I never went to the old one as I'm from out of town. It was pretty cool though. There was a "fish" in the aquarium that was obviously related to the seahorse, except it looked just like a twig with little branches and leaves. It was pretty amazing.
It's actually pretty amazing. The kids loved it there. You can go through the whole thing rather quickly if you want but you can also take your sweet time and enjoy everything. I had a great time there and can't wait to go back!
I remember the old one, about 40 years ago and the Aligator Gar tank, I hear they still have some of those same fish?
I went there last year on a Saturday, there wasn't any parking within a 1/2 mile, and the place was a zoo, so crowded. I would only go again during the week. They had an albino aligator, very strange looking critter. It's a great place to take the kids.
very cool! expect big crouds, go early, off season, and go twice to see it all. costs too much bring your own food their food is way over priced and not very good. go across the way to the De Young Museum for good food.
Its an awesome addition to the city. Great for children and adults alike, the indoor rainforest is like nothing I've ever seen. It get crowded, especially on weekends so its best to go during the week. Also they have 'Night Life' which are weekday nights they open the Academy to 21+, serve drinks and food and have music as well as the rest of the attractions