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I've been eager to visit the Living Planet Aquarium for a while. Every time I'd drive past it on the freeway I would make a mental note that I wanted to go there "soon." I put it on the back burner time and time again or I would simply forget about wanting to go whenever I had a free evening. So when we had a couple of friends invite us to go with them, we couldn't turn them down!

Honestly, I'm the kind of girl who adores things like museums, zoos, aquariums, etc. I grew up loving the time I got to spend in these types of magical places, and that love has only grown within me as the years have passed. Finally crossing the aquarium off of my list of places to visit in Utah made me extremely happy!

The aquarium is split up into different sections (i.e. a Utah exhibit, an asian exhibit, a south america exhibit, etc). It was such a blast to go through the different exhibits and see the difference between the creatures in the displays. It's so weird to think that aquatic animals I consider to be "exotic" are someone else's "norm" (and vice versa). It's so easy to take things for granted when you see it and are surrounded by it all the time.

I think my favorite parts were the penguins and the otters. I could have sat and watched the penguins all day long. And the otters reminded me of Kingsley (my dog) for some reason, which is probably why I thought they were so adorable. Now that I think about it, the sharks were pretty awesome too. And the "large river monsters." And the jellyfish. It was all really cool. Don't make me pick a favorite.

We watched one of the films they have playing in the theater there-- conveniently enough, it was about penguins! And immediately after, we were able to head down to the penguin exhibit and watch the penguins get fed. During the penguin demonstration Taylor and I sat on the floor with all of the kids and I couldn't help but to giggle at us for doing so. We weren't there with children and yet, there we were, sitting amongst them as they "oohed" and "ahhed" over the adorable little birds.

It got me thinking: why is it that, as we grow older, we're supposed to lose interest in "childish things" such as aquariums and dinosaur museums? Why is going to the aquarium even considered "childish?" We got a couple of funny glances for being there without children-- but why is it odd for people over the age of five to want to go to the aquarium? When we went to the dinosaur museum on Valentine's day, the women behind the front dest laughed at us for going without children. I just think it's funny to think that we're too old to learn about the world around us. Museums never cease to amaze me; they teach me about things I've either forgotten about or have never gotten the chance to learn before. It always puts things into perspective for me. So if going to a museum makes me "childish," so be it.

I'm grateful to have people in my life who value things like aquariums and museums the same way I do. It's really neat to get to go and learn together, play together, and explore together. What makes museums so much fun to me is the feeling of being "transported" to a whole new world. They design these places in such magical ways-- they create the most magical places to learn. And the best part is, these magical places weren't designed just for children, they were designed for all of us! We can all learn and grow if we simply allow ourselves to.

Overall, I would give the experience two thumbs up! It was a bit smaller than I expected, but it still had so much for us to do and see. Plus, several of the exhibits were so cool that you could honestly just sit and watch them for hours. I kid you not, those penguins are too cute for words. And they're so active! In terms of money, the aquarium is definitely more on the "expensive" side of things to do in Utah (we only paid $16 per person but the entrance fee is usually $20 per person-- we paid less because we are students). The entrance fee, however, includes access to all of the exhibits plus the theatre and all of the shows it has playing.

I personally loved my experience. I was also with a really good group of people, which makes a difference for sure. In the end, though, I would definitely recommend going at least once! If you do, you'll have to let me know what you think!

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