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World Aquarium, Saint Louis

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#11 of 11 in Zoos & Aquariums in Missouri
The World Aquarium is an interactive animal exhibition, conservation research center, and animal sanctuary located in Laclede's Landing, St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Some highlights of the child-centered exhibition are being able to feed and touch many animals. The museum allows general admission, school tours and behind-the-scenes tours.The aquarium houses a variety of animals such as sharks, rays, turtles, parrots, marsh turtles, otter, snakes, alligator, crocodile and sloth. The displays are located on 2 levels, one with large fish in large displays and the other level with filled with smaller displays designed for child-centered experiences.According to the curator, the mission of World Aquarium is to increase the knowledge of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to conserve the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources globally.The aquarium depends heavily on its volunteers and donations. Some volunteers have been working for five years or more. The aquarium, which has been open for more than 23 years, reopened in a historic building near the Mississippi Riverfront in 2016, after a short hiatus to allow for a move from its previous location at City Museum.
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  • A must see for all ages, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The animals are well taken care of and are friendly with people. I recommend the World aquarium to all.  more »
  • This place is not huge, but has a lot of different animals. I specifically went for the sloth, with feeding the sloth Lucy, there was a kinkajoo named honey, who I much admired, and loved feeding her ...  more »
  • I was EXTREMELY disappointed when I walked into this aquarium with my son and family. If you have ever been to a real aquarium (i.e. denver aquarium) this place looks like a shabby pet shop. There are...  more »
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  • Great place for kids! I love snakes and I wasnt happy with the condition of the snakes. Almost all had bad sheds snakes that needed a lot of humidity had a screen top on cage so impossible to keep in humidity! Loved the raccoon! Workers very nice even tho they were extremely busy. Will go back again tho! Hopefully snakes are better.
  • The aquarium moved recently from the top of the City Museum to its current location. This is a wonderful place to take children, as the tour allows for feeding animals ranging from stingrays and sharks to turtles and spiders. There may be some concern about the safety set up, and potential maintenance of exhibits. With proper child supervision, it is worth the trip.
  • Looked a bit "home maid" with cords an extensions everywhere. But had a ton of awesome stuff to look at hold feed. It was cheap admission. But didn't have air in basements so be prepared to sweat! Overall was fun different experience!
  • My family had a great time. we came when they were closing and still got a personalized experience from staff. We held and fed several reptiles. Pretty cool. Also a bed and breakfast attached. A small gem for sure.
  • The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Feeding the animals was the best part!

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