Located 1.5 kilometers (a mile) south of the Falls along the Niagara River, this marine theme park attracts visitors from ... More
Located 1.5 kilometers (a mile) south of the Falls along the Niagara River, this marine theme park attracts visitors from around the world. Featured is the largest killer whale habitat in the world, dolphin and sea-lion show, a deer feeding area, and an amusement park with roller-coaster rides. You can view the killer whales either above or below water or get an even closer look in the "Friendship Cove," where you can actually touch one! The latest additions are the majestic Arctic beluga whales.
After years of watching comercials and hearing about Marineland I decided to take my wife and 7 yr son yesterday.........and boy were we dissapointed. The attractions are slim, the marine shows were lame, they had a total of 8 species of animals there and 3 of them not marine animals at all(buffalo,deer, and bears). Its cost $135 to get in, we had lunch(3 hamburgers w/fries and drinks) totalled $43.06 and on top of that they scam you for another $8.50 plus tax if you want to "pet" the beluga's. You end up walking all day as the animals and attractions are so far spread apart with nothing in between. Very very dissapointing!!!!!!
Overall a great experience!
We went as a family of 6, two adults and 4 children, ranging in ages from late teens to toddler. Having said that we went with a plan. We sent the oldest kids off to experience things for themselves with a meet up time and then took the smaller children to the family rides area.
Line ups are modest in the kiddie rides, staff were very polite and helpful. Outside of the kids rides I found that while not always smiling the staff are very approachable and happy to help if you have questions or concerns.
I've read all of the other reviews here and I wonder if anyone thought to ask questions about their concerns while they were in the park. I did and found that the staff are quite knowledgable about the animals and their habitats.
In regards to the walk and size of the park. I think that it's nice to have found somewhere that tries to preserve the natural feeling of an area while still having a fun and educational experience for families.
My family and I will be returning for years to come!
I visited Marineland yesterday, travling from Kingston Ontario. I wasn't impressed with the person that they have annoucing at the Shows (sea lion show & the dolphine show). It was the same person who did both the shows, and I found he was hard to understand. He did not sound very energetic at all, having an huge negative effect on the entire show. It sounded like he was reading a script and that he hated his job. I have visited Marineland two times before in 2009 and in 1999 and I really enjoyed myself those times. But after visiting yesterday, I don't believe I will ever return.
i have gotten a seasons pass every year this is my thrid year getting one. I love going to the shows and im 17 turning 18 i take my cousin who is 5 and she loves it. I go on the little rides with her and the bathrooms are very clean and the rides are good. I go on the roller coaster over and over. It is the BEST!!! I also live in Kitchener, but my family lives in the falls so it is very usefull and it gets me out of the house. I love everything being far away, on a nice day you just get out and walk and get to go on rides. For people who complain about the park. DONT GO!! So what if they dont have alot of rides. It is a beautiful place.
seriously people !
its a park for children.. CHILDREN ! get over it !
yes its expensive but you go buy a whale and feed it on a low budget. GET OVER IT ! marineland has its ups and downs.
1.yes, it could be less walking but go on a nice day and get exercise and a nice tan
2. yes, the tanks are small but if the animals weren't happy they wouldn't move like at the toronto zoo. [ went there 2weeks ago the only animal that moved was the hippo / monkeys [indoors] ]
3. yes its expensive but the money they make on us buy and purchasing they put towards expanding and giving you GUESTS more to do
4. yes the lines are long, but your NOT the only one there,
5. yes, there aren't alot of rides but marineland isn't popular for the rides ! they are known for the ANIMALS ! want go on rides and spend 40$ on a ticket, 20 / 40 $ in gas then EXTRA on food and such GO TO CANADA'S WONDERLAND !
CAN'T YOU PEOPEL GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS !
this place is fun , quit your whining ! it will be pricey, so pack a picnic, you will have to walk so wear comfy shoes, and you will have to stand in line , but you do when you go ANYWHERE in the world.
i went today and i spent 5 hours there and i had a blast, i have over 200 pictures and memories that will least a LONG time, if you stopped your complaining and just enjoyed yourself you would see where im coming from.
suck it up.
We visited Marineland with my son (5) and daughter (2). It started out hot but we got caught in a sudden thunderstorm and that's when we realized that aside from the rides, there isn't much to do at Marineland. (The rides were shut down all afternoon because of the rain.)
There is a main stage at the entrance to the park. The show was good but short. There were seal lions, dolphins and a walrus in the show and it felt short. I couldn't figure out though why two dolphins in a tank to the left of the stage where never let out to perform. They just swam madly in a counterclockwise direction the whole time.
We checked out the "Aquarium" near the Main Stage. It was much smaller than I expected. There was a Walrus in a big tank (and Walrus feedings) but the other aquariums took about 10 minutes to browse though.
Afterwards we went to the whale tanks at Friendship Cove. Considering the vastness of the park, the tanks were so small! The whales are huge creatures and they are trapped tanks the size of fish bowls. The group of belugas at least swam and played but the two killer whales just kept swimming around the pool, side-by-side... round and round. You could see they were bored... or worse. It broke my heart.
We missed the beluga feeding at Artic Cove because of the weather but the tank sizes were still small in my eyes and ironically my kids thought it was the same display (Friendship Cove).
The day cleared up and we continued on ... but we noticed that the rest of the exhibits were geared towards feeding the animals... $2 for a cup of food to feed the bears, or the koi (fish), or the elk/bison, or the deer (some of which didn't look too healthy). These animals just sit there waiting to be fed by tourists. It was unnatural and sad.
Considering the theme of Marineland, I expected a bigger selection of aquatic animals. I'm not sure what bears and deer have to do with water...
Yes, there was a LOT of walking involved... and I'm not adverse to exercise... but most of the other reviews have failed to highlight the fact that there was nothing in between the exhibits except the odd ride. That's why it feels like you're walking forever. There's nothing to look at but trees, pavement, and scores of other visitors.
We ended up eating at the park. The food was also a disappointment... no salads or sandwiches or anything resembling healthy. Just burgers, sausages, hot-dogs, chicken strips or chicken with fries. I thought a slice of cheese pizza would be the safest but even that had a greater than normal amount of greasy cheese (and calories) on it. I highly recommend bringing a lunch.
I know the kids enjoyed feeding the animals, but overall we left Marineland tired and disappointed.
On the ride home, the Marineland radio ad came on and when it was over, my 5 year old son asked when we were going to the Marineland Park. I told him we had just visited it. You could see the disappointment in his eyes when he finally understood...
I was a little skeptical when I read the negative reviews about MarineLand but after visiting the park with my little kids and husband, we had a great time. It's nice that its spread out widely and you don't bump into people's shoulders and kids can round around freely. The shows were very nice and interesting, the park and washrooms were CLEAN even though we went on a busy day (Canada Day). The food options could be better.
Overall it is a very nice place to visit with the kids!!
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