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Lisbon Oceanarium, Lisbon

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See more than 450 species of marine life at the biggest indoor aquarium in Europe, Lisbon Oceanarium. Peter Chermayeff designed this massive oceanarium, which opened to the public in 1998, so visitors could learn about native and foreign flora, fauna, and wildlife. View more than 16,000 creatures, including sunfish, penguins, birds, sea otters, sharks, jellyfish, and rays. You'll also find activities for children of all ages. Take a guided tour, participate in a workshop, or sleep overnight with the sharks. For Lisbon Oceanarium and beyond, use our Lisbon vacation builder to get the most from your Lisbon vacation.
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  • Me and my Family were very much amazed by the top experience we had, starting from the quality of the facilities and ending at the variety of species displayed. If one is at Lisbon, oceanario is the p...  more »
  • One of the best places to visit! It is peaceful, beautiful and magnificent. A must see if you visit Lisbon. Great experience all round.  more »
  • Best aquarium I have ever visited. Wait for a spot near the large glass window on the lowest level then sit down right next to it and enjoy the view. All of the many varieties of fish are in constant ...  more »
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  • Beautiful aquarium! I love how everything is centered around one huge tank that you can view at different levels, it's truly amazing. I think we spend at least 30 minutes sitting on a bench and staring at all the beautiful fish. You can also find penguins, otters, turtles and sea birds at other parts. It's definitely worth a visit if you love sea life and if you have kids. They will love it!
  • It's a great place to visit with family. You can learn a lot and schedule many educational events for organisations like scouts and schools. You can have a good meal there. The downside is the price, it's always getting more and more expensive!
  • Quite a nice aquarium. I went with a group of friends aged 26-35 and we enjoyed it quite a bit, although I think the most joy will come from families with kids. There weren't as many exotic creatures as I have seen at other aquariums, but all of the standard animals (including fish, mammals, and birds, etc), and I think the pricing was reasonable. The curators of the aquarium did a good job of including multiple regions/climates and creating a bit of an experiential habitat.
  • Excellent place, very well organized, scientificaly solid. Aquarium is huge and very well done. Truly worth a visit especially if you are with kids. Plan to spend at least 3-4 hours there. Special exhibit is nice place to visit to relax and clear your mind. Use city bus to get there or metro - though you will need to walk about 1 km from metro station to Oceanarium.
  • Fun and educational, great for families. Worth the 18€ adult fee for entry (15 permanent, 3 temp exhibit). Beautiful Marine animals, peaceful. You need about 3hrs if you do both the permanent and temporary exhibits; about 2.5 for just the permanent.

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