Visiting the Electric City Aquarium

Next week is Michael’s birthday. We’re going to take him to the Electric City Aquarium, Scranton’s newest attraction.

I’ve been looking forward to it since the aquarium opened earlier this year inside The Marketplace at Steamtown. The little dude loves sharks, so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Now, I keep hearing a lot of criticism over the aquarium’s prices. It’s $18.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids. That’s actually not a bad deal. That’s comparable to Claws N Paws, the closes zoo-like facility. It’s $18.50 and $13.50, respectively.

The aquarium isn’t the biggest in the world, but it’s bigger than I expected.

You begin with a hallway filled with frog exhibits. Some of the frogs are small Dart Frogs, others are rather large.

After that, you see some cool lizards, snakes and big predators like a crocodile and a monitor. Then you make your way to the fish. They’re pretty cool, as are the eels, octopus and others.

Along the way to the main event you can pet some sea creatures. Today I felt two different stingrays.

Then you see the sharks. The aquarium has a half dozen sharks, including a nurse shark and a black tipped reef shark.

It’s definitely worth a trip. We might even consider a family membership.

I don’t mind the price, but the gift shop could use some more interesting items. The shirts are cool. But have something more personalized with one of the animals.

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre have a lot more going for them than most people realize, despite what locals think. This aquarium, which is already planning on adding exhibits, could become another drawing card.

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