Learning about octopi in an aquatic center is safer than experiencing them firsthand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today's Groupon: for $4, you get a single-admission ticket to Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown (a $7.50 value). A private aquarium and education center, the Biomes Center focuses on teaching terrestrials about the creatures who call Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean home. Come any Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., to help feed the dogfish sharks, see a pufferfish inflate, or discuss current events with Darwin the tortoise. Should salty knowledge make your head spin, the qualified staff can help answer questions such as, "Do anemones have eyes?" and "Do moray eels dream of electric sheep?"
The Providence Journal favorably reviewed Biomes Marine Biology Center:
- Hall placed each aquarium at the eye level of a child and each tank has an easy-to-read sign describing the animals inside. The center is divided into color-coded stations that keep kids moving during school field trips and weekend parties. – Tom Meade, the Providence Journal
Biomes Marine Biology Center
Since 1989, the Biomes Marine Biology Center has immersed visitors of all ages in the lives of sea creatures through a range of hands-on programs. Though it recently moved to a new location, it has kept aquatic habitats focused on the denizens of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Amid tanks of native and tropical species such as octopuses, horseshoe crabs, lionfish, tortoises, and sharks, the staff treats visitors to a range of events—including educational demonstrations and hermit-crab-socialization seminars.
In a separate area for kids aged 3–6 , staff members lead animal-themed story times, and walk children through corresponding craft projects afterward. They also organize birthday parties, during which kids can pet tide-pool animals such as eels, horseshoe crabs, and small sharks.