Loveland Living Planet Aquarium FAQs
When did the Aquarium open?
The Living Planet Aquarium was founded by Brent Andersen, a marine biologist, who had a vision for a world-class aquarium in Utah. In 1999, two "Aqua Vans" were outfitted with educational exhibits and began visiting Utah schools. In June 2004, The Living Planet Aquarium Preview Exhibit opened in The Gateway Mall. Then in 2006, we moved to a bigger location in Sandy, Utah. On March 25, 2014, the newest location in Draper was opened. At 136,000 square feet, this new building accommodates growing crowds and lots more exhibit space.
What are your operating hours?
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
(Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas)
Where is The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium?
We are located at 12033 South Lone Peak Parkway, Draper UT 84020
What are the directions to the aquarium coming from the North?
Take I-15 southbound to the 11400 South exit. Travel west to Lone Peak Parkway, turn left at the light. We are located on the left side of the street.
What are the directions to the aquarium coming from the South?
Take I-15 northbound to the 12300 South exit. Travel west to Lone Peak Parkway, turn right at the light. We are located on the right side of the street.
What is the cost for parking?
There is no cost for parking.
How long does it take to see the entire aquarium?
It takes between 2 to 3 hours, depending on your group.
Do you offer special needs access?
The building is ADA compliant.
Are strollers allowed in the aquarium?
Strollers are permitted throughout the aquarium. We ask that you be considerate of other visitors as they are navigating dark galleries to see the exhibits.
What is the cost for admission?
The cost for admission is $15.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors, students and military personnel, and $10.95 for children, ages 3 to 12. Children ages 2 and under are free. You can purchase tickets online here.
Do you offer any discounts?
There are no discounts at this time. Discounts are offered on occasion.
Do you accept credit cards?
We accept all major credit cards.
Do you offer memberships?
We offer different levels of annual memberships for our guests. For more information, see this page.
What constitutes a group, and what is the cost of group admission tickets?
Groups of 20 or more receive $2 off regular general admission prices. You can request a group reservation by filling out a form on our website: Group Reservations
Can I leave the building and return?
Visitors may leave the aquarium and return with the appropriate hand stamp.
Is there a gift shop?
Yes. Visitors exit through the gift shop where you may purchase Loveland Living Planet Aquarium merchandise and souvenirs before leaving the aquarium.
Is there a place to eat within the aquarium?
Yes. Café Avalon is full of delicious snacks that can help you re-fuel as you continue to explore, discover and learn all about some of the world's most amazing underwater animals. For menus and detailed descriptions, please visit this page.
What are the best times to avoid crowds?
The best times to avoid crowds are Sundays and in the evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
What are your photography and video guidelines?
During your visit, you are welcome to take photos and video for your personal use only. Commercial photography is allowed only with prior written permission from our Public Relations department. For your safety and the safety of other visitors, we prohibit the use of tripods and monopods in the aquarium.
Flash photography can hurt some animals such as the Giant Pacific Octopus. Before you click the shutter, please look for signs that contain guidelines as to whether flash photography is permitted.
Do you do marriage proposals?
Amazon Giants tank - $200
Penguin exhibit - $200
Shark tank - $250
Do you provide Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi is now available at the aquarium free of charge. You can browse the Internet with your Wi-Fi enabled cell phones, PDAs or MP3 players. For more information, please ask any staff member.
Do you offer educational programs?
We currently operate two free outreach school programs, on-site field trips for school groups, a teacher professional development program and a variety of public programs. For more information about outreach programs, please visit the education section on our website.
What is your smoking policy?
For the health and safety of our guests and animals, smoking is prohibited anywhere on aquarium property, including outdoor areas.
How many exhibits are at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, and what can I expect to see?
There are four main exhibits at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America and Antarctic Adventure. There are 2,500 animals and 450 species currently on display, ensuring that there are always lots to see and do as you make your way through the aquarium.
Can I touch any of the animals at the aquarium?
There are three touch pools available specifically for touching animals. We have a strict two-finger touch policy to ensure the safety of our animals and our visitors.
Can I plan a party at the aquarium?
We are not booking birthday parties at this time. More information will be posted as soon as we are booking parties.
Does the aquarium have storage lockers?
Unfortunately we do not have lockers. We suggest that you limit your number of personal belongings to ensure a positive experience.
How can I make a contribution/donation to the aquarium?
Can I bring my own food and drink?
No food or drink may be consumed inside the aquarium, and seating in Café Avalon is reserved for cafe patrons.
I've lost an item. Does the aquarium have a lost and found?
Our Guest Services staff will assist you with items that have been turned in to the Lost and Found area.
How can I become a volunteer?