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“So many reasons not to visit Marineland”
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I visited Marineland a few days ago and to say it was disappointing is putting it mildly!
Really overpriced, broken rides, sad looking sea mammals in tiny chlorinated bath tubs, stressed out deer baking in the heat, bears crowded together in a filthy moat begging for corn pops the list goes on and on.
The distance between every attraction is so far that on a hot day it is almost impossible to see everything and with little kids in tow forget it.
I notice that they have spent a lot on advertising this year, why are they so desperate?
If they spent their advertising budget on improving conditions for the animals that might improve their image.

5  Thank Newton M
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We loved everything! A must do for anyone visiting Niagara Falls!
The animals seem to be well treated and the staff were great with them anytime we saw any interaction. Would have liked to have seen the deer have more shade and place to rest from all the visitors though.

Thank Crivett3
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

You need to be picky.. some things are fine, some not so much. If you're picky, you can make it a 4 star day, which is why I made it 4 star. If you don't, perhaps the day won't be as great. Let's cover a lot of ground. (1) price: It's not cheap. $40 bucks or so per person just to get in. However, for another $5 just inside the main gate you get a pass for the rest of the season (ends mid October, I think Canadian Thanksgiving wknd). So if you visit say 2-3x in one season, it's fine. (2) main show. No more orcas, now it's belugas, dolphins, sea lions (they look like seals to me, but anyway). It's a good show, kids say 2-10 get into it. We went twice this season, each time saw the show twice. It gets old for the grownups, but kids like it. The smaller amphitheater that was immediately to the right of the entrance closed 5 yrs ago, now it houses retired animals and looks quite sad (I remember what it used to be). (3) deer park: there was a time employees got touchy about how you walked towards the deer, and what you fed them. Too touchy IMO. These days, it's the other extreme. You have brats perhaps 6-12 yrs old who have a whale of a time terrorizing the deer, playing chase with them. It's really bad. However I found that saying some comments out loud such as "who let that kid loose?" tends to galvanize parents into some level of civility and compassion. Maybe it could have led to trouble as well though. There seem to be no employees at the deer park, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. When the deer calm down, they're nice to feed and take pics of. They are so skittish now, that you need to approach them carefully or wait until they seek refuge near you. The days of deer approaching humans seem done. 4) feeding carp, bear: this is a hoot. tons of carp (bring cereal, bread, whatever) and around 10 black bears? bears love old pizza and the food your kid drops all day long at the park.. they are omnivorous after all. (5) feeding beluga: this costs $8.50 per person for a few minutes while a trainer beside you feeds fish to a beluga, while maybe you get to pet it. There is a lineup, 3 feeding stations (?), and it's over quick. my kid liked it, and so did many grownups around us. (6) kiddie rides: plenty of kids crying who don't make the ride minimum height cut, so check beforehand if you don't want your kid to be one of them. There are enough rides, lineups are up to 15-30 mins for popular ones, less for less popular or as you approach 6pm. (7) grownup rides: my personal favourite, the redeeming ride in the park, is Dragon Mountain. I've gone "groupie" on this one in previous visits, now my 13 yr old is doing this, and the Sky Screamer. I bring my own food to the park (you can't ever bring enough water, fruits if you're to bum around on a hot day), so I can't speak to the restaurant experience there but it seems the usual fare of burgers fries, hot dogs, etc. As for souvenir shop, the stuffed animals seem a tad steep but the inflatable ones (these are Marineland classics, all the kids want these - they sell a white beluga, blue dolphin, brown walrus with white tusks, and a black orca) are $6.99 apiece which I would say is reasonable. I found that almost a week later they still keep their air, so they don't seem cheaply made. The rides close at indeterminate times late in the day, starting from the rides farther away from the gate, and they close in some sort of geographic sequence until they draw you out around 8-9pm depending on when the sun is setting. Parking lot is huge, gets close to full on weekends, and free. There is a hot dog stand just outside the exit, and IMO these were awful for both taste and digestion. Maybe I was unlucky, but I won't be having those again. Your day at Marineland requires hat and sunscreen. By 6-7pm you may be wondering why you didn't pack mosquito repellant, especially if you're near the souvenir shop (which is beside both the amphitheater and the main washrooms), as you wait on the benches for your friends or family, you will feed mosquitoes. If you're expecting to be wow'ed by the park when you walk in, you're in for a disappointment. I would say the park is visibly aging - it's what it was many yrs ago, except the small amphit is now closed, belugas took over from orcas, the rides are older. That is not an appealing description, I realize, but back then the park carried you - now you have to make the park work for you. It's a different experience, now you need to be your own tour guide. Bring good attitude and plan ahead how you'll spend your time, and it will be fine.

7  Thank fred g
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Went in with no expectations, and left with it being just ok
the marine show was fantastic, great trainers, great interaction with dolphins (etc) - that part was fantastic.
Too spacious in between rides/animals - lots of walking with nothing to look at.
the steel coaster was ok, and i was very disappointed in the deer/bison habitat - No grass - all dirt - conditions looked horrible. Looks like more money was spent on the entranceway of the deer habitat than the deer itself. in a perfect world, the deer would be out front where all the grass and trees are (and i did not see any water for the deer)
I would not go back.
PS - on a very positive note - Walter Ostanek playing the patio in the lunch area - that was awesome.

1  Thank KT5150
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I was very much looking forward to finally getting the chance to visit Marineland. I was SO disappointed. Lots of walking to the very few attractions. The tanks the animals were in looked very dirty - cloudy water with lots floating around. None of the animals looked happy to be there.

The only exciting part of the visit was feeding deer. The sea life wasn't worth it at all.

3  Thank Jason B
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