The main attraction, however, is the "Open Ocean" exhibit, the 285,000 tank filled with a variety of sharks, barracuda, tuna, sea turtles, parrot fish, and a hundreds of schooling fish who swim around a coral reef. The effect is impressive. When you walk into the darkened room, it has the effect of a wall of water from floor to ceiling, teeming with fish. The plexiglass wall is so transparent, I have run into to it several times. This, the largest room, also has a bank of padded stairs to sit on, rather like stadium seating, and it is usually filled with people just watching the fish, which is something I could do for hours. The sleek, powerful movement of the sharks is positively hypnotic.
If you want a longer look in more comfortable surroundings, you can have lunch at the Shark Reef Café and watch the fish from the other side of the tank.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 31, 2010
From journal Living It, Loving It
Overland Park, Kansas
November 24, 2002
As I said to start, this was a small aquarium and we were through the whole thing in less than an hour.
At $4.50, it was not too badly priced, but we are members of our local zoos. Friends of the Zoo and the Aquarium are reciprocal, so the admission was free for us. Also, there is a special one day admission pass for the Rio Grande Zoo, the Aquarium, and the Botantical Gardens, which saves a few dollars and while all are very nice, you can do all three in a day without rushing.
From journal Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico
, New Mexico
August 11, 2002
From journal Duke City Diversions - Part I