Lisbon is more than statues and gardens.  That’s what the locals say. But what if you have children?  Children don’t like walking through streets, everybody knows that.  My kids like seeing fish, in all sizes and colours. So we visited the oceanarium of Lisbon, located at Parque das Nacoes and which is one of the largest oceanariums in the world.  

Rog oceanarium Lissabon
Rog oceanarium Lissabon

When you arrive you see a very modern building, which has the design of an aircraft carrier.  My son is already very enthusiastic! Before entering, you need to cross a big bridge over the water where you, if you are lucky, can already see some jellyfish in there.   When you passed the entrance, you see immediately a big tank with a lot of different fish, from a small cuttlefish to a big shark. This tank represents the open ocean. During the visit you visit four habitats, the north atlantic rocky coast, the tropical indian coral reefs, the antarctic coastal line and the temperate pacific kelp forest, each with their different fauna and flora.  

Lelijke vis, oceanarium Lissabon
Lelijke vis, oceanarium Lissabon

Even though we visited the oceanarium on a public holiday, it was not too crowded.  It’s also perfect to do on a very hot day, because the whole area is air-conditioned… The visit takes about 2 hours.  You can also take a guided tour, this will take of course a little bit longer. The price of a visit for adults is acceptable, 16 EUR/pp and for children 13 EUR (prices 2017).

When you leave the oceanarium, you can take a trip for 3 EUR/pp in the telecabine, which brings you from the oceanarium to the tower of Vasco da Gama.  You will have a very nice view over the Tagus river and Parque das Nacoes, built for the Expo 98.

Lissabon oceanarium Nemo
Lissabon oceanarium Nemo

More info: https://www.oceanario.pt/

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