated value of $120.7 million total.

Florida Aquarium has proudly served the southwest coast since 1995. Roger Germann, the president and CEO of the aquarium, notes that the venture’s goal is to deliver “the world-class aquarium that Tampa Bay deserves.”

Plans call for an African penguin exhibit.

The expansions are taking shape at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602, in Hillsborough County. It’s west of McKay Bay and south of FL-618 Toll.

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