Day Tripping - Huntsman Marine Science Center
Our first visit to the Huntsman Marine Center was years ago, when they were renovating. While it was a great experience and Lorne enjoyed it, we really wanted to experience the new Science Center! Last summer, while visiting St. Andrew's on a day trip with my family, husband, son 12, nephew 12 and son 2.5, we had our chance to visit. The same day we packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed the park, visited the Block House and Kingsbrae Gardens.
Upon entering the facility,there is a small gift shop and a large area with information about the Fundy coastline. Did you know that if you are anywhere in New Brunswick, you are never more than 200KM from the ocean?
The most impressive structure meets you as you enter the center. The glass column of water and fish, pictured below with the boys having a look, reflects the height of the Fundy tides.
The touch tanks are a huge hit with kids, and there are a variety of marine life to touch and see in the large touch pools of the main floor. Downstairs you can see various marine creatures including the blue lobster pictured above. There is also a children's play area on the bottom floor.
Don't miss watching Snorkel and Loki, the resident harbour seals. They will put on a little show for you. There is a large viewing area on the main floor, an outdoor viewing area and also, downstairs is an underwater viewpoint. They are sure to entertain both children and adults alike!
At the Huntsman Marine Science Center you will enjoy seeing sturgeon, seahorses, salmon, intertidal creatures, and underwater viewing of Bay of Fundy fishes. There is also a Café & Gift Shop, children's play area, feature films, interactive displays, the walking path to the beach to explore while on site.
This aquarium is worth adding to your day trip list, if you are headed to St. Andrews. We will definitely visit again.
Visit them online at: www.huntsmanmarine.ca