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“Nice park! But not a 'must see' in my opinion.”

Oceanografic Valencia
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Ranked #3 of 256 things to do in Valencia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Oceanogràfic of Valencia is the biggest aquarium in Europe. It is located in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. This place faithfully reproduces the most important marine ecosystems.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

A lot of animals, clean an nice architecture of buildings. The show was okay but not very spectacular. Very expensive drinks/food/shops.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

It is a bit expensive as some of the aquarium is not aacessible. But a beautiful park and architecture and wonderful dolphin show that whisks you off to Hawaii for an hour.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Oceanografic is the major attraction of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. It is a large aquarium designed very much in the style of a zoo rather than a waterpark. It contains a few traditional tanks of fish and several outdoor exhibits.

The main entrance building of Oceanografic fits into the ambience of the City of Arts and Sciences, a quality piece of thought-provoking design. In theory it is a fully accessible complex with lifts operating wherever there are stairs. The difficulty arises when the lifts do not work which seemed to be unusually common. There are a couple of low quality places to eat.

The traditional fish tanks have some fairly common specimens. The opening set of exhibits are not amazingly impressive. However, a bit further on there are some incredibly long and impressive tunnels to watch fish including sharks swim overhead and to the side. The long tunnels take a couple of minutes to walk through, it is an incredible amount of water.

Above ground there are some variable exhibits. An aviary with colourful birds is accessible at various points through the day. An exhibit of seals and a separate one of penguins looks like they are in swimming pools rather than a natural environment. The sea lions at least get to swim round in a circle, the largest of them being quite a big brute.

A large arena contains dolphins. Unfortunately the dolphin entertainment is terrible. 20 minutes of waiting for the presenter to do or say something interesting instead of just trying to hype the crowd is not a worthwhile investment of time. The dolphins are simply not worth waiting for an uncharismatic front man to waddle around for half an hour.

Oceanografic is a big aquarium. It is not cheap but it does have some seriously impressive tunnels. There are a few let-downs but overall it is a deecnt aquarium.

Thank Malarchy
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I found the whole building very unique and fabulous.It definitely attracts a lot of tourists every year.The Oceanograffic museum is enormous and shows different species separated in 7-8 sectors . So you will need about 3 hours to see all of them.It is very suitable for young people, kids and their parents.Moreover there are souvenirs shops from which you are able to buy all kinds of presents for your friends and relatives.

Thank Eliya R
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We enjoyed the Oceanografic, with a 4yo and 1yo, the tanks and display areas were clean, inviting and as it wasn't so busy everything was accessible even with a pushchair. Not a cheap day with entry prices and hiked food and drink prices but we felt it was worth it for a one off visit.

Note if you want to eat in the Submarine restaurant you do need to book a table in advance (sometimes possible on the day), menu el dia isn't cheap but we thoroughly enjoyed it and it was part of the experience.

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