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.