this was a day trip for us. Stopping at the Visitors Center was great because we got discounted adult tickets and very good directions with information. (GPS can get confusing sometimes). Parking was convenient. I was a little taken back with the price of childrens' tickets (visitor center did not have childrens tickets). Grandchildren are 5 and 6-tickets were $20.00 each. Did get AAA discount which helped a little. The children were very excited about the exhibits and displays. Favorite was touching the stingrays. The center tank was awesome and scuba divers were in the tank while we were there so that was quite interesting for the children. Lots of information and very helpful employees with good information and patience in answering children's questions. The location of the Aquarium was fun and interesting as well.