I heard this rumor that Kansas City was getting an aquarium and was curious/excited to confirm it as true. A few years ago, the Jenks Aquarium was brought to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where I used to live. I always thought the entrance fee was a little high (over $10/adults), but they had some cool features, like a walk-through shark tank, and times you could watch the feeding frenzy. Actually, my high school held the prom at the Aquarium. It made me curious what the KC aquarium might have in mind.
The St. Louis Today website talks about construction for the KC Aquarium was supposed to begin in May 2011 and should be finished Spring 2012. Apparently there were plans to build a much larger aquarium, according the KC Business journal, but those plans were nixed for a more ‘kid friendly’ aquarium to go inside KC’s Crown Center,which already has many stores targeted to the younger audience, like the Crayola store and the train cafe, as well as the outdoor fountain.
There was an argument that KC easily could support 2 aquariums, but the decision was made to only install one, that will house anything from sea horses to sharks. I am very excited for another tourist attraction to come to Kansas City.