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Located in the Broadway at the Beach complex, Ripley's Aquarium is one of the most popular aquariums in the country. The most noteworthy exhibit here is Dangerous Reef, a huge 340-foot underwater tunnel where you can walk surrounded by sharks, tarpons and green moray eels. Finish your tour of the aquarium in the interactive Discovery Center exhibit, where touch pools house creatures like puffer fish and horseshoe crabs.
The aquarium also offers unique experiences like the behind-the-scenes tours, sleepover parties and a swim with stingrays experience (for an additional fee). Recent visitors to the aquarium said it's an ideal place to spend the day when weather conditions make going to the beach difficult. But travelers do warn that you'll face more crowds on rainy days.
Admission into the aquarium also gets you into the dive shows and special exhibitions if there is one. If you plan to go to other Ripley attractions in the area — like Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum or Ripley's Haunted Adventure — consider buying a combination ticket to save on admission. You can also knock $2 off the cost of aquarium admission by purchasing your tickets online ($25.99 versus $27.99 for adult admission). Tickets for kids cost $17.99. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is free. Visit the aquarium's website for more information on special events like the annual Festival of Trees.
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