Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney

(4/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Immerse yourself in an underwater world at Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, an award-winning aquarium dedicated to improving the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Walk among the blue waters showcasing a vast array of different marine animals including wolf eels, jellyfish, rockfish, a giant Pacific octopus, and hundreds of other creatures. Look through the microscopes to observe tiny marine organisms or feel the skin of a sea urchin in the touch pool. Tours here offer a variety of games and activities to keep kids entertained as they learn about the marine ecosystem. Put Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sidney itinerary planner.
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  • If you're looking for something different to do with the family I highly recommend the Shaw Ocean center. Not only is it fun but you will learn about the ocean's ecosystems, see amazing ocean creature...  more »
  • I was impressed by the beauty and variety of ocean life here. It is a very relaxing place as everything is either waving at you or moving slowly! Kids (and I) loved putting our heads inside a round aq...  more »
  • I took the kids I nanny for here and they loved it. Lots of different creatures and things to see and touch. Very hands on and very beautiful. 
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  • Great set up. Well done. Not too long but a great part of a day in Sidney. Kids loved it. Lots of interesting things for the adults.
  • Very beautiful aquarium, if surprisingly small. This aquarium has a stunning array of tanks displaying diverse aquatic flora and fauna of nearby waters. The octopus is a highlight, so if you don't spot it, make sure to ask one of the friendly interpreters for help. I definitely wish it was bigger, but they're doing amazing things with the space they have.
  • This place it really fun. The kids love trying to count all the jelly fish. There is also a touch pool where the kids can go and touch the different star fish and sea cucumbers. This is a must SEA attraction.
  • Lots of interesting animal life from the Salish Sea. I definitely recommend checking out the touch tables to experience some of the local sea life first hand. There are a variety of jelly fish in different shapes sizes and colors, urchins, starfish, salmon, and more.
  • I love taking the kids and vistitors here. Always a great learning experience. The touch tanks are the best!