Our 18 month old grandson loves fish. We are from Florida and are used to very large aquariums, but ... for a state in the middle of the country, far from any ocean, it is nice that someone put together an aquarium so that children can get an up close look at live sea creatures that they otherwise might never see. We were surprised that for such a small place they have a rather large indoor tank with quite a variety of fish swimming that can be viewed as well as all the smaller tanks they have. Our grandson enjoyed reaching for and touching the rays in their tank as well.
This aqarium is very small in an industrial area, as mentioned before, in a small strip center. However, it is very close to the interstate (and the mall) and very easy to find. If you are going to be in Boise for the day anyway, this would be an easy side trip. We came at 2:30 in the afternoon and it was not too crowded. The parking lot is small, so if it were packed with cars or buses, that would be a clue that it was very crowded and I would try another day.
Even though our grandson is only 18 months old, he had a ball and we were very careful with him, he is our responsibility to watch out for, not the staff's. We spent a little over an hour here and he could have stayed longer he loves the fish so much. He will be able to visit aquariums in Florida when he comes to visit there, but I am glad there is a place way out here in Idaho that he can enjoy and learn from.
At $9.00 for adults, this is not really a lot compared to other aquariums around the country that are a bit larger. I would not bother with a season pass if I lived out here though. It would be nice if they were to invest the funds they make into eventually growing into a larger facility. If you were to put this next to a larger aquarium like some of the ones in our home state, I would say it was terrible, but ... there is nothing else like it out here, so for that reason, I would have to say it is very good.
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