We are big aquarium fans and were thrilled to find out there was one within easy driving distance. Our first mistake was visiting on a weekday in the middle of Spring Break. The line to enter the aquarium snaked far around the building and the parking garage was full by 11:30 am. We decided to eat lunch and try again afterwards. By the time we returned and found parking, we were able to get in quickly but couldn't see much because of the huge crowds crammed into relatively small areas. We slowly worked our way through the exhibits, appalled to see the dirty conditions of the "lab" areas and the tiny tanks for the seals and sea turtles. The very large sea turtle repeatedly swam from one end of the tank to the other, back and forth, back and forth. While it was entertaining for the children it just didn't seem like a big enough tank for that size animal. There is very, very little pride taken in the cleanliness of this aquarium and it is sad to see the animals in such conditions. We also saw several animals/fish with obvious health problems.
The cafe was disgusting. Yes, it was a ridiculously busy day, but the staff was not even trying to clean up the dining area nearly 3 hours after the lunch rush. There was food and garbage all over the floor, liquid spills, and the tables were filthy. We only bought drinks.
The staff interacting with the guests at the "touch" tanks left a lot to be desired. The one man at the shark tank was fairly pleasant, but the ray tank host was abrasive and sarcastic. The guy at the seal tank was also a gem.
The meerkats were a huge hit with my kids. They also enjoyed the thrill ride. This is, at most, a 3-4 hour visit if you don't watch the imax movie. Perhaps it would be better in the summer at a less busy time, but overall it was disappointing.
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