A part of the Museum Campus Complex, this place draws over two million visitors annually. Yes, there are crowds, but it’s totally worth it. Opened in 1929, the aquarium at the moment houses some 20,000 animals covering 1500 species. Expansions have led to added exhibits, which includes the Carribean Reef and the Oceanarium. Whales, Otters, Seals and Dolphins are common sights here, as are other exotics. This place is really kid-friendly, as all shows and exhibits are geared towards education. Ask the staff pretty much anything related to the museum and they’ll provide you with a lethora of information.
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I've been to a few aquariums, and this one is definitely my favorite. The staff is friendly and knowledge about the marine life. The open floor plan encourages walking around. The architecture makes me feel like I'm actually in the locations with some of these fish. This is also the first aquarium I've been to where the stingray staff actually teaches patrons how to hold their hands so the stingrays come right up to you! They're like smooth, water-bound dogs! So cool!
First, there are many wonderful and amazing creatures to see in the different areas of the aquarium, including the Wild Reef and the dolphin show. That, of course, is the best part and the reason to visit. Second, expect to pay an arm and a leg to get in and see anything other than the basics. You can get a lower cost ticket, but that doesn't cover special areas or shows. We went with a member, so everything was covered. Look on the website beforehand so that you aren't surprised by the price. Third, if you have a stroller or are in a wheelchair, you can go through the accessible entrance. If not, you'll have to wait in a pretty long line for the main entrance and go up the front stairs. Lastly, bring you own food and drinks unless you want to fork over some more cash. They allow you to bring your own stuff, so no worries about that. Then you can sit in a cafeteria or in an outdoor seating area. Overall, you should definitely visit! Just be prepared for the cost.
A fun family place to be for a few hours. The dolphin show is great. The aquarium even keeps a few rescue dogs! Staff is all very knowledgeable about the aquarium and marine life in general. The in-house restaurant is a bit pricey, but not bad. You don't have to spend the whole day here, but you can also take your time if you want. I loved the beluga whales :) There's also a section about the fish of lake Michigan.
Excellent experience. This is the most beautiful thing you'll see second to seeing these animals in their natural habitats. Ticket prices may seem a little high but it's well worth the money. You will see 4d movie, dolphin and whale show, many hands on experiences. We spent 5hrs there and could have done more! There is a food court... it's expensive for cafeteria food. The gift shop was cute and moderately priced.
If you cannot handle a lot a people then don't come, this place is an AMAZING place to visit and is always busy with people. PLAN YOUR TRIP WISELY! If you come on a Saturday in the summer then expect a line, it's as simple as that, also for the ticket pricing. You must keep in mind that this museum does have over 32,000 animals and is probably expensive to maintain in such a great condition. So the tickets will be a little bit more than other museums. If the staff tells you to please come early to a show because it gets crowded, then come early. Don't come five minutes before the show starts then complain about how uncomfortable you were during the show. This place is AMAZING and does a GREAT job at trying to accommodate to a lot of guests. There is so much to do here so don't pass up the opportunity!