The Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is back in action after a two-month closure.
They’ve given it a major makeover with lots of renovations and upgrades.
The goal was to give the aquarium a much-needed refresh and improve the educational exhibits.
There’s even a new touch area where you can actually feel the skin of preserved specimens and live animals.
They’ve added to the live sea creatures exhibit, including nurse sharks and rays. A separate tank lets you get up close and personal with some fascinating seahorses.
Of course, these renovations didn’t come cheap, costing several hundred thousand dollars.
And they’ve been working on it for three years!
Now, the updated exhibits highlight the connections between our coastal features, like the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Bay, barrier island ecologies, and the watersheds of Alabama.
The Alabama Aquarium is a true gem, attracting visitors from all over the country.
It’s a fantastic place for education and tourism.
The facility works closely with 22 higher education institutions in the state and offers educational programs for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
And this reopening is extra special because it’s their 50th-year anniversary celebration!
It’s a moment to acknowledge their contribution to the scientific community and all the incredible experiences they’ve provided over the years.
And with these renovations, they’re hoping to entice even more tourists to come to Alabama and experience the wonders of our surrounding ecosystems.
So, get your tickets ready!
You can once again take a deep dive into the diverse marine life and develop a deeper appreciation for our environment.
The aquarium is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM, and you can grab your tickets online or at the door.
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