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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Draper

(3.9/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has become one of Utah´s most unique and popular attractions, and is definitely a must-see if you are planning a trip to Utah. Exhibits feature sharks, rays, seahorses, Sea jellies, octopus, piranha, a rescued Green sea turtle, Gentoo penguins and more! It is a unique opportunity for the many landlocked Utahans, particularly children, who have not previously had the chance to interact with such creatures.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is a great place to take the kids. Kids of all ages love it including adults. I have a grandson that could watch the jellyfish forever. There is something mesmerizing and calming about watching f...  more »
  • This is a really amazing aquarium for a landlocked state. We were impressed with the number of fish and animals, and the wife variety that there was there. We took a two year old and he absolutely lov...  more »
  • I am amazed at the quality of this living aquarium when Utah is located 700 miles from the nearest coastline. The quality and variety of exhibits is top notch. You'll see penguins, a tiger exhibit, tw...  more »
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  • We love this place. They are always updating and adding new items. You can tell the animals are well cared for. We love the holiday events. We have a full membership and my kid enjoys the play house on the second floor.
  • Lots of fun, attractive, geographically themed exhibits, such as the arctic, the Amazon, etc. Well decorated and new, clean looking building. Touch tanks. A 3d theater with nature themed, enjoyable 3d films showing. The shark tunnel was really cool. The cafe / restaurant was actually good. I expected it to taste really bad. Was pleasantly surprised. The only thing I didn't care for was being ambushed by the employees the second we entered to have our picture taken in front of a green screen. You can opt to buy a set of pictures with different aquatic themed backgrounds. I know they gotta make money, and some visitors eat that stuff up. I thought it was a bit tacky, but to be fair, it's a purely subjective preference.
  • Comparing this aquarium to some others (for example with the Niagara Aquarium maybe being one of the lesser ones, and Baltimore Aquarium being one of the best) this venue is fairly average. Kids will love it, though it is not the largest I've seen, but has a fairly interesting assortment of fish displays and other animal samples including tortoises, big cats, and otters as well as a greenhouse type aviary. The aquarium can be quickly toured for those strapped for time, but, dollar-for-dollar I find LLPA to be a bit overpriced. The staff will engage you, however, if you glance their way, and reply to any questions you might have (something you're unlikely to find in the more ornate aquariums).
  • Penguins, fish, sharks, sea turtles, vacant terrariums that should be confining giant spiders (shudder...where are they?). Great aquarium. Then they put that stupid gift shop at the end. Be warned: bring blindfolds for your children. My two year old saw the gift shop at the beginning and all she wanted to do the ENTIRE TIME was to get a spinning light. By the time we finished, she had worked herself into a frenzy. I scooped her up to avoid dragging her by her bony little arms, and she proceeded to wail at the top of her very capable lungs as I carried her wriggling form out of that dang place. Chalk it up to poor form on my part. Tell your children that this stuff is what they give the penguins to play with and we can't take it home.
  • The aquarium has an amazing variety of animals, exhibits, and presentations. The staff are friendly and fun, and readily available to assist guests. The hours are 10am to 6pm, and there are admission discounts for seniors, military, students, and children. The Café food is delicious, and they cater to dietary needs with items that are gluten-free or vegetarian. I struggle with celiac, and the café employees are considerate and diligent with precautions for my food. The aquarium provides 4D movies that are included in the admission price, and there is also a playground on the second floor for children. For those with transportation needs, wheelchairs are available for rent at the front desk and all exhibits are accessible by elevator and ramp.