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“A Hidden Gem You Should Not so Easily Dismiss” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #22 of 194 things to do in Santo Domingo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owings Mills, Maryland
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem You Should Not so Easily Dismiss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Acuario Nacional in Santo Domingo is a rare opportunity, to experience the rich local marine fauna. While it is not as large as American Aquariums or as full of worthless spectacle (like Dolphin and Whale shows that do a lot to attract $$$ but little for conservation) it is a unique place as it is open and airy and located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. The staff is amazing, they have been at the forefront of Marine Biological Conservation efforts in the Caribbean for decades and have little if any Government support. This little gem is often overlooked by tourists and locals alike but what they have managed to do since opening their doors in 1990 is amazing. They have managed to instill a love of wildlife in children across the board and inspire other nations to mimic their research, unfortunately because these achievements have been made quietly it is easy to dismiss this places beauty & charm over the blaring flash and glam of other places that focus on treating their animals like props rather than illustrating their beauty's own merit. If you are an eco-tourist this would be an amazing stop. I highly recommend it.

Visited April 2012
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Small and not to many animals”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

We have a long way to go to consider this a place to visit. I guess kids who have never been to another aquiarium might find this interesting. For the rest, not worth the drive.

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Newark, Delaware
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“This was super cute!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great little aquarium, and cheap! only $3 for non residents, nothing like in the US. it's an open aquarium with tons of fish, turtles, eels, sharks and marine life. Even has a cool tunnel you walk through! a must see

Visited November 2012
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Llandudno
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“an impressive place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

I visited this aquarium with Dominican friends and was very impressed with the design and with all that is being done by a hardworking team to conserve the marine animals of the seas around the island. New information was being put up when I was there which was very good for kids. I talked to some of the staff who were keen to share their work in conservation. Definitely and place to be supported.

Visited September 2012
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Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
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68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“SHARP BLUED”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

This place is one of my favorite. Go alone, go with a friend or your family. You will see species that only locals get to see if the go deep sea scuba diving, This place has unique animals you only see in Discovery Channel

Visited November 2011
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