The SHINE’s on The Florida Aquarium

Posted On 09/11/2020 by St. Pete Chamber

The Florida Aquarium opened March 31, 1995, and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

The Florida Aquarium actively participates in and promotes stewardship of the natural environment as part of our mission of conservation. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, The Florida Aquarium provides an opportunity to see over 8,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals, explore complex ecosystems, look for wild dolphins in Tampa Bay, play at the Splash Pad and more!

Ranked #2 Aquarium in North America in a recent USA TODAY’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, the aquarium is more than a must-see attraction, The Florida Aquarium is working to protect and restore our blue planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim our seas. In August of 2019, The Florida Aquarium, in partnership with Project
Coral, became the first to successfully spawn critically endangered pillar coral in a laboratory.


Roger Germann currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the private and public sector, Roger is recognized as one of the aquarium and zoological community’s top leaders and strategists. Since joining The Florida Aquarium in June 2017, he is actively raising the profile of the Aquarium with recognition from USA Today as one of North America’s Top 2 Best Aquariums; grown operations by launching new exhibits including Heart of the Sea, and Moon Bay, a jellyfish touch experience that’s so unique there are only four in the U.S; and the opening of The Florida Aquarium Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach.

He also is dynamically increasing revenue and philanthropy to support the Aquarium’s critical conservation and education efforts in Tampa Bay and beyond, and serves as an advisor for the environment on Gov. DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.Prior to joining The Florida Aquarium, Roger served as founder and principal of Four Lions Strategies, a national strategic consulting firm. He earned his strong business and conservation leadership reputation serving as Executive Vice President for more than 16 years at the world-renowned John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. From becoming one of the nation’s most profitable and impactful organizations to establishing a globally recognized brand, the Aquarium’s business operations and conservation impact thrived during his tenure. He has served in several national leadership positions, including Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Aquarium Affairs Committee, AZA SAFE Steering Committee, and founding member of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership.

The Florida Aquarium, Inc. was incorporated on December 12, 1986, as a separate not-for-profit organization. The newly organized Florida Aquarium Board of Directors formally committed to building a public aquarium comparable to the finest in the nation and contracted Joseph A. Wetzel Associates of Boston to provide a conceptual design of exhibits for a new facility. The Aquarium currently has over 200 employees.


Safely Open

In May, The Florida Aquarium became the first major attraction in the state, the first aquarium in the nation and the first cultural center in the Tampa Bay region to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic forced the closings of public facilities.

The Florida Aquarium is a perfect family friendly and safe spot that all should enjoy! To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, the Aquarium has implemented one way pathways, hand sanitizing stations, masks are required and social distancing practices are in place. On top of that safe experience the Aquarium is home to over 9,000 animals! Enjoy a Wild Dolphin Cruise on Tampa Bay, snuggle with a penguin on our Penguin Backstage Pass, enjoy some kid friendly fun on our Splash Pad and parents can enjoy an adult beverage at Corona Cove. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy and explore! The Florida Aquarium is the place to create lasting memories with family and friends

Learn more about The Florida Aquarium here. Follow them on social media @floridaaquarium.