It’s time to take a visit to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY.

by Roopa Shanbhag

a visit to the Aquarium of Niagara is a penguin paradise

Buffalo Niagara can be the land of ice and snow so we can all agree that sometimes it is beyond brutal. I often hear people complain this time of year saying “there’s not much to do”, “it’s so boring here”, and “winter time is horrible”.  I won’t lie, Buffalo Niagara is notorious for snow. What is there to do on those cold wintry days where icicles are forming on our noses, but one isn’t the outdoorsy type? After visiting this past week, I suggest the Aquarium of Niagara, which is located in the heart of Niagara Falls, NY. When I pulled into the parking lot, I couldn’t help but smile. Not just because I’m an animal lover, but because I immediately felt a sense of calm and I knew it was going to be a relaxing, educational and perfect “me” time.

When you first walk up the sidewalk, you notice that there’s some information about the seals, their heartwarming rescue stories, the different species, and what makes them each unique.  Even before you reach the door, you’ll be greeted by adorable, yet most importantly, rescued seals. Sandy who is blind in one eye and Stryker who is missing back fins due to getting hit by a boat while enjoying life at sea. You’ll also be greeted by Della who is totally blind, and last but not least, Medusa. As you watch them play in the water with their toys, you can see how much fun they’re having with one another.

 

say hi to plenty of aquatic friends

The Aquarium of Niagara is truly unique. It serves as a great educational tool for all ages, and a forever home for rescued marine life. As you walk around two floors gazing in amazement at over 120 happy, carefree, floating, swimming or waddling species, you can learn about their habitats and how they survive on their own or as a colony, especially when they are threatened in their natural environments and habitats. All of the educators are extremely knowledgeable. Speaking of education, The Aquarium is huge on not just that, but also conservation, hoping to not just make a major difference, but also to inspire future generations to come.

catch a sea lion show

If you’re feeling particularly generous, why not get a membership? Your membership can support a lot. Specifically; rescue animals, conservation efforts, and educational programs. You’ll also get discounts on animal encounters, gift shop purchases, and more. For all you shark lovers out there, in early summer of 2020 there will be a new exhibit opening, so this is the perfect time to get a membership. Membership includes: free admission and free touch tanks with some extra anemone (sea what I did there). For an additional fee, you can get up close and personal with a penguin or even meet a seal? Get in touch with guest services to learn more and reserve your spot to meet these aquatic creatures one on one.

I don’t know about you, but just by visiting the Aquarium it made me want to book a tropical vacation and support more aquariums and get up close and personal with more animals… Sea Horses, Jellyfish and Octopus OH My! How could I forget one of the best parts! Be sure to inquire about the Discovery Cove Passes, their newest addition Nino, and you’ll want to hear Mia’s story – I know you’ll truly enjoy it like I did.

the sharks are making a visit to the Aquarium of Niagara

I won’t give away too much more, but I will leave you with this: the Aquarium of Niagara is a hidden gem in the heart of Niagara Falls, NY. If you’ve gone through all the exhibits, hop on the Discover Niagara Shuttle because there is much to do around the area that is perfect for all ages. Happy adventuring!!