The taxi dropped us off right in front of the ticket windows and we purchased an Atlantis Beach Day Pass for 2 adults and 1 child, $209. We were advised that the beaches were closed due to rough seas so we would only be able to use the manmade beach. We were also advised of the two restaurants that were open for our included lunch. We were then given, what turned out to be, a useless map and went on our way. We started in the casino and made our way to the Dig/Aquarium after stopping to ask an attendant for directions. Yes, we got lost that quickly. Again, the map is useless.
The Dig exhibit and aquariums were wonderful and actually kept our son’s attention for the whole time. A large variety of fish and marine life. Some of the tanks were hazy so it was hard to get clear pictures. The manmade beach was dirty with sea material, We chose not to swim in it but enjoyed laying on the beach. Also, the restaurants that the ticket attendant tells you are open, may or may not actually be open. The staff does not seem to know what is going on outside of their immediate area.
If you choose the Aquarium and Beach Day as an excursion, prepare for walking. My Fitbit clocked 4+ miles over a 5 hour period. Wear cotton shorts and shirts and comfortable shoes. I wore beach sandals and a sundress over my polyester/nylon blend swimsuit and it got pretty uncomfortable. I was a sweaty mess by the end of the day.
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