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Oceanarium

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Address: Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
Phone Number: 44 1202 311993
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the...
The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lionfish and the weirdly wonderful octopus – they are all waiting to be discovered!Experience the world's first virtual Interactive Dive Cage and take a magnificent adventure without getting wet.... Then discover the interactive Global Meltdown to unveil the potential effects of climate change. Be enchanted by two very cute Oriental small clawed otters, watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year – please check before visiting. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets valid all day with nine daily feeding presentations.Book tickets online to make great savings.
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Learning of the conservation efforts to preserve these beautiful mammals for generations to come was interesting

A perfect afternoon out for families with children giving the opportunity to learn so much about the habitats of a wide variety of marine life. It was a pleasure to see the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A perfect afternoon out for families with children giving the opportunity to learn so much about the habitats of a wide variety of marine life. It was a pleasure to see the turtles being fed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the oceanarium, the first back in 2013, Not a lot has changed in the 2 years apart from the introduction of the penguins. On this occasion we took our two children aged 3 & 9, they both seemed to enjoy themselves, the whole place only takes around 30 mins to walk around, that's including... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the day out at the Oceanarium, the price was reasonable the layout was good to. I found it very educational. The new penguin enclosure was done really nice and you had a full view of the penguin's. Nice terrace as well to have icecream and a drink. To End it there was a lovely gift shop for lovely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Have taken grandchildren on several occasions and always enjoyed it, however I have to say I think it's a shame it has a slightly overpriced entrance fee. If it wasn't for this I would happily visit more often . As a resident it's hard to justify the costs sometines

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Lymington, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Have been here before but not recently. Something very nice to do, especially when it is raining. Situated right next to the Pier and main beach if Bournemouth. Found it a bit expensive.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

great day out good value for money nice place to eat within the building. gets busy if weather is poor

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Oceanariums is small but well maintained with a nice variety of fish and other creatures. As with most of these places it has informative panels and feeding times to see animals/fish close up. I have two issues with it. The first is that despite purchasing online tickets and there being a fast track queue - on a busy rainy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This place is so small it really isn't worth the money. It's clean which is a positive but it's nothing special. There are a few fish a few penguins 1 shark and a few otters other than that that's it . It literally took us 10mins to walk around. We will not be visiting again.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very expensive for what it is. When paying for a family it certainly damages the 'spending funds' Some interesting things but it can be done in an hour, and you are left wondering why you really bothered.

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Portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Quite easily spend a couple of hours in here. We watched the otters being fed and the sharks and turtles and the good thing is you can come in and out all day so if you miss one feeding session, you're sure to see another one

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