on July 19, 2007
I was excited to go to the aquarium. I hadn't been there since the Australian exhibit was built. Since we'd gotten tickets from our hotel through their aquarium package, we skipped the entire ticket counter area and walked right in. I must admit that I was a little disappointed by the Australia exhibit. It's very large, but it's hard to see much. The display is mostly vertical and there's nowhere to get a higher view. I wanted to get a better look at the bats, but they were so far away! I kept looking for gangways or ladders or anything that would have gotten me up 10 or 20 feet higher. I feel that the rainforest exhibit does a much better job with perspectives.On the positive side, the crowd flow seems much better in the new interior design. You used to go in the door and follow a predetermined path through the ray tank, the special exhibit, and then the regular collection and the rain forest section. On Saturdays, you had to move with the flow or risk being crushed. Now you can choose to go to different sections. Don't get me wrong - there was still a large crowd on a Friday night, but I didn't feel trapped in any exhibits like I used to.We skipped the dolphin show this time, but there is a cozy spot where you can watch the dolphin show pool from below. We watched as two dolphins "hung out" between shows. They looked like they were having so much fun.
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