Tips to visiting aquariums

My family enjoys going to visit Aquariums. There’s just so much to see and experience. Aquariums are much more than just a few tanks with fish. Many of them have glassed in tanks where you can walk under the fish and see what life looks like under the water. You can see and learn about different ecosystems and under water creatures.

Aquarium Tips and Reviews

Tips for your Visit

  • Be the first ones in!  The crowds get bigger the later it gets in the day.  If you want to enjoy the views without having to fight the crowds, get there when they first open the doors.
  • Check online first. Many aquariums offer printable coupons or discounts through their websites.  You may be able to save some money if you look online.  Sometimes local grocery chains like Kroger offer discounts at their check out lanes.
  • Check coupon booklets at Welcome Centers.  When we visited Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies we were able to get free shark tooth necklaces for everyone in our group because we found a coupon in the coupon books that we picked up when we entered Tennessee.
  • Discuss the Gift Store before you enter.  Kids need to know the expectations.  We rarely make a purchase at  a gift store, but every attraction is going to make you walk through the shop before you leave.  If you and the kids already know what to expect, you may be able to prevent a melt down.
  • Charge your batteryMake sure your camera battery is charged and your memory card empty. You’ll want to take lots of pictures.

Here are several real life reviews of popular Aquariums:

Florida Aquarium – Tampa, FL

I love the Florida Aquarium. It is not that far of a drive for my family and it is someplace we all enjoy. I took a trip there this past Sunday with my youngest son my mother. My son guided the way today, I love taking the time to see places through his eyes. Read more of Jennifer’s review here

Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium Seahorses
(Image used by permission)

Newport Aquarium – Newport, KY

The Newport Aquarium is home to more than just fish. You will find the biggest, gator in the country outside of Florida – Mighty Mike, two extremely rare Shark Rays – Sweet Pea and Scooter – the stars of the only Shark Ray breeding program in the US, sharks, rays, penguins, fish, reptiles, amphibians and more. Read the rest of Sharon’s review here…

newport aquarium

Other Aquarium Reviews

Grapevine Sealife Aquarium – Texas
Sealife Aquarium, Mall of America, MN

What’s your favorite aquarium to visit? Got any tips I should add to this list? I’d love to hear!

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  1. April 17, 2013  12:11 pm by Kiera - Easy Travel Mom Reply

    My daughter LOVES aquariums. In fact, I kind of like them too! We've been to Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut (posted a review on my site) but it was not as exciting as I remember it as a kid. We also love the Aquarium at our local Columbus Zoo - we could sit in there for hours. Actually we have! Even when the Kid was an infant I took her there. I also love, love, love the Boston Aquarium but I've only been there pre-Kid and am sure she would enjoy it just as much. I have to get down to KY as I've heard good things about Newport. Thank you for the info!!! Another good tip is to make sure you know how to use your flash in the aquarium because many aquariums are more darkly lit and it's hard to figure out the flash capabilities in the dark! (Been there, done that!)

  2. April 17, 2013  3:08 pm by Dawn Reply

    I love visiting aquariums! They are usually my favorite thing on any trip itinerary. :)

  3. April 17, 2013  4:18 pm by Michelle Reply

    I must admit I'm not a big aquarium fan. And our local one is pretty lame as it's in an old grocery store building (a new one is coming in the next few years). I would love to see some tips on taking better photos in aquariums, though. I do really like the jelly fish exhibit at the Albuquerque aquarium, though. I could watch that for hours. I would love to see some tips on taking better photos in aquariums. With the darkness, and the often neon lights I never get a good shot.

  4. July 22, 2014  10:28 pm by Shannon Reply

    Thank you for sharing these tips and ways to save money.

  5. July 27, 2014  12:51 pm by Ashley O. Reply

    Our fave thing to visit are aquariums, indoors which is nice in the heat, some are both indoors and outdoors. It's just so beautiful to see the creatures of the water!

    We have been wanting to see Moody Gardens in Galveston, Tx. but haven't been able to go yet.

  6. August 2, 2014  5:58 pm by Cheryl Rogers Reply

    This is one of my favorite places to visit! Actually any aquarium! The ones I would recommend are Montery Bay Aquarium in CA, and The Atlanta, GA AQuarium .

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