With the release of Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s next big blockbuster, Dolphin Tale, just days away, Clearwater, Fla reminds visitors that they too can be part of the big screen action by visiting the intact sets from the film. Dolphin Tale was shot on location in Clearwater and guests can now not only see the places from the movie but interact with the films’ star, Winter.
No location is as notable as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), which is not only one of the country’s preeminent marine rehabilitation facilities, but home to Winter, the tailless dolphin whose story of survival is the inspiration behind the movie. Guests at the CMA will see imagery from the movie from the moment they arrive and movie set pieces are clearly marked. The House Boat belonging to Harry Connick Jr.’s character still floats in the Intracoastal waterway and the Aquarium Director’s office, both in the movie and in real life, functions just as it does in the film. Most of all, the real Winter is at home in the Aquarium where fans can come and see her.
In addition to the CMA, scenes from the movie can be recognized all over the city. Beachgoers on beautiful Honeymoon Island will remember the sugar white sand and turquoise Gulf Waters; while a drive past Clearwater High School will almost certainly produce a sense of déjà vu. In downtown Clearwater, the Harborview Center is currently undergoing a renovation to serve as a new extension of the CMA, and will also house a number of set pieces for visitors to enjoy.
Dolphin Tale is based on Winter’s true story of survival, learning to survive and thrive after the loss of her tail. The 3D blockbuster stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. alongside the real Winter.
As well as being home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the City of Clearwater is a year-round beach destination on Florida’s acclaimed Gulf coast, consistently hailed as one of the top beaches in the U.S. Clearwater offers extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea with a wide range of dining and accommodation options. Many local properties are offering special packages inviting people to visit Winter, all of which are available on the CMA’s website, www.seewinter.com.
More information about the City of Clearwater can be found at www.visitclearwaterflorida.com.
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.