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Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Falls

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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2.3/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web

The Aquarium of Niagara Falls opened as a privately owned corporation on June 12, 1965. Founded by a small group of chemists and scientists to introduce an artificial seawater, the Aquarium of Niagara Falls quickly became a model for the operation of inland aquaria. Technology was applied for the first time on a large scale in the preparation, handling and management of synthetic seawater.

Perhaps as important, the Aquarium was established as an institution for education and recreation. Constructed in an area with both high visitation and historical dependency on the natural resources of the Great Lakes, the Aquarium served students, scientists and visitors from throughout the region. Community support was strong; the innovative inland aquarium won acceptance and forged a bond with the region’s population that continues today.

In September 1977, the principal owner of the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Mr. Kelvin Smith of Cleveland, Ohio established Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research. At this time, the Aquarium of Niagara became part of Sea Research Foundation. In May 1979, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium was also incorporated. Both Aquariums operated independently with the Foundation.

In 1994 Sea Research Foundation, Inc. agreed to transfer the Aquarium Of Niagara Falls to a new, local Foundation. To this end, the Niagara Aquarium Foundation was established and incorporated by charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, on February 18, 1994.

The Niagara Aquarium Foundation, Aquarium of Niagara, is committed to carrying on the institution’s tradition of education, research, and wildlife conservation. The primary purpose of the Aquarium of Niagara is to create a greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the aquatic world.

The pioneering spirit of Mr. Smith and his partners and their dedication to increasing the understanding of aquatic life has been a guiding force of the Aquarium’s present operation. The statement of purpose reflects not only their concern for educational and scientific advancement, but their vision that the Aquarium of Niagara maintain the standards of excellence established in its earlier days.
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  • We saw the aquarium as part of our Niagra Falls Discovery Pass. It was worth it as part of the package but we've been to much nicer aquariums. 
  • This is a tourist trap, not worth the money for maybe a 15minute walk around a rather small aquarium. 
  • My boyfriend and I went recently. There were a couple of great displays. They had seals, sea lions and penguin interactions and feedings periodically through the day. We watched the sea lion show. It ...  read more »
  • I just wanted to say what wonderful costumer service the Aquarium staff and managers have! I live about 6 hrs away from Niagara Falls, and didn't realize I left my debit card at their photo booth, until I had arrived back home. Thankfully, a kind and honest person found it and brought it to the desk. They then mailed it back to me. Thanks to everyone involved with that! You are wonderful!
  • I loved the sea lions! I felt like it was a bit underwhelming and could use a lot of updates. As busy as they were, I feel like the income is there. Updates are needed here!! It could be fantastic with some updating and a possible expansion!
  • I appreciate the fact that this aquarium rescues seals and tries to educate the public. There are many opportunities to meet and interact with the seals, sea lions and penguins. In an ideal world, all animals and humans would be free and living in peace/harmony, without the destruction of climate change. Having said that, this small aquarium makes a real effort to instill a love and appreciation for marine life.
  • Quite a bit on the expensive side for what they have, but it apparently is a non-profit so that isn't a major issue. In my opinion though, the tanks are way too small for the animals, especially the seals seemed to be quite uncomfortable and one I saw did show obvious signs of psychological issues. They do their best to emphasise the importance of protecting oceanic wildlife, but given the conditions the animals are kept imprisoned there, I'm not sure at all that this is the way to go. While it was interesting to see the animals up close, it was somewhat of a disturbing experience.
  • This Aquarium is a complete waste of money. I never give reviews on anything but, I felt after yesterday I needed to try and save people some money. It costs my family $50 to get into the Aquarium and 10 minutes later we were done. It was dark inside , very few exhibits and the 3 or 4 penguins that were there looked sick. We walked a good ways from the Falls to get to the Aquarium and decided to take Trolly back. Another $16 and we headed back to falls. Do not waste your time or money unless they lower the price to a couple bucks per person.
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