Lisbon's aquarium seems to rise from the water
Not only is this one of the largest aquariums in the world, it's also one of the best designed, and, according to traveler reviews, the world’s favorite. It was created for the World Fair that took place in Lisbon in 1998, and was the first aquarium to show all ocean habitats in one single space.
The aquarium has a number of rare marine species
The over 25,000 sea creatures seem to be swimming together, but sharks are separated from smaller defenseless fish by invisible acrylic walls. There are several marine species, such as the curious round stingrays, the very rare gigantic sunfish, seahorses, otters and penguins. In an annex inaugurated in 2011 are sea turtles, and sardines have their own tank since 2017.
The Oceanário is a great family attraction
The original building rises from the river, and was designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff. It houses the main tank, which holds as much water as four Olympic-sized swimming pools and can be seen from four levels, where high-tech displays explain everything in different languages.
The annex from 2011 houses sea turtles
Surrounding the building outside, on the cobblestone pavement, is a number of sea monsters.
The cobblestone "sea monsters" around the aquarium
How to Get to the Oceanarium
The Oceanarium is a short walk from Oriente Station, which is on the red line of the metro.
You may ride the metro (as well as the city’s buses, trams, funiculars, and trains) for free with the Lisboa Card.
Doca dos Olivais, Parque das Nações
Admission and Tickets to the Oceanarium
Children under the age of 3 are free, tickets for those between the ages of 3 and 12 are €13, and for everyone over 13 it’s €19.
There’s also a family ticket (two adults and two children under 13) for €50. The Lisboa Card offers a 15% discount.
You may buy your ticket online: Skip the Line: Oceanario de Lisboa Entrance Ticket
It opens every day.
From the Oceanarium, take the boardwalk over the river or the cable cars above it to the Vasco da Gama Tower, and walk from there through Parque do Tejo to Vasco da Gama Bridge.
Across from Oriente Station is the Vasco da Gama shopping mall, which has a good food court. A few steps from there is the Lisbon Casino.