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City of the Arts and Sciences, Valencia
(3.8/5 based on 8,500+ reviews on the web)
Many visitors come to the city expressly for City of the Arts and Sciences, an eye-catching cultural and architectural site that’s home to a science museum, opera house, planetarium, IMAX movie theater, and open-air oceanographic park, the largest such aquarium in Europe. Built in the 1990s at the end of the former riverbed of the Turia River, the futuristic complex was designed by renowned architects Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela. The principal building, housing the science museum, is filled with hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Attendants can help you find your way around, or leave you alone to enjoy the displays at your own pace. Once you’ve had your fill of exhibits and jostling crowds, enjoy a stroll through the site’s gardens, featuring hundreds of plant species indigenous to this area. Visitors curious to learn the stories behind all the buildings in this giant complex are encouraged to book a guided walking tour. Plan your City of the Arts and Sciences visit and explore what else you can see and do in Valencia using our Valencia family vacation planner.
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  • The pictures don't do it justice! A must visit! With the Sun or evening water effects are spectacular, night lights designed to perfection! Unfortunately I only visited outside. I'll be back!
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  • The architecture and the whole complex is just magnificent. Entry ticket is of rather reasonable too. Many interesting exhibitions. Only downside is many of the displays were not working. 
  • The complex is beautiful on the outside. We visited the science museum. I was a bit disappointed. Many machines were out of order. We went on a Saturday and it was crowded. It is a nice place to visit...  more »