Jul 25

Great Zoo Exhibit: Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium

Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium: Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

LionfishThe Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium is one of the many key exhibits located in Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska.  This aquarium first opened its doors in 1995 and just went under an extensive remodeling in 2012.  The Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium could easily be an attraction all by itself and the people of Omaha are very lucky to have such a fine exhibit as part of their very impressive zoo. PenguinsAt this 71,000 square foot facility you will come face to face with a variety of fish and animals.  The aquarium has a plethora of exhibits that feature habitats ranging from tropical coral reefs to Antarctic penguins.   Being just a part of a zoo one would think that the Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium would not be as well put together as other stand-alone aquariums found throughout the country, Karen and I have found that this is one of the nicer aquariums that we have been to.Omaha Zoo AquariumThe lobby of the Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium starts your visit off right with a 500 gallon touch tank to give you that hands-on chance to connect with nature.  There is also a very interesting tank on the far wall that gives the impression of a never ending school of fish as they move from one side of the tank and disappears then reappear out of nowhere.Tropical Blue FishOnce you leave the lobby you enter their aquatic bird area which is home to puffins, common murres, king, Gentoo, little rockhopper, and macaroni penguins.  This is a large holding area with plenty of good viewing sights to see one of the more popular zoo animals.Jelly FishAfter leaving the penguin exhibit area you will enter what is the highlight area of the Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium which is their 900,000 gallon tank complete with a 70 foot long tunnel.  This large tank houses sharks, sea turtles, a variety of large tropical fish, and sting rays.  If not crowded this area is a good place to just sit and watch the fish swim by.  However, if you are there on a busy day be prepared when entering the tunnel because it can get quite loud with gleeful screams of the young and those who are young at heart.Aquarium Sting RayThere are eight more exhibit areas that make up the rest of the Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium. Tropical Beaches, Ocean Drifters, Saving the Reef, Eel Reef, Scuba Reef, Staff Picks, Cold Pacific Waters and Amazon River, most of these exhibit areas have a series of tanks filled with a variety of fish.  All of these exhibits are well put together, but the Ocean Drifters with its bright colorful jelly fish and sea horses along with Scuba Reef are really a step above the rest. Whenever Karen and I go to the Omaha Zoo we go to the aquarium first, see the rest of the zoo and head back to the aquarium before we leave.  It is really that nice of an exhibit that it begs to be seen twice in one trip.rays and shark tankThe Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium is just one of the many parts that makes the Henry Doorly Zoo a special place to visit which is why this zoo ranks so high on our top 10 list of the best zoos in America. If you find yourself in the Omaha area make sure you stop by the Henry Doorly Zoo, it is well worth the visit.

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  1. freda

    Wow this aquarium is fantastic. I could spend most of the day in here. Then what about the rest of the zoo? ? ? I guess it will take more than one day to see it all.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      We have paid more to see other aquariums that we not even as nice plus if you look at that way the rest of the zoo is just an added bonus to the price of admission

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