Hundreds of thousands more each year help keep it open. Nearly 500,000 people have visited since it opened but managers want more.
They hope for big crowds at a fifth anniversary bash this Labor Day weekend.
They're offering new exhibitions, a lot of activities special deals to celebrate the Riverquarium's anniversary.
"I would say the greatest growth has been programmatic and we've grown in terms of financial support from the private sector from the organization," said Scott Loehr, Flint Riverquarium Director.
The Riverquarium got off to a great start attracting 5,500 visitors that first weekend but has struggled at times since then.
This year, the city agreed to give $275,000 to the Riverquarium, the county gave $250,000.
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