There are numerous ways to make the most of your visit to the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center. You can go at your own pace with the help of our free, self-guided tour map. You can take a docent-led tour that lasts roughly an hour. Or you can do both and stay for hours. However you want to structure your visit to the Discovery Center, here are a few pieces of key information that can help.
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*These hours may be extended seasonally – watch this site for updates.
Tickets are available at the Discovery Center.
The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is located at the new St. Pete Pier, on the over-water walkway approaching the Pier head. Click here for information on transportation and parking.
The Discovery Center includes a public Exhibit Gallery showcasing the economic and ecological value of the Tampa Bay estuary to residents and visitors. The focal point is an 1,800-gallon Estuary Habitat that replicates the living habitat of many of the species found in our local waters. Guests also engage in interactive displays, video presentations, a touch tank and docent-led tours. Learn more about our featured exhibits here.
Our new Eco-Tours have begun service from the St. Pete Pier! Our brand new USCG-certified catamaran Eco-Vessel provides on the water family-friendly Eco-tours and school field trips 4 times per day, 7 days per week. Tours explore Tampa Bay history, the local environment and marine life you will find in and above the bay. Activities include a fisheries trawl, bird spotting and identifying specific traits, dolphin and manatee watch, identification and behaviors, all while enjoying a relaxing bay cruise. Our professional Marine Biologists provide insights in the local waters and species while conducting scientific research. Proceeds from your tour supports the important environmental restoration work of Tampa Bay Watch.
Discounts are available for current Tampa Bay Watch members, as well as Seniors, Florida Teachers and Military. Tours depart at 11:30 a.m.; 2:00 p.m. Sunset cruises vary based on the season:
January 31 – February 20th: Sunset trip departs at 5:30 PM
February 21 – March 12th: Sunset trip departs at 5:45 PM
March 13th – April 10th: Sunset trip departs at 7:00 PM
times varying by date. Tickets may be purchased inside of the Discovery Center, or online by following the link below:
Go a Step Further and Become a Member
Becoming a member of Tampa Bay Watch is easy. Just click on the link below to join this valued group of environmentally conscious people who understand the importance of a restored Tampa Bay.
Benefits of Membership
Tampa Bay Watch members receive unlimited Discovery Center admission, a membership card, bumper decal, our quarterly newsletter The Bay Watch Log, where you’ll read about how your membership supports conservation and restoration efforts around the bay, and a host of other benefits. Our weekly emails and website will keep you up to date on program and event information and opportunities to volunteer. You’ll also get 10% off Tampa Bay Watch merchandise at the Discovery Center.
Members also receive discounts and special offers from a wide variety of participating vendors.
By becoming a member, you provide direct support to our programs and mission.