The main draw here is the Oceanari, a giant shark-infested tank traversed via a glass tunnel on a slow-moving conveyor belt. Other aquaria house shoals of kaleidoscopic fish where kids can play 'hunt Nemo'. The upstairs section is devoted to children. For pre-schoolers, Explora! has 50 knobs-and-whistles–style activities, such as turning a crank to see how ducks' feet move underwater or climbing inside a mini-submarine. Older children should head to Planet Aqua – an extraordinary, split-level circular space with Humboldt penguins. There are plenty of activities and experiences as well, the highlight among them being shark experiences, including diving with sharks (inside or outside a cage), and kids can sleep overnight in the Aquarium to see how the fish and sharks sleep and wake up. Family activities include workshops, games, guided visit and crafts. And don't miss the feeding times where you can see the animals and fish gobble up their meals.
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- Moll d'Espanya, s/n
- Ciutat Vella
- Drassanes (M: L3)
- €18-€20 adults; ages 5-10 €13-€15; ages 3-4 €6.50-€7; free under-3s
- Opening hours:
- Jan-Mar: Mon-Fri 10am-7.30pm; Sat, Sun 10am-8pm. Apr, May: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat, Sun 10am-8.30pm. Jun: Daily 10am-9pm. Jul, Aug: 10am-9.30pm. Sep: Daily 10am-9pm. Oct: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat, Sun 10am-8.30pm. Nov: Mon-Fri 10am-7.30pm; Sat, Sun 10am-8pm. Dec: Daily 10am-7.30pm or 8pm. Check website for detailed timetable.
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