Aquarium of Niagara - very small indeed!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Muchmor on June 3, 2011

The aquarium in Niagara Falls is included in the Discovery Pass ticket ($33 per adult, $26 for kids), so if you have this you may as well take advantage and go. But if you are thinking of buying a separate ticket ($10 per adult, $6 for kids) just to go here, then you may be disappointed.

You can walk to the aquarium or take the trolly (included in Discovery Pass) to get there. Of course you can also drive, but no doubt you will have already parked in one of the main Niagara car parks, so walking or trolly is the best option.

When you enter the aquarium the first exhibit is the penguins and who doesn’t love penguins. The exhibit is glass fronted and you can see lots of penguins in the fake lake/cave structure. One good thing is that all the penguins are named and have their photo above the glass so you can identify each one by name. Each has very distinctive markings so you can easily spot them.

Whilst we were there there was quite a bit of x-rated behavior going on which was very amusing. There was a group of young school kids there during our visit and the teachers told the kids that the penguins were cleaning each other! It turned out several of the female penguins got "cleaned" whilst we were watching which was only broken up by the keeper going into the enclosure and feeding them. Very amusing.

The rest of the aquarium is taken up by smaller exhibits of various fish types and frogs and other amphibians. They also have lots of shark jaws on display which you can step into to see how easily one of these could swallow you.

Before you know it you will be at the end of the tour and in the gift shop. It is a very very small aquarium. Outside is an area where they have a few sea lions who have been rescued. One looked as if it were blind and another had big gashes in his side that had healed. These too are fed at intervals so you can watch.

This is definitely the smallest and least impressive aquarium we have ever visited, but as part of the Discovery Pass you may as well take a look.
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool St
Niagara Falls, New York, 14301
(716) 285-3575

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