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Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
716 285 3575; 800 500 4609
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Ranked #16 of 35 Attractions in Niagara Falls
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: The "First Inland Oceanarium" features more than 1,500 marine animals including sharks, piranha, California sea lions and the endangered Peruvian... more » Owner description: The "First Inland Oceanarium" features more than 1,500 marine animals including sharks, piranha, California sea lions and the endangered Peruvian penguin. « less
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Galloway, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I went to the Aquarium as a part of our Discovery Pass we purchased online from NPS.com. We walked to the Aquarium from the Visitors Center. Its a nice 15 minute walk, we recommend you to take the trolley because you will be tired from the hike. We got to the end of the pedestrian bridge and... More

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

Dear Amazon_Chocolate, We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience at the Aquarium. We are a non-profit facility about to celebrate our 50th anniversary, and are excited to be undergoing a lot of change. Unfortunately when you visited, we had much of the Aquarium closed to the public due to some of the pre-construction projects for our new... More

Elyria, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I was a little disappointed that there was not more to this Aquarium but I guess because we had bought the package deal and this was included in the price I couldn't complain too much. The show they put on was nice but all and all it was nothing much to see.

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

Dear Grandparentsof4, We're sorry you did not fully enjoy your experience at the Aquarium. During your visit, you probably noticed some of the facility closed to the public due to some ongoing pre-construction for our new penguin exhibit. We appreciate your patience while we get ready for all of the exciting changes on the way! We do hope you'll visit... More

Buffalo, New York
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307 reviews 307 reviews
145 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I haven't been here for several years but decided to use up my Entertainment coupon. After visiting the Toronto aquarium this was a bit of a letdown. I realize they are doing some renovations but only 15 indoor live exhibits???? It is always nice to see the outdoor sea lion pool with the waterfall before you enter. In the past... More

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

Dear Marcia B, Thank you for visiting the Aquarium! We're glad to have you back. As you noticed, we are undergoing an exciting period of redesign, renovation, and remodel after 50 years serving Western New York and Southern Ontario. What you saw was the pre-construction portion of our new penguin exhibit. As a non profit organization, we rely on the... More

Scranton, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This aquarium does not look like much when you arrive. But, it is very educational and it is a nice place because you can get right up close to the animals, it was not over-crowded.

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

Dear Natalie P, We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aquarium! It is our mission to educate the public about marine conservation and we're always looking for new ways to improve visitor experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes, AON Management More

Piscataway, New Jersey
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104 reviews 104 reviews
53 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The aquarium is small but still educational. I don't think it's worth the price of admission. It was included in our pass so we went. Parking is free. For our trip, we purchased the Niagara USA Discovery Pass. This pass includes Niagara Adventure Theater, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Wind, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and Maid of the Mist.... More

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

Dear Aquarianne11, Thank you for visiting the Aquarium of Niagara. We're sorry you weren't totally satisfied with your visit. As we refurbish, rebuild, and renovate our 50 year old facility, we always appreciate suggestions. Over the next 5 years, our space will undergo a major change, including a new penguin exhibit and technology upgrade. We hope to see you again... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Small aquarium with a good location. We took our 2 year old here. She enjoyed it, but at the end of the day I didn't think the size and number of activities justified the admission price.

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

Dear Holtster1, Thank you for visiting the Aquarium of Niagara with your family. We do hope you enjoyed your experience. Unfortunately, during your visit, you probably noticed some of our construction activity, leaving a portion of the facility closed to the public. We are undergoing an exciting period of change as we prepare to break ground on our new penguin... More

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Aquarium of Niagara, also known as the "Aquarium of Niagara Falls" and the "Niagara Falls Aquarium", is a not-for-profit aquarium in Niagara Falls, New York. Located in a circular building approximately 200 meters from the Niagara River, the Aquarium of Niagara opened June 12, 1965 and was originally owned by a group of chemists and other scientists (it is now... More

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

Dear Burr6013, We are sorry to hear you didn't fully enjoy your experience at the Aquarium. As you mentioned in your review, our non-profit facility has been open for 50 years and has been a staple in the community thanks to support from visitors, students, and groups from all over the world. We are primarily funded through the price of... More

South Florida, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The aquarium is small but still informative. Best for young children in my opinion. The couple of staff members we had direct contact with were quite rude; certainly not friendly and informative as should be expected at a place of fun and learning. I don't think it's worth the price off admission. I'd skip it and spend more time in... More

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

I'm so sorry to hear you did not fully enjoy your experience at the Aquarium recently. We are always working to improve and will make note of this situation for the future. I do hope you'll return sometime to see all of the changes coming to the Aquarium. We have been in operation for 50 years, and are embarking on... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We had the Discovery Pass which included the aquarium at a great savings and we took the scenic trolley from the Niagara State Park visitors center which would have been much too long a walk otherwise but it was a nice ride. The aquarium had a great seal show then we got to watch the younger seals have free play... More

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

Thank you for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience. Best wishes, AON Management More

TOLEDO
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the whole place smelt fishy. yes i know its an aquarium but i have been to other aquariums that don't smell fishy we got to see them feed the sea lions and give us their life facts and allowed us to ask questions besides the smell it was nice they have a real octopus couldn't get a picture because no... More

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

Thank you for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience. Best wishes, AON Management More

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