We've heard a lot of mixed info on this Lack's furniture store turned aquarium - it seems more than a little sketchy. When we got a chance to tour with Buddy's homeschool group, though, we decided to give it a try and he LOVED it. He asked to stay all day. Which is kind of surprising based on the reviews we heard that said it was small and kind of boring. There was plenty to entertain him - I'm not sure about older kids or adults without kids - probably not so much. One thing that really added to his enjoyment was that everyone there was his age and there was no crowd. He could look at everything as long as he wanted without pressure. The place is divided into areas - a Pacific Northwest, tropical, etc., and also a ray tank, a shark tank, some lizards, some birds, and a play area and eatery. Buddy loved the Lorikeets:
The rays were another favorite. The kids were allowed to wash hands with special soap and then put 2 fingers in the water to touch the rays. All of them are hand fed, and most are friendly, so they swim right up to you.
The BIG favorite was the shark tank. We stood there for over an hour watching the sharks swim around. A tiny one was very friendly, while Buddy had his sights set on petting a huge leopard shark that never came up from the bottom of the tank. Buddy asked the college student watching the tank a million questions about the animals, and announced he was naming all the guitar fish "Uli." I think part of fascinating was that sharks are supposed to be mean, and these were "friendly" (so far as we know) and he wanted to know why and if it were really safe to touch.
In another funny moment, Buddy was asked about the color of a lizard:
Aquarium tour guide: what color is this lizard?
Buddy: uhhhh (it was gray green)
Her: is it purple?
Buddy: (gives her side eye)
Her: (sing song voice, nodding vehemently) is it GREEN?
Buddy: Actually its hard to tell because it changes colors for its camouflage. Its not really green right now though.