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Oceanarium, Bournemouth

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Zoo / Aquarium
Explore the great bodies of water around the globe at Oceanarium, which features ten recreated environments, including the Amazon, Key West, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. This site is home to the world’s first Interactive Dive Cage, submerging visitors in a 270-degree virtual view of the ocean. Take advantage of the aquarium’s interactive touch technology to come up close to computer-generated sea creatures, such as dolphins, green sea turtles, clownfish, piranhas, octopuses, manta rays, and sharks. This unique underwater experience features an encounter with a blue whale that swallows the entire cage, taking visitors on a journey through its fascinating digestive system. Tickets are valid all day long, with nine daily feeding presentations and many other special activities included. Using our custom trip planner, Bournemouth attractions like Oceanarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This place is okay for under 6s I would say. But it is very small and cramped. I came away feeling sad for the animals to be honest, especially the penguins.  more »
  • The Oceanarium is a delight, esp if you have children as they will be entertained for hours all day long. There is simply so much to see. Every year there is something new. Also worth bearing in mind ...  more »
  • Although not a particularly large place, there is plenty to see. From penguin, otters, pirhanas, an iguana, starfish to the big main tank with the 2 turtles there is something for everyone. Feeding ti...  more »
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  • Great aquarium. Nice and clean with a lot to see. Very well laid out and it also has an excellent soft play type area where parents can sit and watch the penguins dive while children play. The cafe is good although does get VERY busy so don't rely on it for lunch/coffee. Best place to park is the BIC multistory car park which is a short walk away (pay and display or app so take change!!).
  • Have an adventurous day with family. All sorts of sea creatures to see. There is souvenirs shop and coffee shop. This place have lifts to wheelchair access. Good place to spend time with family.
  • Not the best aquarium i've been too, but the kids still love it. The Penguins are great though, and also the two new turtles they have. The under water tunnel is not very give, and they could have done with more salt water fish displays. If you are local you may also be able to get a discount on particular days.
  • Lovely little Aquarium, they've fitted a lot in to a small space. Not too pricey, especially if you book online in advance. Good cafe and shop, although a bit of a squash on a busy day. Lifts for wheelchairs and buggies, also a buggy park area. Right next to the beach for a bit of playtime afterwards!
  • Great for small kids and nice enough for adults. We (a couple of 30-year olds) entertained ourselves for about an hour or two. Nice to visit once.