New Public Aquarium Opens in Branson, MO

11 Dec, 2020

Branson's new Aquarium at the Boardwalk promises something spectacular from the moment you walk up, as this exterior rendering demonstrates. The actual 55-foot tall stainless steel sculpture of Aquarius the Octopus is currently being completed right now in early December; we'll update with photos as soon as they become available!
Branson’s new Aquarium at the Boardwalk promises something spectacular from the moment you walk up, as this exterior rendering demonstrates. The 55-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of Aquarius the Octopus is currently being completed; we’ll update with photos as soon as they become available!

BRANSON, MO – Aquarium at the Boardwalk opened its doors to the public for the first time on Monday, November 23rd, 2020.

A visitor's first look at "Observation Station".
A visitor’s first look at Observation Station.

“We’re beyond excited to be able to welcome guests into the Aquarium today and going forward,” said Tej Sundher, Partner at Kuvera Partners, developer of the attraction. “Our Husbandry Team and the entire staff has been hard at work preparing, and we think visitors will be mesmerized with the beautiful fish and thoroughly entertained by the fun activities throughout the experience.”

Guests enjoying small aquaria in the "Observation Station" exhibit.
Guests enjoying small aquaria in the Observation Station exhibit.

Some features that visitors can expect to enjoy:

  • Ten exciting zones full of Fish & Fun
  • More than 250 different animal species in 400,000 gallons of salt water
  • Sharks, seahorses, stingrays, lionfish, octopi, eels, and much more!
  • An original 5D submarine adventure to the bottom of the sea
  • More than 7,200 individual sea animals – soon to exceed 10,000
  • Multiple photo ops, including a seahorse carousel and a mermaid tail & trident
  • Two mirrored art installations that give the sense of infinite ocean life
  • A 24-foot-high Kelp Forest climbing structure for kids
  • A gorgeous 16-foot view of a coral reef
"Journey Through the Waters", and experience a plethora of reef life.
Journey Through the Waters and experience a plethora of reef life.

Guests will also meet the Aquarium’s characters: Aquarius, the wise and helpful Giant Pacific Octopus, and Finn, the adventurous Golden Puffer. Not only will these animals be the first they see on the Boardwalk, Aquarius the Octopus is represented in numerous ways throughout the experience, beginning with the 55-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture wrapped around the front of the building. Since octopuses are masters of camouflage, Aquarius can also be found hiding in nine fun ways throughout the experience.

“Touch pools are one of the most popular features in all aquariums. We’re pleased to have two of them, one with rays and sharks and the other with surging water and tide pool animals such as anemones and starfish,” said Sundher. “It’s been our pleasure to see the pure excitement when guests reach into those pools and connect with the animals.”

Aquarium at the Boardwalk is committed to preserving ocean life, and has partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation™.
Aquarium at the Boardwalk is committed to preserving ocean life, and has partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation™.

Aquarium at the Boardwalk is committed to preserving ocean life, and has partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation™ (www.coralrestoration.org), the largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state. Over the next 20 years, CRF™, NOAA, and other partners will be working to restore seven iconic reef sites along Florida’s Coral Reef—restoring a total area equivalent to 52 football fields.

Tickets for Aquarium at the Boardwalk are now on sale at the box office and online at www.AquariumAtTheBoardwalk.com. All tickets are for timed entry. Guests are encouraged to purchase online to get the day and time that works best for them.

The Aquarium is open daily from 10 am to 7:30 pm and will extend these hours starting at Christmas Season. For more information, or to order tickets, visit www.AquariumAtTheBoardwalk.com.

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ABOUT AQUARIUM AT THE BOARDWALK
Aquarium at the Boardwalk is the first attraction being developed at Branson Boardwalk, a new entertainment complex located at the center of the Highway 76 Entertainment District in Branson, Missouri. The $55 million aquarium focusing on fish and fun is located at 2700 West 76 Country Blvd, Unit A, Branson, MO 65616.

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  1. May 28, 2021

    Super friendly staff and a very cool atmosphere.

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