What’s your favorite animal? If it’s something aquatic, then you’ll love the East Idaho Aquarium. With major selling points like the largest shark tank in Idaho, the aquarium should be on this year’s to-do list.
Check out the top 5 reasons to visit the East Idaho Aquarium.
You can touch almost everything
From stingrays to starfish, several exhibits are interactive and allow visitors to touch or feed the animals on display. Some animals may bite and require the assistance of a volunteer employee for safe handling of the animals; these are clearly marked with signs. An unforgettable exhibit is a tank full of garra rufa — also known as nibble fish — which painlessly suck the dead skin off your hands.
Practice your photography skills
The aquarium is an exciting and challenging setting for all types of aspiring photographers. Try dialing your settings to shoot the iguanas in warm UV light and then quickly switch to capture a cuttlefish nestled behind the corals. Even if you’re just looking for something different to share on Instagram, the aquarium is a perfect place for a photo-op.
Take your time or hurry through
A fraction of the size as the Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, it’s pleasantly surprising how much there is to see and do at the East Idaho Aquarium. Visitors can get a full walk-through experience in under an hour, or choose to spend the day admiring and interacting with nearly all the animals on display.
Experience wildlife indoors
The summer months in Idaho are unbearably hot and winter months are painfully cold. For businesses like the Idaho Falls Zoo, some exhibits are only available when the weather permits. However, the aquarium is entirely indoors, providing a comfortable place to enjoy wildlife without having to part ways with air-conditioning.
Learn something new
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the East Idaho Aquarium commits to providing an educational experience. The volunteer staff is full of fun-facts about the animals and eager to teach you something new. For example, did you know cuttlefish have a single internal structure called the cuttlebone, which is porous and made of aragonite?
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly place to take the kids on the weekend or a fresh new-date idea, the East Idaho Aquarium is the place for you.
For directions and more information visit the East Idaho Aquarium website.