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Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

No.1388 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120, China
021-58779988
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As featured in Shanghai for young kids
Ranked #31 of 834 attractions in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Delightfully spacious and well-lit aquarium filled with a great selection of Asian fish. The highlight is the impressive tunnels where you under the... more » Owner description: Delightfully spacious and well-lit aquarium filled with a great selection of Asian fish. The highlight is the impressive tunnels where you under the tanks and surrounded by fish. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
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Sarasota, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Decent aquarium with a nice selection of Chinese fish. Do not, under any circumstances, visit on a weekend, couldn't even get close to the exhibits without fighting through several rows of people taking pictures of the most inane things.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was one of the more expensive things we did in Shanghai. At several places we did not have to pay for our daughter (because she is under 1.3 meters) but at the aquarium we did. It is VERY clean, the exhibits are well maintained and the layout is easy to navigate. Most of the signage is also in english,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I felt that the ticket price was a bit expensive for what it has to offer. During the holiday season, it can get VERY crowded. They've tried to make it less crowded but with it being at the the tourist location in Shanghai (already crowded as it is), it didn't help much. Like most other big-scale aquariums, you follow a... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Visited on a rainy day as this is a indoor facility. Very crowded yet quite enjoyable. Variety was good and the tunnel was fantastic. Overall, quite good place to visit.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Have seen practically nothing in travel guides about this and sort of just saw it while passing by and decided to stop. One thing I like about major aquariums worldwide is that they usually have a section about the fish in the area where the aquarium is located. This was no exception and we enjoyed the section on the Yangtze... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Our family enjoyed the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. Our kids are ages 8, 5, and 2. No ticket required for 2y.o. (based on a height limit) so that was nice! Not too crowded on a weekday, easy to maneuver through the exhibits and plenty of time to see what we wanted to see. Nice variety of ocean animals, and many that... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is a great place to visit! They have those under water tunnels and you can see a variety of ocean animals, such as sharks and sea turtles, swimming above you. I've been to other ocean aquariums before, but I really enjoyed this one, because there were animals only found on the Asian part of the world and I've never... More

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Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This place cost about 150 RMB an adult to enter and family ticket are also available. There is a lot of aquamarine species to observe, the only set back is the passage way all the way is a bit too small and there iid way too many people inside visiting, hence if you are thinking of taking pictures for your... More

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shanghai
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We live in Shanghai and I've been here many times with our son. But over the last few years, it seems as though this place is getting dingier, and well, maybe suffering from budget cuts. Poor sawfish is alone in a very small, bare tank. Not even tiny fish, seaweed, or coral to accompany him. Just a plan concrete tank.... More

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

We visited the aquarium earlier this month and were very unimpressed. As a matter of fact, we were upset by the small tanks for the size and amount of animals being housed. A shark tank with multiple sharks who swam the same small pattern over an over and over. It was sad. The long underwater tunnel was hot and the... More

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