So we are now 30 minutes into our day. We did get there early so there were no lines for the rides. There are not that many so don’t get too excited.
We rode the Diving Bell ferris wheel that I had seen from the highway (Mom found out that ferris wheels still make her sick), the carousel themed with aquatic animals and the frog hopper (a kid sized falling ride that had Mr T paralyzed with fear).
We walked up to these and were done with all three in 20 minutes tops. That includes all the stopping to load and unload the rides.
But as we continued on and saw the lines building. I think you could easily find yourself waiting in a line for 20-30 minutes once the crowds arrive.
In this area you will also find a line of classic carnival games waiting to take your money in hope of winning a prize. I had to keep pulling the kids away from these. There were quite tempting.
Technically they call this a ride but I am calling it a bit more of an attraction. It is a C.P. Huntington train that carries you around the property and through the Central Waterworks Building. This building has been converted and now houses sharks in a 200,000 gallon tank.
It is pretty cool but you only stop for a couple of minutes to see the sharks. This would have been much better as a walk through attraction. It is the aquarium highlight and you only get a brief glimpse at it.
Then on your return you get to ride through the parking lot. Not very exciting but Mr J loved it because it was a train. In whole 10 minutes.
So for about $20 each we got an hour of entertainment. After that there was nothing else to do. The ride lines had built to the point we didn’t want to go.
We could have done the stingrays again but Mr J was not into it. So we just left and had an early lunch.
I do have to give them one compliment. The employees that work there are awesome! All of them are friendly and very helpful. I am sure they get to deal with difficult people throughout the day so I appreciate all of their smiles even more.
So when it comes down to it I would not recommend the Aquarium as a day outing. It’s just not worth the price.
BUT the Sting Ray Reef is a bargain. On a cruise you would easily spend $100+ for the experience. Yes you get it in a tropical location but for $5.50 you can have it in Downtown Houston. Worth every penny. And they are soooooo soft!
What do you think? Was I too hard on them? Were my expectations to high?