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Blue Planet Aquarium (Cheshire) - Pricey for half a day
Blue Planet Aquarium (Cheshire)
Member Name: stephy28
Blue Planet Aquarium (Cheshire)
Advantages: Free Parking, Undercover so quite good for a rainy day.
Disadvantages: Expensive, Can get very warm.
You will find the Blue Planet Aquarium off Jct 10 M53, follow the signs for Cheshire Oaks. They open at 10.00 which is quite odd, when most attractions open around the 9am mark. Tickets are quite expensive with a family ticket costing £50.50 for 2 adults/2 children, however, if you buy online you can save yourself £6.50 as the family ticket will cost you £44.00. They do have plenty of free parking with plenty of disability parking also, lift access on each floor, ramps throughout the entire attraction therefore making wheelchair/pushchair access relatively easy. As expected they do have a souvenir shop, restaurant (very expensive though) and an outside play area with seating. You can attend with a group and get a discount providing there is 15 or more of you and they do host children's parties also.
There are 5 themed areas with 35 exhibits to view. As expected with it being an aquarium, you have all of the fish to look at, varying in size, colour and species, they have an amphibian section which hosts an array of various frogs. It boasts an aqua tunnel, 70m long with moving walkway where you can view the sharks and again various fish from underneath. Heading straight to the Aqua theatre you can watch one of their shows, the presenter of the show will engage with the divers, and will provide you with all the information you could need on the creatures within their tank. Children can come and sit up front so they can see properly. They do have shallow pools where you are allowed to touch the Rays and Dogfish. Moving on the attraction hosts a venom section which is home to their spiders, snakes and jellyfish. They have a viewing tunnel called tarantula tower which you can crawl into, stand up in and view the spiders (great if you like the eight legged creatures). They do offer the opportunity to do a shark dive, again this is very pricey and needs to be booked in advance, with the additional cost of hiring their kit.
For the price we paid, I expected to be able to spend the whole day at the Blue Planet Aquarium and must admit that I was disappointed when we had been around the entire attraction within a couple of hours. You could go around again, but to be honest if you have seen them once, you may not want to. Would I recommend this attraction to a family or friend, in a word 'no', I say this primarily because of the costs and how much time you can realistically spend there. I would prefer to go to the Zoo
Summary: Pricey for the amount of time you can actually spend there.
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