Bring your Gasparilla beads to Florida Aquarium for free or discounted admission

Posted at 9:45 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 13:12:00-05

It's no secret that a lot of beads will be circulated at the three Gasparilla parades in Tampa, but now you can turn those beads in for something you can use!

As part of the "Keep the Beads Out of the Bay" promotion, the Florida Aquarium is encouraging people going to the Gasparilla parades to protect the environment and recycle their beads.

To help inspire people to be environmentally responsible, The Florida Aquarium is offering discounted and free admission to those who bring their beads to the aquarium.

As part of its “Keep the Beads Out of the Bay” promotion anyone who brings 10 pounds of beads to the aquarium will receive $10 off one general admission ticket. Those who bring 30 pounds or more will get free admission.

“Beads that end up in the bay can be harmful to the environment and the marine life that call the bay home,” said The Florida Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann. “So we encourage people attending the parades to be careful and keep their beads out of the bay.”

The offer runs through January 27.

You can also turn beads in to the City of Tampa at these sites.