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“Save your money” 2 of 5 stars
Review of National Park Aquarium

National Park Aquarium
209 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
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Ranked #33 of 62 things to do in Hot Springs
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Stonewall, Louisiana
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“Save your money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

This was a new attraction since we last came and our kids LOVE aquariums so we thought it would be great. SO WRONG! $5.50 per person to get in and it may be worth $2.00.
A small room with fish and other aquatic animals. Good descriptions on what they were but I feel like we wasted out money.

Visited June 2012
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Denton, Texas
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“Fun and Kind of Silly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

You will not see a dolphin or a sea lion here. You will see native fish, turtles, and lizards and a few exotic creatures. It's fun in the silliest of ways with some nice hands-on exhibits, but just be aware that this is not Sea World.

Visited August 2011
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“Fun place to see fishies with the kiddos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

They have lots of local fish and it is fun for the kids to see them up close.

Visited August 2011
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St. Louis, MO
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“Should have checked the reviews first”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I was looking for an indoor place to take my kids (ages 2-3) in Hot Springs. At first this place sounded promising. We had been to the Fordyce Visitor's Center and found it very nice. I thought since this aquarium was a "National Park Aquarium", it would be equally enjoyable. Wrong. I do not believe this place to be affiliated with the National Park organization at all. This was a private collection of animals, a large collection for an individual, but small for a commercial aquarium. The area where the animals were kept was dark and dirty. My kids literally had dark brown stains on their clothes where they had kneeled on the platforms in front of the glass enclosing the animals. While the animals seemed healthy, their enclosures looked quite worn. Overall, the place gave off a feeling of not being well-cared for and definitely creepiness. I gave it two stars because despite all this, my kids still enjoyed seeing all the fish, spiders, and lizards. But I will not be bringing them back here.

Visited May 2012
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Senatobia, Mississippi, United States
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“Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Nice place to visit close to hotel, just wish the aquarium was bigger and filled with more things to see.

Visited June 2012
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