An aquarium visit soothes the soul with visions of ambling fish and bubbling tanks that call to mind the gestation pods in which all human life begins. Come full circle with today's Groupon: for $15, you get four admissions to Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown (a $30 value).
Brimming with myriad specimens of local and regional sea life, Biomes Marine Biology Center sends wide-eyed visitors on an aquatic odyssey complete with up-close octopus encounters and the chance to pet a predatory shark. Dozens of tanks house the center’s diverse collection of gilled and tentacled inhabitants, many of which were caught by local volunteers or tyrannical, obsessive whaling captains.
Visitors are free to roam among the displays, taking in views of sea horses and octopuses while testing the waterlogged brains of resident biologists. The center's public hours include events and exhibitions held every half hour, from an enthralling demonstration of a puffer fish’s spiny defense mechanism to a hypnotizing viewing of Darwin the tortoise's afternoon workout. Daring nautical explorers can reach out to pet a hungry shark or venture up to the tank of a venomous scorpionfish, which, despite its humble appearance, counts itself among the deadliest animals in the world.
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.
221 Shady Lea Rd.
North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852