Touch Pools at aquariums provide a chance to find out what a few ocean creatures actually feel like. Sea Life Park Hawaii just finished a renovation to its own touch pool and unveils it to the public this weekend.
While the new Touch Pool shares the same footprint as the old one, the similarities end there. “We expanded the attraction so it now has three pools, featuring things like an observation bubble and much more space for our animals. Everything is elaborately landscaped, and creates a real Hawaiian sense of place,” says curator Jeff Pawloski.
During sea turtle hatchling season, park staff will even bring out the babies. “We also have juvenile turtles about a year old, along with other animals like sea urchins, hermit crabs, and great little Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, which will eat the dead skin off your arm if you let them. We also have white tip sharks in one tank, which are amazing to watch,” adds Pawloski.
The grand opening will include a celebration all day with live entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids, and possibly even a mermaid sighting. Each child accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free only on this day.
The event is Saturday, November 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $29.99 Adults, $19.99 children under 12; but just for November 14, each child with a paying adult gets in free. More at sealifeparkhawaii.com