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The Florida Aquarium Voted Best Tourist Spot in Tampa

August 18, 2009

fl-aquarium-1Tampa, Fla. (August 17, 2008) –, which reported 1.8 million unique users in June, unveiled The Florida Aquarium as the winner of “Best Tampa Tourist Spot” in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Awards on Monday, August 17. Fan voting took place between May 5 and July 15, 2009 as people voted for their favorite family-friendly businesses in Tampa from a handful of nominated tourist destinations.

“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen by the parents who frequent as the best tourism destination in Tampa,” says Thom Stork, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. “We’ve been selected as one of the best Aquariums in the country by some wonderful travel resources, but this hits closer to home because it comes from our own guests and Members.”

This is the fourth such honor the aquarium has received in as many years. Coastal Living ranked Tampa’s aquarium in its “Top 10 Aquariums in North America” and Parents Magazine, ranked it in their top five “family-friendly aquariums in the country.”

Stork certainly likes the trend.

“We’ve carefully worked to create a special experience in downtown Tampa,” says Stork. “More and more people are coming to see for themselves the great programs we have to offer and it makes me very proud of our team at the Aquarium.”

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