11,000 ANIMALS: And while those massive tanks and colorful scenes are absolutely note-worthy, it is the many residents of the aquarium that people do rave about. It is home to bamboo sharks, and horseshoe crabs, and jellies so floaty you'd think that some puppeteer is operating them by strings (there is no puppeteer required for these mind-blowing beasties, do note). You can see all of these delightful denizens during the evenings, from 5 o'clock to 8:30 p.m., and you can save money, too. How much? Visitors'll pay just $14.95 for the three-and-a-half-hour stretch of looking-around-ness.
NIGHTY NIGHT, LORIKEETS: The chirp-tastic birds just outside of the building'll be tucked up for the evening, and shall not be receiving visitors. But everything else that's furry and fin-laden? You'll find them inside and at that adjacent pools and tanks. It's a peaceful and knowledge-smart way to wrap a year and welcome a new one, if you're hoping to incorporate more peaceful, smarty-fun outings in 2016.