Carolina SciQuarium opens Saturday in Greensboro

The Carolina SciQuarium, part of the Greensboro Science Center in Greensboro, opens this Saturday. The state’s first inland aquarium and the first AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited aquarium in the United States to be LEED-certified, the 22,000-sq.-ft. aquarium makes the Greensboro Science Center the state’s only aquarium, museum and zoo in one attraction. The $11.5 million project was paid for with bond money and private fundraising, and is just the first project in a $32 million master plan that includes an update of the older facility, a treetop adventure course, and an endangered-species village. The SciQuarium contains six major exhibits and four SciPod learning areas. Each exhibit will have a pylon with an iPad station where visitors can learn more about the fish and animals displayed. But what you see on opening day is just a beginning. Fish and animals will be added to almost all of the exhibits in the coming months.