Flint RiverQuarium profile for Metro Guide

The Flint RiverQuarium boasts a variety of sea life, birds and reptiles. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

The Flint RiverQuarium boasts a variety of sea life, birds and reptiles. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)


Dr. Joe Stubbs glides down the Flint River with his wife, Annabelle, during a Flint RiverQuarium canoe trip. (File photo)


A crowd looks on as volunteers scoop up plastic turtles after the first heat of the turtle race at the Flint RiverQuarium. (File photo)


The Flint RiverQuarium is open Tuesday through Sunday. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

The Flint RiverQuarium, 117 Pine Ave., tells the story of the Flint River, which it stands on the banks of, and the blue hole springs that helped create it. Visitors can experience the unique ecosystems of the Flint River watershed through a variety of interactive exhibits featuring more than 100 species of native aquatic life. The facility’s aviary gives visitors a close-up look at a wide variety of birds found in the surrounding wetland habitat. The Flint RiverQuarium’s Imagination Theater, located next door, presents films on a screen three stories tall. Other ongoing programming include dive shows, alligator feedings and animal presentations. The aquarium also presents a number of educational programs, such as Tadpole Time and Discovery Days. and camps throughout the year aimed at children, and has several programs that tie in with holidays, such as Christmas and Halloween. Flint RiverQuarium also sponsors regular canoe trips down the Flint River.

The essentials about the RiverQuarium:

— Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Gregors

— Location, 117 Pine Ave.

— Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.

— Admission is $6.50 youth, $9 adult for aquarium; $4.50 youth, $6 adult for theater; $10, youth, $14 adult, combined. Children 3 and younger are free. Groups and student rates available.

— Annual memberships range from $49, individual, and $79, family, to $349, contributor.

— Contact (229) 639-2650 or 1 (877) GO-FLINT.

— Website: www.flintriverquarium.com