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Review of Dolfinarium

Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Harderwijk
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: An unforgettable day 
A visit to the Dolfinarium is an unforgettable day out for the whole family. Because how often do you get the chance to meet dolphins, take a close look at sea lions and touch sharks?

Use all of your senses
You can easily spend an entire day at Europe's largest marine mammal park. Take a stroll from the Dolfijnendelta (Dolphin Delta) – where newborn dolphins swim – to the Zeehondenzand (Seal Sand) where common seals live together with grey seals. Listen to the rowdy sea lions and see with your own eyes how enormous walruses are. At the Roggenrif (Ray Reef) you get to meet some smaller inhabitants of the North Sea. Sea bass, rainbow trout and anemones, for example. You can observe them closely and learn all about these interesting creatures. You can even touch the sharks and the rays.

 Eye to eye
 Of course you get to take a close look at our marine mammals. There are eleven unique shows in which the dolphins, sea lions and walruses show you their best moves. Be amazed and moved by their extraordinary appearance! 

Animal welfare first
 The Dolfinarium has been around for nearly fifty years. Over the years we have done a lot of research and made a significant contribution to the protection of the animals in the wild. Animal welfare has always been and will always be our top priority in our research. We take care of our marine animals with a lot of love, passion and respect.
And it shows: the animals in Harderwijk grow (a lot) older than their congeners in the wild and every year many babies are born in our park. As the main sponsor of Stichting SOS Dolfijn we are proud that we are able to help increase the well-being of the animals.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Shows using aquatic mammals such as dolphins, killer whales, seals and walrusses doing tricks and performing stunts for the audience. There is also a private beach for customers. It attracts busloads of tourists from all over.

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"sea lions"
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"nice place"
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"small kids"
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"my daughter"
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"buy tickets"
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"marine mammals"
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"spend half a day"
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"sea world"
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"value for money"
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"rainy day"
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"bit pricey"
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Got the English language brochure from hotel, saw this advertised in many of our hotels. Very excited to go. Our day would have been just ok if there weren't hundreds of loud unsupervised school kids and other community groups who seemed to gain priority/push in. Asked a lady who works there & apparently the numbers are normal like that during the week. Family groups found it hard to see (or hear) anything and we saw many leaving early before any shows even started. Toilets: 2 of 4 were unusable as they were smeared with poo and piles of wet toilet paper on floor. The rest of the family groups sought respite in the quiet of the restaurant....Food was terrible. Once we waited for school groups to go, we had an hour before closing to see everything, which was really lovely. There are awesome playgrounds also (when not crawling with the 1000s school kids) All shows, displays and demonstrations are in dutch, despite the brochure advertising to the English speaking tourist market. Am not expecting everything to be easy when travelling, or in English (we speak French and german too). but this was too much. Wouldn't go again.

4  Thank Dave P
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Very expensive, dirty and no friendly service; well no service period actually. Poor animals in filthy water.

3  Thank VLF236
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This zoo offers a couple of shows, where they show what the dolphins and other watercreatures are capable of without being a freak circus. Great for kids and adults as well.

1  Thank MissKuper1980
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

What I really like is that the animals in this establishment are taken care of. Twice a day a dolphin show which is themed in a fairy tale story. Brilliant spectacle. Apart from that there are plenty other attractions and nicely pointed out on the flyer at the entrance. Without discrimination I did feel that the amount of wheel chair visitors where to much, and off course they are privileged to enter show areas first. Maybe it was just for that day. However, if you close by, do go here, unforgettable day!

1  Thank Travelindar1973
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