The Living Planet Aquarium
Uunique experience awaits visitors as they cross over from the urban jungles of the Salt Lake Valley into a world of diverse ecosystems. In combining entertainment, conservation, and education into one world-class destination, The Living Planet Aquarium encourages guests to have fun while learning to appreciate the world’s spectacular oceans.
The aquarium is a hub of delight and knowledge for kids of all ages. Recent additions to The Living Planet family include five new baby sharks and a Megalodon shark jaw exhibit. Upcoming summer exhibits like the popular Shark Week are among the most thrilling displays of the year. The aquarium is also a perfect spot to host private events such as weddings, family reunions, and birthday parties. The replica of an 1830s sunken ship connects to a large multi-purpose room with sufficient space for training workshops, school proms, sales meetings, or holiday events.
This past year’s record attendance indicates that the exciting programs, events, and exhibits are catching people’s attention in a big way. “The Living Planet Aquarium had a terrific January and February after unveiling the River Otter Exhibit with over 98,000 visits, which is more than 39 percent higher than the prior year,” said Angie Hyde, Director of Public Relations and Marketing. “We also broke our prior 2010 summertime record of 114,970 [visits] with 124,852 visits in 2012.” These figures put The Living Planet at the forefront of aquariums in the country as it achieved the highest annual percentage increase among all aquariums in the United States.
December 2013 brings an enormous change to The Living Planet: a relocation to Draper. The new iconic facility will include expanded educational programs, field trips, and hands-on learning that would otherwise not be accessible to Utah’s residents. Two stories and 136,000-square-feet will feature a 500 seat banquet hall, a gift shop, a café and party room, and a 400,000 gallon shark tank with a 40-foot walk-through tunnel. A scale model replica of an ocean- going National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel will serve as the gateway for the visitors’ educational adventure, reinforcing The Living Planet’s dedication to inspiring exploration, discovery, and conservation. Throughout the summer and into fall, the current Sandy location will remain open and thriving, offering its ever-growing population of marine wildlife and tantalizing exhibits to eager guests.
725 E. 10600 S., Sandy
801-355-3474 | thelivingplanet.com
NEW LOCATION (DECEMBER 2013):
12033 S. Lone Peak Pkwy, Draper