My kids are 10-14. How long should I plan to stay?
Agree with the previous answer of 1-2 hours. The center itself is one building with 2 outside tanks and some bird cages. If you like to walk, the trails across the way along the ocean are good. Do leave time to take the 10 minute shuttle bus from the parking lot to the center itself (required); his bus runs every 30 minutes.
a few hours, tops I would say. It really isn't that big of a place. If I were you I would look up the feeding times before I went and plan my visit for the feeding times to start about half an hour after you get there- you'll be ready for something new by then.
The keeper talks are interesting, if the kids want to learn about the octopuses, turtles, etc. One of the outside tanks mentioned previously is a petting tank for Manta Rays.
You can watch the keepers feed the hawks/eagles at feeding time-one keeper joked that the event is PG: Pretty Gross, as the birds are fed freeze-dried mice, and tear the mice body apart to eat it.
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