SEE: Clearwater aquarium unveils new dolphin habitat, viewing area and café as part of $80M expansion

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Clearwater Marine Aquarium -- home of “Dolphin Tale” star Winter -- unveiled a new viewing area as part of its ongoing expansion at the Ruth & J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex.

According to CMA, the area has five times more space and now offers “a new retail area, new spacious café and culinary options, an enhanced ticketing experience, and an above-water viewing terrace above the dolphin habitats with Clearwater Bay as a backdrop.”

Photos: Take a look at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s expansion

“We’re proud to be a community asset for the Tampa Bay region,” said CEO Frank Dame. “This unveiling is just the beginning. We will continue to add new exhibits and experiences to delight and surprise our guests, giving you a reason to keep coming back to see what’s new at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.”

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The new additions are part of a $80 million expansion, including the addition of a 1.5 million gallon dolphin habitat in July.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.