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Friday, November 16, 2012

Living Planet Aquarium Offers Free Admission On Nov 26

The Living Planet Aquarium is a popular science attraction in the Salt Lake area. It is a great place for families and students. As a give back to the community, the Aquarium is offering free admission on Nov. 26.

The aquarium is located at 725 E 10600 S, Sandy, UT 84094.

Phone: 801-355-Fish (3474)

The aquarium recently broke ground on a major expansion. See the aquarium website for details about activities and learning opportunities. This news release has background info and details about the expansion. Below are excerpts from the news release.

The Living Planet Aquarium begins construction of the 136,000-square-foot, $20 million expansion with a groundbreaking event scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 24 at 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway. The expansion, which is set to open winter 2013, will take visitors from the Utah deserts and mountains, to rain forest habitats, to the planet’s vast oceans.

The Aquarium has continued to grow since opening in a small space in 2004 at The Gateway and, since 2006, in Sandy at 725 E. 10600 South. The current 43,000-square-foot aquarium in Sandy is on track to land over 450,000 visitors this year, and provides science education to an additional 50,000 elementary school students statewide. “With the tremendous efforts of a remarkable team of staff, volunteers, donors and board of trustees the aquarium has grown over 50% through the recession, confirming the demand for a larger aquarium in Utah,” said Brent Andersen, Founder and CEO.

The first floor of the new Aquarium will feature marine, freshwater, and rain forest exhibit galleries, a 400 seat banquet hall, café and gift shop. The Discover Utah Gallery will exhibit freshwater aquatic species, amphibians and mammals indigenous to Utah. The North American River Otter Exhibit will be the premiere attraction showcasing these lively animals in both an indoor and outdoor environment.

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