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Oceanario de Lisboa

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Parque das Nacoes
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Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I - Doca dos Olivais, Lisbon 1990-005, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 891 7000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Opened in 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century's...

Opened in 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century's last World Fair, themed "The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future", and eternally binds Lisbon to the Oceans.MissionThe Oceanário’s mission is to promote knowledge of the oceans and bring up the public about the duty of protecting natural heritage, through changing their daily habits.While walking through impressive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn fascinating things about the oceans and, more importantly, how to make decisions in their daily lives that actively promote the conservation of nature.

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Splendid time for the children. A bit too crowdy and shady. Once inside it is difficult to go back! The coffee house is to a avoid.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lisboa
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Splendid time for the children. A bit too crowdy and shady. Once inside it is difficult to go back! The coffee house is to a avoid.

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Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A short walk from the Oriente station, the aquarium is located in the Parque dos Naçoes area of Lisbon which was the site of Expo 98, the year in which the aquarium opened. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. When I visited there was an interesting temporary display of an underwater garden by a Japanese artist.

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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The oceanario demonstrates in a very physical way how the oceans are all connected so that pollution in one area affects all the others. My favourites are the cute otters - in spring they swim about with babies on their tummies

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a LOT better than the London Aquarium. I will never forget the sight of the huge Ocean Sunfishes swimming in the large tank. The glass is curved so your don't get the nauseating vertigo affect when you look into the tanks. The building itself is built on water which adds to the novelty of the place. Well worth a... More 

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Zadar, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent experience. My 4-year old kid was so happy to see all those different species of fish. Unfortunally,restaurant inside oceanario was closed at this time. It should be open all year around.

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Vicenza, Italy
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49 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A really nice Aquarium with lots of different species. It was my third time coming here and I always enjoy it. I particularly appreciated the huge central tank with sharks, sunfish, barracudas and many others. Also very nice the different habitat areas with fish from the different oceans and seas. I loved the puffins and penguins jumping and swimming around.... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really great aquarium. The sea otters are adorable and the exhibits are well-done. The only complaint is that it's a bit out of the way (we took the bus) so finding the return bus to downtown was a challenge! Use the Lisboa card for a slight discount.

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Charlwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love aquariums, and this one is fabulous. The temporary exhibition (been there over a year now) is a massive planted tank with some small fish in it. Sound boring? It isn't!! This is the best planted tank I've ever seen. Something like 40m long and absolutely perfect. The fish range from cardinals to gouramis with rasboras and tetras -... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You'd expect this place to only be interesting to kids, but it's actually fun for everyone. Don't be afraid to turn back and ask staff to return to the top floor if some of the animals you wanted to see were "hiding" when you first walked around: we did this to see the otters, in our first passage they were... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fabulous side- trip- we took this as a side- trip before our long airplane ride- kids loved it and it was not crowded. Lots of outdoor space if the weather is nice.

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Parque das Nacoes
This neighborhood was built up at the end of the 1990s mostly because of the Expo '98. The pavilions and structures that once were the home of all the Expo's attractions and exhibits are still culturally and artistically significant. In Parque das Nações you'll explore conference and concert pavilions, a shopping center, trendy restaurants and an enjoyable cable car ride you can't miss out on. On top of this, the amazing Lisbon Oceanarium (one of the most spectacular things you'll ever see in the city) will take your breath away: its respect and will to preserve natural wildlife is uncanny. Easily accessible by metro, bus or taxi from the city center, Parque das Nações is highly recommended for anyone who'll spend more than 3 days in the Portuguese capital.