The bottom line is that my family and I had a good time at this zoo and aquarium. Zoo experiences can vary greatly depending on how active the critters are and for some reason we caught quite a few of them being really active. The dueling polar bears who wrestled and thrashed in the water for ten straight minutes were an awesome sight to see. No doubt, you get to see some big and exotic animals up close, but it may come at a price...your conscience. Now, I am not a member of PETA, nor am I one who is usually sensitive to the plight of animals in captivity, but some of the enclosures that get you so close to the action are painfully small. Yes, this place gave me a bad case of "zoo guilt." The penguin enclosure, the walrus pool, and the shark tank were particularly petite. The tiger enclosure and the arctic fox micro-apartment weren't much better. In a nut shell, this place gave me very mixed emotions. I saw some amazing things in a compact, easily navigated, and family friendly atmosphere, but I also left feeling like some of what I saw just wasn't very humane.
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