Visiting the Denver Aquarium was one of the first things we wanted to do when we moved to Colorado! We have spent lots of time snorkeling in the Caribbean, and we love viewing the marine life! Plus, our little one had recently begun saying "fish," so it would be a great learning experience for her! Despite the fact that it seemed a little pricey, we took the "plunge." (We didn't actually dive into the aquarium, although that option is available if you're interested.) Having been swimming with tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and rays, and having been to the aquarium at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, I wasn't sure how an aquarium in the Mile High City would measure up. I have to say--the Denver Aquarium is extremely impressive! With each step you take through the exhibits, it gets better and better!
First and foremost, our little one was captivated with even the tiniest of fish. We had to drag her away from each exhibit and on to the next. But, as we reached the grand finale--the shark tank--we were all mesmerized. This wasn't just some measley shark tank. It was huge. It surrounds you. There are even portholes in the floor that allow you to view the marine life below. Our little one would scoot across the portholes, having the time of her life. And then she sat contentedly at the glass watching the sharks (which were getting a little too close, in my opinion), and she could have stayed for HOURS.
The downside: the pricetag, particularly if you have several people in your family.
The upside: awesome, awesome, AWESOME experience for little ones and families!
Highly recommended! This is a must-see for anyone visiting the Denver area!