Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. at Pine Ave. (US 62), has more than 1,500 aquatic animals from locations ranging from the Great Lakes to coral reefs and is home to a large collection of Great Lakes fish. Visitors can see California sea lions, sharks, piranhas and more. Highlights include a colony of Peruvian Humboldt penguins, a touch tank, a sea lion show and an outdoor seal pool. The aquarium is the site of the 81st “Whaling Wall” by marine life artist Wyland. Interactive animal programs and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour are available; reservations are required.
Guided tours are available.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10-6:30, Fri.-Sun. 10-7:30, Memorial Day-Labor Day; daily 9-5, rest of year. Animal shows and feedings vary; phone ahead. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.