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Plan Your Visit


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.


Hours of Operation

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 5 p.m.

*These hours may be extended seasonally – watch this site for updates.



Admission Prices

Tickets are available at the Discovery Center.

  • Adult (Age 13-61): $5
  • Child (Age 4-12): $3
  • Senior (Age 62+): $5
  • Toddler (3 and under with an adult): FREE
  • Active Military (with ID): $3
  • Florida Teachers (with ID): $3



How to Get Here

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.



What You’ll Experience


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.




Soon, a new floating classroom will be launched from the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center. Moored at the St. Pete Pier, our brand new USCG-certified catamaran Eco-Vessel will provide on-the-water school field trips in the morning and be utilized for family-friendly public eco tours in the afternoons and on weekends. Tours will explore Tampa Bay history and the marine life you’ll find in and above the bay. Activities include a fisheries trawl, bird spotting and identifying specific traits, dolphin identification and behaviors, all while enjoying a relaxing bay cruise.



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.

Become A Member

By becoming a member, you provide direct support to our programs and mission.