While we enjoyed the shows, and found much to admire about the exhibits (everything was in excellent repair and had very good signage) there were some aspects that were disappointing here. The outdoor exhibit spaces were crowded - they seemed small for the animals and did not give enough viewing room during shows. My 5'3" wife was unable to see any of the sea lion show because of the size of the crowd pressed into the tiny viewing area (and this was early in the morning before most people arrived). When we went inside in the afternoon, the place was absolutely jammed with people. At times you could hardly move, and had no hope of getting close to the exhibits you wanted to see, and this was Monday. I would hate to see it on the weekend. Crowding is exacerbated by poor design of interior space. On the main exhibit level, once you have made your way through the exhibits, you have no choice but to retrace your steps, pushing through people headed the opposite direction. This essentially doubles the apparent crowding.
On the plus side the indoor exhibits that we saw really are first class. The children's play area (Clownfish Cove) is excellent. The food is a little pricey, but is also of superior quality, and the lineup problems mentioned in a previous review seem to have been solved.
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