Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, Balloch

2.6
#3 of 7 in Parks in West Dunbartonshire
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Visit sharks, octopuses, otters, stingray, and more at Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium. Touch crabs and starfish at the interactive rock pool. Meet the only giant sea turtle in Scotland. Walk through the Ocean Tunnel to see Scotland's largest selection of sharks. Take in the talent of some of Scotland's top artists in the art gallery. Check online for shark, otter, seahorse, and turtle feeding times and to book discounted tickets. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium by using our Balloch tourist route planner.
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  • We went today as two adults, partly due to the discount we got from the Bird of Prey centre. The sea-life centre is quite expensive but with the discount was reasonably priced. The aquarium is just th...  more »
  • Not the biggest aquarium but had a good variety of sea life and a walk through tunnel. It is well worth booking online, even on the same day of the visit, for a discount.  more »
  • This is the best aquarium that we've ever visited. Stunning environments and friendly, knowledgeable staff. And the fish, sharks and turtle are real stars!!  more »
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  • Lovely little aquarium, a little steep to get in price wise for the size, some families seemed to be trooping through in less than an hour easily. We stayed a long time and enjoyed all of the animal feedings and talking with the knowledgeable staff. The upper level cafe is worth visiting simply to enjoy the views.
  • This is a truly spectacular place to visit. Regardless of whether you are looking to go there with kids or you want to learn something yourself about the different types of sea life in the Scottish lochs. My advice would be to buy the tickets only and in advance as you will save over 30% off the door price. The aquarium itself is great - you are led through different chambers and can see a multitude of different species of fishes. It is beautifully laid out with different fishes presented in different ways. One of the highlights is no doubt the fish tank at the end of the visit where you walk through a tunnel underneath a huge fish tank and you can see all the different a fishes, sharks, eels and a massive tortoise. It is a great place to visit, the kids are given a quiz that has them whizzing around the aquarium to find the answers. There is a cafe for a break and some snacks as well as a viewing point which allows for truly spectacular views across Loch Lomond.
  • Been here a few times over the years and each time I leave with the same feelings. Disappointment and wondering why we keep coming back. The disappointment comes from the fact that its not that great of an aquarium... Its all getting a bit run down, there isn't any flow from one exhibit to another, the interpretation and information isn't great, and what there is is all crammed onto the ground floor. For what you get, its quite an expensive visit, that at best lasts an hour. Try to book your tickets online as there is usually a discount on the website. So why the multiple visits, well, the otters for one... And the rather small underwater tunnel, plus, its a good fallback activity for rainy days.
  • Absolutely brilliant place! Lots of things to see great staff we thoroughly enjoyed our visit!
  • Growing up I frequented the second largest aquarium in the United States so my expectations of this a small aquarium or low when I went in. I was glad that I was incorrect and that this aquarium was really fun especially for my young daughter. Comparing the two aquariums this one seems more child-friendly than the one I went to as a kid. The tanks and exhibits seem to be lower than the ones at the other aquarium which seem to be more geared towards adults. I highly recommend attending this if you have a free afternoon it doesn't take too long and if you have kids they will absolutely adore it.

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