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Address: 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone Number: 716 285 3575; 800 500 4609
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Description: The "First Inland Oceanarium" features more than 1,500 marine animals...
The "First Inland Oceanarium" features more than 1,500 marine animals including sharks, piranha, California sea lions and the endangered Peruvian penguin.
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small place

It is an OK place. Seems to be a little abandoned by the public and renovations are needed. Kids loved the seals show

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
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Curitiba, PR
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Curitiba, PR
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It is an OK place. Seems to be a little abandoned by the public and renovations are needed. Kids loved the seals show

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Niagara Falls, New York
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I really like the seals and seahorses. More fun than I expected. Nowhere to sit though. Difficult for someone with a handicap.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My husband and I spent today visiting this small Aquarium based in the USA side of Niagara Falls. As we were visiting in early January 2015 the venue was very quiet but it gave us the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Aquarium without lots of other visitors. We especially enjoyed talking to the animal trainers who were very knowledgeable and... More 

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Port Washington, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Have been coming here since the 1970's when I was a child. Glad to see that the place is well maintained and that the animals are well cared for. Looking forward to when the renovations are done as the number of exhibits seemed to be a bit smaller than when I was younger. Still enjoyed it very much and will... More 

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear UpstateDownstate73, Thank you for making a return visit to the Aquarium! We are so happy to hear you've been enjoying our facility for so many years. As you know, we have been around serving the area since 1965, and are proud of the hard work of our staff and volunteers. As you mentioned, we are about to undergo some... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Staff was friendly. Very easy to get to the aquarium off the highway. There was no wait time to get in but I loved how they had some animals in a pool outside to view before you even got to the entrance. Lots of fish tanks were empty with 'under construction' signs on them. There was one lonely sea lion... More 

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear Ash L, Thank you for stopping by the Aquarium! We are glad you enjoyed the penguin feeding and information session. We are in the process of pre-construction before we break ground on our major renovation project in 2015. It's a very exciting time at the Aquarium, and we thank you for your patience. This year will be our 50th... More 

Appleton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a small aquarium with not a huge variety. But, that being said, no tanks are "over stocked" or too crowded. Lots of educational material, and throughout the day they have activities to show guests how they care for and feed the animals. I just wish there were fewer displays of stuffed sharks and more actual animals.

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear Janet102, Thank you for visiting the Aquarium! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time here. We appreciate your feedback. In 2015, we'll be breaking ground on renovating and refurbishing many of our exhibits, so even more interactive and educational surprises are just around the corner. We hope to see you again, soon! Best wishes, AON Management More 

Fredonia, New York
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125 reviews 125 reviews
38 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The aquarium is a small one by comparison but a nice stop if you're in the area. The penguin exhibit is right off the entry as you make your way around and catches your attention immediately. They do a nice of during their educational sessions. I've been as a teacher with students as well as a mom with my child.... More 

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear SonjaV1, Thank you for visiting the Aquarium! We're happy you enjoyed your time, and that you had an opportunity to ask questions about our Humboldt Penguin colony. We are proud of our passionate staff- they love answering any questions you may have, any time. We are about to embark on a period of refurbishment and renovation, and we think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We did not expect to spend more than an hour there, but we were wrong. We caught the sea lions act, the feeding of the seals, then the hands-on class down below, another sea lion show, and finally the feeding of the penguins. All the staff were friendly and informative. We had an absolute blast!

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer C., Thank you for visiting the Aquarium! We are so happy you enjoyed your time here and had the opportunity to catch our sea lion presentation, plus our penguin and harbor seal feedings! Did you see how big Cruz is getting? He's already 81 lbs.! :) We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Happy... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Small aquarium that serves as a rescue for injured, orphaned sea animals, such as seals. Does not exploit sea animals (such as SeaWorld). Support them.

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear Nadine815, Thank you for visiting us, and we're glad you enjoyed your time here. We appreciate your continued support of our not-for-profit facility. It is our passion to serve animals in need! We hope you'll return again, soon. Best wishes, AON Management More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The whole family enjoyed the time we spent here. Enjoyed the show and displays. Wish we would have had a little more time but the aquarium was closing so we had to leave.

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Lindsay H, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of Niagara, responded to this review

Dear Charlie C., Thank you for visiting the Aquarium! We're so glad you enjoyed your time here and hope you'll join us again, soon. We have a lot of exciting things happening! Best wishes, AON Management More 

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