Last summer we tried to visit the aquarium on a rainy day during a beach trip; when we saw the line of people waiting to get tickets and couldnt find a parking space, we changed our minds. We decided to visit the aquarium in the off season (we visited in early March) and I am glad we waited.
Perhaps because it had snowed in the morning the place was practically empty. The aquarium is so enjoyable when you can linger as long as you want at each tank or exhibit and not feel like you are blocking someone's view. When we were at the Ray and Shark Touch tank there were only two other families around the large tank. At one of the classrooms;which normally would have been packed with children, the staff member invited us to join him as he had no one in his classroom and he related a wealth of information on the all the crabs and baby alligators in there. We all agreed that watching the beluga whales; (who definetly are curious people watchers) was the highlight of the trip. A close second was the sea lion show.
The only part that we felt was not worth the time or money (an extra $6) was the 4D show. The times say 2pm to 3pm; making it seem as if you are paying for an hour movie; not so ; the movie was around 15 minutes and was on a smaller than expected screen.
All in all, I would recommend an "off season" tour of the aquarium to avoid the crowds. Try to pick a "warm" winter day; as many of the exhibits require walking outside from building to building and the belugas and penquins are viewed from the outside.
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