Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Aquarium of Niagara will shift its daily hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.). The venue is open seven days a week.
"This is a great time of the year when the crowd starts to die down and visitors have an opportunity to explore what we have to offer and get to see the shows and feedings better without having to look over someone's shoulder," Executive Director Gary Siddall said. "We re-arranged our programs and added a wealth of educational classes geared toward all age groups without adding to the admission costs. Admission remains at $13 adult, $9 child and members enter free."
The Aquarium of Niagara will continue to offer its perennial favorite events, including "Halloween Happenings" and "Breakfast with Santa." But this fall there also are new events, including "Octopus Day" (Oct. 8), where visitors will be treated - at no extra charge - to displays with a giant Pacific octopus. They'll discover what makes these animals so fascinating and smart.
The education department will also offer the classes that were most well-liked, including the "Beach Sweep," "Sea Squirt" toddler program and "Jr. Vet Day." New classes are geared to involve participants even more fully. They include "Fishing the Great Lakes" (Sept. 18), "Life of a Horseshoe Crab" (Oct. 21) and a penguin camp (Dec. 28-30).
The ever-popular seal interaction, behind the scenes tour, touch tank and "Penguin Encounters" are still available Friday through Sunday.
For more information, visit www.aquariumofniagara.org. The Aquarium of Niagara is located at 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls.