It was our first trip, and I found the property to be more like an aquatic zoo, with it's extensive exibits and size. There are temporary exibits, and I was impressed with the work and detail they put into something that won't be there forever. Beautiful wall murals, lots of cool cavelike tunnels to walk through as you tour the exhibit. Hands on places for the curious. Outdoor exhibits like the seals and sea lions, beautifully landscaped walkways, 2 giftshops, including a fudge counter (Got to mention the important things!), and nice, but kind of pricey, cafeteria. They also did not forget the restless and wild little ones and provided them with a play area complete with sea life sculptures to climb all over and hopefully get some of that energy out of them! And, of course, the showpiece of this beautiful aquarium- the Sea Tunnel, where you walk through 3, I believe, different tunnels that contain the actual water from the harbor flowing through them. They each contain different sea life, but the most exciting is the shark tunnel. You are surrounded on all sides, even under your feet, with fascinating creatures swimming all around you. You may also get you hand stamped and return again later on the same day. The price is worth it for this amazing attraction. After visiting the aquarium, drive just down the front street and go visit the Aquarium Shops. They are back off the street, so don't judge by what you see when you park. They have so many shops decorated up to look like a mariners village, with an emphasis on pirates. Pirate sculptues, and a small climb-on pirate ship for your little mateys. Good prices on souveneirs here, too.
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