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Cuteness alert: Florida Aquarium's otters, lemurs get to play with snow on Tuesday

If you are headed to the Florida Aquarium on Tuesday, make sure to check out the afternoon of snow play that's in store for the river otters and the ring-tailed lemurs, who get to celebrate Christmas early with real snow.

The forecast calls for ice and snow at 3 p.m. at the aquarium's Florida Wetlands Trail exhibit, home to its river otters, and the nearby Journey to Madagascar biodiversity hotspot will be getting a cool treat for the ring-tailed lemurs.

"Animal enrichment is a big part of who we are so incorporating fun activities for our animals that is not only enrichment for them but for our guests as well," an aquarium news release said.

The critters really tore through their snow pile last year, so expect the snow play area to only last about a half hour or so, an aquarium spokeswoman said.

The snow show is included with admission, which is $23.95, $20.95 for seniors 60+, $18.95 for kids 3-12. Tickets are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them at

Visitors to the aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, will be getting a snow play area soon as well.

The aquarium is bringing back its popular Snow Days from Dec. 26 to 30, when a 2,000 cubic-foot kids play area will have about 65 tons of snow blown in. The snow play areas will open at noon those days and are included with admission.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at or (727) 893-8595. Follow @SharonKWn.

Cuteness alert: Florida Aquarium's otters, lemurs get to play with snow on Tuesday 12/17/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2015 4:46pm]
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