I'm sure this place is great for kids, but too small and uninteresting for adults who have been to other aquariums. Waste of time and money for us.
Our 9 year old was most intrigued by the "wet room" where a staff member helps a child lower a bucket into the ocean and then scrutinize the contents under magnification. The child I was with could have kept doing that over and over for a long time. She was fascinated. Also the jellyfish room was a treat.
Even after reading the reviews about how small this aquarium was, it was even smaller than I expected. It's literally only three rooms - one with a few tanks where you can touch/hold some of the sea life, a wet deck where you can pull up sand from the ocean, and a jellyfish exhibit room upstairs. That being said, I... More
Yes, there are bigger and better aquariums around the country. But while you are spending an afternoon on the piermwithnthe kids, it's a perfect place to,stop,over for and hour or so. It's small so it doesn't overwhelm the little ones. We were at the long beach aquarium a few days ago, and I have to say my five year old... More
The Sea Center was small and we spent about an hour there. There were some interesting exhibits that kept the kids engaged. If back in SB, I wouldn't go there again and probably wouldn't recommend it to others only because it is small and our time spent there was quick. But I am glad I took my family there because... More
The place is small but very interesting once you start walking. It's a great place for children to learn about sea life. I love the fact that you are able to touch most of the sea life plus there are people taking facts about whatever it is you interacting with.
If you have been to other aquariums, you will be disappointed. It is very small and the displays are mediocre. The docents were not very inspirational. OK for small kids.
We stopped in and wasn't sure what we would find. We were pleasantly surprised at the hands on aquarium. Its a great place for kids but even adults can enjoy its exhibits. Its a small place, only takes an hour or so. The price is cheap and the views of the area are fantastic. Great staff too!
My wife and I went to this cool little aquarium on a Tuesday and we had the best time. We were allowed to gently touch starfish, sea slugs, crabs and even sharks! The staff were friendly and enthusiastic about their jobs. It was eight bucks per adult and I'll tell you, I've spent sixteen bucks on a few coffees at... More
The Ty Warner Sea Center is owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Its a quaint little center that's perfect for young kids. In my opinion kids older than 10 will probably be bored. You can walk the entire center and enjoy completing experiments on the wet deck in about 60 minutes or less. That being said,... More
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