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Oceanarium, Bournemouth

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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. Put Oceanarium at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bournemouth online attractions planner .
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  • The penguins by far are the best show to watch and the jelly fish. the otters would have been interesting if they were awake. great for smaller kids but not enough interactive elements or things to ke...  more »
  • Visited and i was impressed.otters are brilliant to see.shark tunnell is great.recommended visit.central to Bournemouth.  more »
  • I think this is one of the he best estimate oceanariums I have been to, if I had a negative it would be the glass in the tunnel was badly scratched so made it hard work to get a good photo  more »
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  • Great value for the price and the perfect size to keep a toddler interested. Great location by the beach with easy parking at the BIC. They have a cafe and souvenir shop and a souvenir penny machine at the end. Discounts are available if you buy tickets online in advance and you can even buy you meal from the cafe at the same time. You'll get a stamp on your hand so you can come in and out all day. You'll be given a list of feeding times on entry. There is also a little booklet you can pick up at the bottom on the entrance stairs with questions for kinds to answer. If you decide you want a season ticket they are very reasonably priced and you can upgrade your day ticket to a season ticket. There are 3 types of season ticket depending on what days you want to be able to go.
  • A great day out right in the middle of a bustling tourist town. Lots of wonderful tanks packed with information about the fish, a reptile section, beautiful and playful otters, even a bird enclosure you can walk through. If you're local an annual ticket is well worth it, though it's by calendar year so best to buy early on. Cafe quite expensive, not very tidy and rather small. The snack bar is far better, with friendlier staff and a small children's play area.
  • Wonderful ! A wide range of animals that are well cared for. The displays are bright, interesting and the talks are informative. There is a shop and restaurant in the building. All areas are accessible to all via lifts where necessary. Well worth a visit and tickets allow all day access.
  • Me and my boyfriend visited very recently whilst on holiday and enjoyed ourselves. The staff are friendly, and there's plenty of feeding times for many of the different animals such as Otters, Penguins, e.t.c throughout the day. Additionally, they stamp your hand which means you can come and go all day, which for a price of £10.50 or something close to that you can't argue. However, I would say that this place is definitely more for kids than adults, but in a way that's a given :) All in all I would recommend coming here for something to do for an hour or two.
  • Been to many aquariums and I can say far and away this one was the best so far and that is mainly because of the happy, healthy animals and fish! Good sized exhibits with lovely specimens, we went round twice and were mesmerised by the turtles and sturgeons. The penguins and terns were cheeky and entertaining. Amazingly large axolotls and beautiful catfish, just to mention a few of my favourites. Cheaper than your average aquarium and well worth it.

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