Clearwater Marine Aquarium hosts Brews & Rescues to celebrate expansion

Naturally, you can get a pic with Winter the Dolphin.

click to enlarge Clearwater Marine Aquarium hosts Brews & Rescues to celebrate expansion

Next week, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is celebrating its massive expansion with two things Floridians love: booze and dolphin photo ops. The ticketed event, Brews & Rescues, invites attendees to sip cocktails (or brews) while checking out the aquarium’s new state-of-the-art dolphin complex and brand new facility.

CMA is best known for rehabilitating the iconic bottlenose dolphin, Winter. After losing her tail from becoming entangled in a crab trap line at just two months old, the aquarium not only took Winter in but also partnered up with the Hanger Clinic to develop a prosthetic tail. You may have seen the dolphin on the big screen in “Dolphin Tale” and Dolphin Tale 2” starring major stars including Morgan Freeman and Henry Connick, Jr. The now 14-year-old dolphin still resides at CMA alongside a slew of other rescued animals including otters, pelicans, sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks.

Tickets for the Brews & Rescues, happening on Nov. 13, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., event include food from sponsored local restaurants, brews, cocktails, live entertainment, and even a mermaid meet and greet. To commemorate the occasion, you can pop in front of a custom manatee flower wall. 

By the way, you have to leave the kids at home for this 21+ event, which is probably much-needed thanks to virtual learning and quarantining. 

Members can slide in for $50 presale/$60 at the door, non-members are charged $60 pre-sale/$70 at the door. You can grab tickets through the aquarium’s website ( until the day of the event, but beware, tickets are limited to ensure social distancing for guests. Proceeds will benefit CMA's future manatee rehabilitation efforts. So you can think of it as an adult's night out for a good cause.

Although this event is happening during a pandemic, Brews & Rescues is taking precautions to keep staff and attendees safe. That means adhering to state safety guidelines for attractions, enhancing health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, social distancing, and face-covering requirements.

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