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Our First Outing to the Living Planet Aquarium

We finally visited The Living Planet Aquarium, which is the only place in Utah to see penguins. I’d heard mixed reviews since it opened, but we unexpectedly found ourselves in Draper with a couple of hours to kill so I decided it would be worth it to check it out with the kids.

My review: I’d give it three out of five stars. It was much more open than the last aquarium was and the enclosures are more impressive, but ultimately there just wasn’t enough to look at to keep the kids interested for more than about an hour. We spent two hours and saw everything twice before Eva asked (asked!) if we could leave. I will say that it was a good size for my two kids, though, since there were lots of spaces where Calvin could stretch his legs without getting run over and Eva was able to access and interact with all of the exhibits.

Granted, we didn’t check out the large playspace that’s now connected to the aquarium, we didn’t take in a 3D movie, and we didn’t see any of the animal shows that they sometimes offer, so if you were really going to make a day of it you could theoretically double the amount of fun we had. As it was, it was perfect for a spur of the moment outing, the kids had fun, and I think a visit once a year would work for us but an annual pass would go unused.

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  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    Is Eva hard to impress nowadays or was the aquarium just that lame? Just curious. I’d say it wasn’t bad for a spur of the moment trip.

    February 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Three years old seems to be the hard to impress age. She doesn’t have any frame of reference for when things are exotic or impressive so it’s all just noise to her. (That being said…mom thought it was a little lame…)

      February 18, 2015 at 11:45 am
      • Reply Hope at Disneyland

        I hope WDW leaves a better impression on her. If that doesn’t get her, I don’t know what will! lol

        February 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

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