I received compensation and free tickets for this review, all opinions are my own.
My family and I were recently invited to visit the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, UT and it was amazing! My girls have been there a few times on school field trips but not since the new additions! We loved visiting the South America exhibit, it is one of their favorites!
“Transport yourself to a tropical rainforest in the comfortable humidity of the Journey to South America gallery, full of free-flying birds, exotic fish and reptiles, and a 17-foot waterfall.” (Living Planet website)
My girls and I especially loved the free flying birds and some of the biggest fish we have ever seen! They loved crossing the rope bridge and seeing all of the different animals. Parker loved the fish the most, she would oooh and ahhhh, it was so exciting for her! The girls also loved seeing the different types of frogs they had, some the recognized from the movie Rio!
The next stop we made was the Antarctic Adventure, this is personally one of my most favorite exhibits. The Penguins are one of my favorites to watch at the aquarium, they are always so playful!
“Enjoy the excitement of the Antarctic without the cold in the Antarctic Adventure gallery where you can explore the Deep Sea lab, watch glowing sea jellies, or waddle with the only penguins in Utah.” (Living Planet website) When we went they happened to be feeding the penguins and it was so fun to watch!
“Wander among the native species of Southern Asia in our newest gallery, Expedition Asia, where you are welcomed by Asian otters, giant fish, and our Clouded leopards, Koshi and Rhu.” (Living Planet website)
I think my most favorite exhibit is Asia, it houses 1 of the most playful animals, which is the Asian small-clawed otters and it also has the cool new clouded leopards! My girls could watch these 2 animals all day if I let them. It was really fun too because the otters were being super playful and the leopards were actually moving around and playing! It also houses an amimal called a binturong. “Binturongs are considered a vulnerable species due to a 30 percent population decline over the last 18 years.” (Living Planet website)
My girls were really excited to visit the Ocean Explorer exhibit which is one of the coolest exhibits. Their favorite was to sit underneath the dome and watch the fish and sharks, it is seriously amazing. My oldest Leah loved trying to touch one of the (non harmful) sting rays. It also houses sea turtles, Giant Pacific Octopus and more!
“Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure through the Ocean Explorer gallery. Walk through the 40-foot shark tunnel, visit the stingray touch pool, and discover ocean species from around the world.” (Living Planet website)
We also visit the Discover Utah exhibit. The girls thought it was pretty cool that so many different animals like the otter, tortoise, trout and more lived in our state!
“Work your way through the beautiful slot canyons of Southern Utah in the Discover Utah gallery. The familiar scenery is filled with native Utah wildlife including our playful North American river otters.” (Living Planet website)
There are so many incredible exhibits at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Utah, they also have a playland, yearly membership, movies and more!
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