I was hemming and hawing about buying passes when The Odysea Aquarium opened up. I thought my daughter might like to see the fish, but the Yelp reviews were all over the place and I couldn’t decide if it was worth it or not. When summer rolled around, they had a special deal for annual passes. $69.95 for an adult versus $34.95 for a daily pass. I do not think it’s worth the cost for the daily pass, at least for this age, but the annual pass is a steal. We have gone there almost every week this summer, because it’s nice just to have an air conditioned place to run around.
The aquarium itself is a lot smaller than it appears from the outside. The complex is actually mostly restaurants and gift shops. There is also a laser tag place, a butterfly exhibit, and a dolphin experience. The aquarium has lots of smaller tanks with fish, and bigger tanks with sharks and rescue tortoises (my favorite part.) The best part of the aquarium is probably the living carousal, which rotates around so you can see the big tanks. My 15 month old has little patience for this part, so if we do this one, I have to bribe her with lots of snacks (which you’re not supposed to bring in there.)
They have a play area for kids with a giant peg board, water table, and coloring area but she is a bit too little for this. She still likes running around and looking at the other kids though. There are also a couple places where you can touch the water creatures, but I’m pretty sure she would just try and grab them, so I haven’t done this yet either.
All in all, I would recommend Odysea Aquarium but would definitely invest in the annual pass. There’s really not too many indoor activities for little ones around here during the summer and we’ve been enjoying this one. I’m assuming at about 3 or 4, she would get a lot more out of the experience.