Sharks, stingrays, and jellyfish, oh my! Not to mention geckos, frogs, and vipers. That’s just a preview of what you can find at the Electric City Aquarium. Located in Scranton at the Marketplace at Steamtown, this quick trip offers both fun and education close to home. We had a chance to catch up with them to find out more about what to expect.
Q. An aquarium and reptile den right in our own backyard? How amazing! How long has the aquarium been open, and how did it find a home in the Marketplace at Steamtown?
A. The aquarium opened on September 20th, 2018. Our founders believe that Scranton needed something fun and educational for people of all ages to experience, and the Marketplace at Steamtown had the ideal space and setup available for us to build our facility.
Q. What can visitors expect to find during their first visit?
A. Visitors can expect a fun-filled day of learning about exotic creatures from all over the world. They’ll be able to explore our facility at their own pace, attend some of our complimentary educational shows, and touch real stingrays, starfish, and anemones in our touch tanks.
Q. What types of animals can be found? Can visitors touch them?
A. We have a wide range of reptiles and aquatic animals who reside in our facility. Some visitor favorites are: Glass Frogs, Jackson Geckos, Eyelash Vipers, Alligators, Clown Fish, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Stingrays, Moray Eels, and Jellyfish.
We have two large touch tanks where visitors can touch various species of starfish, anemones, stingrays, and sharks.
Q. Are the aquarium and reptile den separate?
A. The aquarium and reptile den are connected by a passageway near our education room. Visitors start their experience with us by entering our amphibian room, then they proceed into our lizard area. Their journey through our reptile den ends with our crocodile room. Some visitors may choose to watch one of our complimentary, up-close animal shows or continue on into the main aquarium. In the main aquarium, visitors will be able to see sharks, tropical fish, an octopus, and numerous other beautiful creatures.
Q. What important lessons can be learned by visiting the aquarium?
A. Our mission is to inform and entertain our visitors by providing fun and educational experiences with animals of land and sea. By doing this we are raising public awareness concerning conservation of habitats and wildlife across the globe. Conservation today makes for a healthier planet tomorrow!
Q. Are all ages and abilities welcome?
A. Yes, we welcome people of all ages and abilities to visit us and enjoy all that we have to offer. Our facility is 100% wheelchair accessible.
Q. Can I host my next birthday or celebration at the aquarium?
A. Yes! We offer the ability to host birthday parties, corporate functions, weddings, business meetings, etc.
Q. Is there anything else our readers need to know?
A. We’d like your readers to know that we also host our own fun events such as: Yoga at the Aquarium, Sloth Day, special dinner events, and more!
Q. What is the best way to learn more information about the aquarium?
A. To learn more about the aquarium and reptile den, please visit www.electriccityaquarium.com and/or www.facebook.com/ElectricCityAquarium
Electric City Aquarium
300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA