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Review of Aquarium of Boise

Aquarium of Boise
Ranked #25 of 124 things to do in Boise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Aquarium of Boise (a 501 (c)3 non-for-profit) is the only place of its kind in Idaho. It is an interactive aquarium where children and adults can touch, feed, and learn about each individual animal. Come be a part of the Aquarium of Boise family, explore the ocean with your own hands, and leave with the greatest memories! Our Mission is to educate and inspire the conservation and enhancement of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems through hands-on interaction. Regular Admission: Single Adult Admission: $10.00 Children (7- 11): $7.00 Children (3-6): $5.00 Children (2 and under): Free Senior (55+): $8.00 Military: $8.00 College Student (w/ ID): $8.00
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“Repeated legal problems”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

We had a family membership and have not renewed. The owners were recently in trouble with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for illegally buying and transporting animals from Florida. They also just had puffins confiscated by the Fish and Wildlife service as well due to improper housing of migratory birds. Apparently at an after-hours party, there were cups floating in the puffin exhibit, and visitors were allowed to have contact with the puffins. Before you go here, please do an online-search of news outlets to see if it someplace you would want to support.

Visited December 2012
9 Thank salar36
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Longboat Key, Florida
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267 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Small compared to some around the country ... but fun for children!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Our 18 month old grandson loves fish. We are from Florida and are used to very large aquariums, but ... for a state in the middle of the country, far from any ocean, it is nice that someone put together an aquarium so that children can get an up close look at live sea creatures that they otherwise might never see. We were surprised that for such a small place they have a rather large indoor tank with quite a variety of fish swimming that can be viewed as well as all the smaller tanks they have. Our grandson enjoyed reaching for and touching the rays in their tank as well.
This aqarium is very small in an industrial area, as mentioned before, in a small strip center. However, it is very close to the interstate (and the mall) and very easy to find. If you are going to be in Boise for the day anyway, this would be an easy side trip. We came at 2:30 in the afternoon and it was not too crowded. The parking lot is small, so if it were packed with cars or buses, that would be a clue that it was very crowded and I would try another day.
Even though our grandson is only 18 months old, he had a ball and we were very careful with him, he is our responsibility to watch out for, not the staff's. We spent a little over an hour here and he could have stayed longer he loves the fish so much. He will be able to visit aquariums in Florida when he comes to visit there, but I am glad there is a place way out here in Idaho that he can enjoy and learn from.

At $9.00 for adults, this is not really a lot compared to other aquariums around the country that are a bit larger. I would not bother with a season pass if I lived out here though. It would be nice if they were to invest the funds they make into eventually growing into a larger facility. If you were to put this next to a larger aquarium like some of the ones in our home state, I would say it was terrible, but ... there is nothing else like it out here, so for that reason, I would have to say it is very good.

Visited August 2013
8 Thank shelbee67
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Boise, Idaho, United States
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Fun for a family & small kids!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

This was a fun place to take my son, we really enjoyed feeding the stingrays! It cost $3 for 4 little fish. The other tank has tropical fish & you can get a little cup full of shrimp for $3 also & feed them. Then there are iguanas, lizzards, a turtle, octopus, eels, a touch tank etc. This place is not real big, & only takes about an hour or two to go thru, but they have done a nice job with providing interesting & fun things for people to enjoy. Our cousins are in town & we are taking them here for her little kids to see. This is a nice little aquarium for Boise & the more people that visit the better it will get.

Visited July 2013
5 Thank Lauri H
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“A great place to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

My children loved this place. Our favorite part was when we feed the stingrays fish, we were able to pet them and they loved it. The stingrays would come up to you and want to be touched! I thought it would have been a bigger place full of more animals but it was still a great place to go. We must have stayed 2 hours and most of our time was spend with the stingrays!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank OregonTrish
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Merrillville, Indiana
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186 reviews
137 attraction reviews
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“Not much to see”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

Unfortunately, there wasn't much to see at the Idaho Aquarium. It's very small and not many animals on exhibit. The only good thing they had was the lorikeet exhibit, where lorikeets can be fed nectar in the enclosure. Other than that, this is one place you'll want to skip. Just not worth visiting.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank birdlady07
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