|And lived at the Bingham in the background. Funtimes.|
The exhibits were really well done. My kid especially liked the "Kitty Fish" (any fish with whiskers) in the Ohio Lakes and Rivers exhibit. And we watched the stingrays for a long, long, long, long time.
One of the neatest things about the aquarium is how they use the building.
Tanks are tucked in underneath brick arches:
Exhibits are arranged around long, vaulted passageways:
And they give you peeks at the iconic smokestacks:
|Lobsters? In the smokestack? I don't quite get it but it looks cool so I'll run with it.|
|My kid: I touched alot of things. A spiny thing. And a bug thing. And... I didn't pet a shark.|
It was HUGE. The sharks were HUGE. And had TEETH:
|My kid before bed that night: "I liked the sharks but I was a little afraid that they were going to eat my brother."|
It goes on for-ev-er. In a good way. And while everything was still murky so we couldn't see much we did have a school of stingrays swim directly over us:
|How. Cool. Is. This?!|
But that never happened. I also expected some ridiculous spaces in terms of vertical volume but that never happened either. Everything was pretty much one story, in the basement. They made the decision to use the old Rock Bottom Brewery as the snack shop and didn't claim any of those spaces for exhibits. I was picturing tanks where the old brew kettles were.
|Why are there not giant tanks everywhere in here? It would have been so cool!|
Overall though it was a really cool place. We ended up buying a membership (it pays for itself in 2 trip) and I plan on taking the kids again soon.
|I liked the fish.|