I didn't know they had a dolphin show. I did see the 4d movie option for an extra $5. Is it worth the nearly $40 to go? I went to the aquarium in seattle and it was kind of a bust, for the $75 I had to pay for two tickets.
I know reviews are not allowed, this is not a review, it is an account of my experience at the stores today.
So today I ended up going to House of Tropicals and Congressional Aquariums, Tropical Lagoon closes early so I wasn't able to stop by there, but I may be able to swing by tomorrow.
HoT is crazy big inside, they had a ton of fish, a few I wish I could have brought home with me actually. Their planted section was not really that good. A lot of their planted tanks appeared to have BBA and another type of algae I wasn't sure what type it was though. They did have a lot of the gel pack plants though, but they were a bit expensive, $13 for on and 3 for $30. The pretty much had the same gel packed plants petsmart now has just a different package. The brand of gel packs they had seemed to be a lot healthier than those found at petsmart though. Best two deals here were HC on a rock for like $3 I think, and I believe they had full grown assassian snails for $5. Another thing I liked about this place is they had practically every test kit! I have been looking for a GH/KH test kit for a long time, I didn't want to order one online because they are only like $6 and shipping would've been $6 at least. They had some awesome aquariums in this store, some for sale and some display. One of my favorites was a planted 30 or 40 gallon top view aquarium, I forgot to get a picture of it but it was really cool! If I have time I am going to go back tomorrow and get a picture. I did see this betta aquarium I am thinking of getting, but won't be keeping bettas in it, its call the betta waterfall or betta falls, something of that nature, was only $45, think I might go pick one up and mail it to myself lol!
Congressional aquariums was pretty cool as well, it is another decent sized store. They have quite a selection of fish there, and they all seemed super healthy too. One of the best parts of this store is they didn't have huge fish crammed into too tiny aquariums. I have been to far too many stores that have 6-10 inch oscars in 10 gallon aquariums, makes me sad. This is the first store I've ever seen that has had piranha so I thought that was pretty cool. They had a bigger selection of plants, but just the normal stuff you would see at any other store. The staff at this store was really good! I ended up talking with one of the guys that works there for about an hour and a half about all sorts of stuff to do with the aquarium hobby. I introduced him to TPT and hopefully they will join up! They did have a really nice planted display tank with all sorts of rainbow fish in it, I hope mine get that size one day! I ended up spending way more time in this store chatting with the staff than anything, they were all really friendly, I taught them some about plants and they taught me a little about saltwater while I was there. If I lived here this would be my store of choice to go to.
All in all both of these stores were nice and big and had a ton of stuff in stock, I wish we had places like that back home. The only decent stores we have are the big P petstores.