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The Living Planet Aquarium Draper

Where is it at?

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The Living Planet Aquarium
12033 South Lone Peak Parkway
Draper
UT
84020
Tel: 801 355-3474

Directions

To get to the aquarium, take I-15 to the 10600 S exit. Travel east to 700 E, and they are located on the northeast corner of 700 East and 10600 South.

Parking is free onsite at 12033 South Lone Peak Parkway in Draper

Where are we going today?

The Living Planet Aquarium has over 2,400 animals and 450 species on display for you to enjoy and learn about!

There are 4 main exhibits that will fascinate - the Ocean Explorer, Journey to South American, Discover Utah and the chilly Antarctic Adventure!

Journey under the ocean with Ocean Explorer, featuring weird and wonderful saltwater species from all over the world! Sea jellies, slippery and often menacing looking eels, the sweet little seahorses and over 7 species of sharks!  Have the sharks and rays swim overhead in their 40 foot shark tunnel - they will be swimming just inches away from you! There are green sea turtles, and a coral reef exhibit where you can look at one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! Did you know some of the reefs we know today started growing 50 million years ago!  They would have a lot of birthdays to celebrate...!

Journey To South America takes you through the lush and enchanting rain forests of the continent, with piranha's, electric eels, tree from and alligators! You can even enjoy the colorful beaked Toucans, and some very glowing frogs! 

Discover Utah showcases some of the threatened species of the state, and families can learn about the importance of preserving and protecting the waterways - and see some of the species such as the June Suckers.

Brrr...did someone turn the heating off!  Either that or you are in the Antarctic Adventure exhibit where you can journey through the Falkland Islands and meet some friendly penguins! There is even a 45 minute penguin encounter designed for families just like you to get up close to one of the penguins from the exhibit!  Go behind the scenes and understand the penguin biology and conservation. 

Every Thursday - Tuesday at 2:30pm you can even feed the stingrays - where do you think their mouths would be?!

To top it all off, you can even celebrate your birthday party at the aquarium!  You could have a splashingly good time! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15.95
  • ChildrenTeens: $12.95 / Child: $10.95
  • Free Under: 2
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Daily 10am - 6pm

Teachers corner

They have two options for school group visits to the aquarium. EcoVenture Classes are both self-guided and classroom style programs, or for just the self-guided you can schedule a school group visit. .

I'm Hungry!

The stingrays aren't the only things in the aquarium that need to be fed! Cafe Avalon is full of delicious snacks that can help you re-fuel, such as salads and sandwiches .

Any Top Tips?

Becoming a member is a great way to save money if you enjoyed it and think you'll be back more than once .

Need a little extra help?

Not to worry! The whole building is ADA compliant! .

Baby Facilities

Strollers are allowed in the aquarium but just be considerate of the other visitors navigating in the dark! .

Can I get one of those?

The Aquarium Gift Shop has a whole heap of cool items for you to remember your visit by! (no, unfortunately real penguins aren't one of them). They have jewelry and apparel, books, accessories, art supplies, science kits, and even decorations..

More information

Allow about 2 - 3 hours to see the whole aquarium. .

What people are saying?

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    Love this place so much, I saw a lot of fish and SouthAmerica animals. Amazing place to stay with family and kids~, much better than the aqurium I went to in San Fransisco. I can't believe those animals were keep so well in here, they look very healthy. The ticket is only 12 dollars(I'm a student, regularly like 15), and I pretty much will spend my day in there, I'll go there again~

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    One word sums this place up nicely, Crowded! They made this new location bigger, but it seems like that was just so they can fit more people in it! The displays are basically the same thing as the old location and there was no strategic thought in the layout of this place. It really isn't worth the price. You can literally look at everything in about 1 1/2 hours. They have a few things that are worth seeing once, but you will probably find yourself frustrated with the crowds and illogical layout.

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    I am a fish and wildlife enthusiast so I was really excited to visit the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. If you have visited other "Larger" aquariums like the Denver or Georgia Aquarium then you may be slightly disappointed with its size. That said, this "little brother" of an Aquarium was really nice and had a lot going for it.
    I went on Saturday July 19th, 2014 which is just a few months after reopening in this new location. I arrived at 10:30am and it was already fairly busy but the parking lot was not yet half full. It steadily got busier...Read More

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    My wife and I went on April 30th. We loved our time at the aquarium!
    I'd say 90% of the exhibits were completed. (Most of the exhibits that are still being worked on are for fish like bass, trout, and local fish that aren't a big deal to us, we do look forward to going back and seeing the octopus)
    We spent about an hour and a half walking through the huge building and looking at all the fish, penguins, otters, and hundreds of other critters. We were very entertained the whole time.
    We went on a Wednesday afternoon, and the crowds were very small....Read More

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by Ryan Mower

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Very nice place but also pricey for how much time you spend there. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to see everything and that was taking our time and even looking at a few things twice. We have a stroller and it was easy to maneuver. Our youngest could see the fish very well from the stroller. We went on a Wednesday so it wouldn't be as crowded and it wasn't bad. I've heard that weekends are very crowded and hard to see the exhibits. Would have given 5 stars if it wasn't so expensive. I was expecting to spend several hours there with how much it cost.

by Chris Hansen

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I am a fish and wildlife enthusiast so I was really excited to visit the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. If you have visited other "Larger" aquariums like the Denver or Georgia Aquarium then you may be slightly disappointed with its size. That said, this "little brother" of an Aquarium was really nice and had a lot going for it.
I went on Saturday July 19th, 2014 which is just a few months after reopening in this new location. I arrived at 10:30am and it was already fairly busy but the parking lot was not yet half full. It steadily got busier as time went on but it WAS Saturday. My recommendation would be to plan out your visit time for when it would be less busy like a weekday around opening. I read most of the previous reviews and many of them are from a year or two ago at the previous location and the rest are the "silly people that went the first week or opening day." Their biggest complaints were "too crowded" and "many unfinished exhibits." But that my friends is why you don't go opening week!
I waited and it was well worth the wait. This is still a new attraction and for those of you who know anything about live animal habitats and especially aquariums, it takes lots of time to "season" an environment before it is ready to support animal life. At this point there were only a "few" empty habitats but it wasn't too noticeable. The fish were healthy and seemed happy and content with their environments. I have to say I enjoyed seeing simple Tetras and Platys (and babies!) in a stream where probably 99% of the people had no idea that there were even fish in there!
My favorite locations were the "Journey to South America" and the "Ocean Explorer" exhibits. They also had some pretty cool notable enclosures that included a "Tide Pool" with rising and lowering water levels and a touch pool with rays and small SHARKS!
The Shark Tunnel was a highlight as was the viewing room just outside the tunnel. If you are looking for a nice relaxing area to watch the fish and sharks this is the place to be. There is good amphitheater like seating and relaxing music that really sets a good mood and tone for the exhibit.
My personal favorite area was the "Journey to South America" exhibit where you see creatures from the fresh waters of the Amazon. This is a nice area located in the big round corner seen from the highway. If you have ever watched "River Monsters" you will also enjoy seeing the HUGE Arapaima, Pacu, and Arowana! The Caiman exhibit was still closed in this area but it should be nice when it opens.
The staff seemed happy, available, and knowledgeable.
As for the Value and the Price, tickets are around $15 which I felt was reasonable just because it takes an incredible amount of resources to run an establishment like this. It is difficult and also not cheap to maintain large aquariums and especially the salt water exhibits. Some may argue with me on the price and its okay, but I felt it was overall worth it. I even bought the annual pass as I plan on coming back to see the unfinished exhibits as well as see the "evolution" of the existing ones.

Overall Feelings:
Its still a new attraction and will need time to "season." It is a little busy but plan your visit to avoid crowds. Price was acceptable and in my opinion worth it. The Building and Habitats are really nice and maintained.

by Dan De La Mare

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My wife and I went on April 30th. We loved our time at the aquarium!
I'd say 90% of the exhibits were completed. (Most of the exhibits that are still being worked on are for fish like bass, trout, and local fish that aren't a big deal to us, we do look forward to going back and seeing the octopus)
We spent about an hour and a half walking through the huge building and looking at all the fish, penguins, otters, and hundreds of other critters. We were very entertained the whole time.
We went on a Wednesday afternoon, and the crowds were very small. Sure, we had excited little kids push us out of the way (once) to see the animals, but we didn't let it bother us.
I would recommend going on a weekday during school hours! You won't regret it!

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