How was your experience?
We had a nice time at the aquarium yesterday. It is worth $12 a person (goldstar discount), but not the $21 (aquarium price). There was also an additional cost of parking in the structure across the street for $7. We also received the an additional benefit of extended hours (close at 9pm rather than 6pm) by going on Memorial Day allowing us to leisurely stroll through the aquarium. We spent 5 hours at the aquarium looking at each and every tank. There are some interesting varieties of fish and coral that I have never seen before. They had quite a few different varieties of sea horses including a pot bellied sea horse. I enjoyed the regional tanks for Northern Pacific and Southern California. The shark exhibit is no Sea World, but there is a variety of sharks and an underwater viewing station. There is also a Lorkeet bird enclosure that you can walk into and get up close and personal with the birds. The aquarium has signs up saying not to hold them, but I saw several people with birds perched on them and the staff didn't say anything. Beware the children. Every time I took a step there was a child under the age of 5 that was either beating on the glass of the tank, splashing water in the touch pools, running, pushing past you to look in the tank, or screaming. They were all looking for Nemo and Dory as well (Finding Nemo) which I found sad that their only reference for fish life is that movie. Note to parents who read this: please only take your child if they are well behaved. Those of us who choose not to have children do not want your screaming child around us. Overall I enjoyed my experience and took some great photos. I may go back in a year or two but only if I can get this type of discount again.