Lisbon Aquarium (Oceanarium)
The Oceanarium is a big attraction. It is like no other with 180,000 cubic feet tank holding over 450 species of fish, marine mammals and birds, it is certainly worth several hours of the visitor’s time. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe.
The exhibits cover every major ocean on the planet, with an Atlantic Ocean exhibit, an Arctic tank, a tropical Indian Ocean habitat, and tanks housing species from the Pacific. One unique resident is a sunfish, a species rarely kept in aquariums because it is so difficult to care for, also Includes penguins, sea turtles gliding through the water and darkened tanks lit by fluorescent jellyfish.
Lisbon is still recognized as a perfect city for strolling with children.
The Lisbon Aquarium opened doors back in 1998 and is probably one of the best legacies left by the Expo 98. It is a public aquarium and receives annually about one million visitors.
Be aware that driving in Portugal is not the easiest of things, especially in the middle of the city. The Oceanário, however, is located in a renewed part of Lisbon, which is conveniently prolific in signage.
If arriving from the North: Take the A1 or CRIL South and follow the signs to “Ponte Vasco da Gama”, “Eixo Norte/Sul” or “2ª circular”. Exit to “Expo 98”. Follow Av. Marechal Gomes da Costa down to the waterfront and park.
If arriving from the West (e.g. Cascais, Sintra): Follow Av. Infante D. Henrique until it turns 90 degrees left (i.e. North). DO NOT turn left, take exit to the right and park in Parque das Nações. (See Parking instructions below)
GPS N 38º 45′ 48,61” W 9º 5′ 37,62”
TICKETS, Permanent Exhibit
- 0 to 3 years – Free
- 4 to 12 years – 9,00€
- 13 to 64 years – 14,00€
- + 65 years – 9,00€
- Family * – 36,00€