"Sit and hum as you watch the kelp forest sway" Top 5 Page for this destination Two Oceans Aquarium Tip by CatherineReichardt
Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town: 25 reviews and 52 photos
The Two Oceans aquarium is quite simply the best aquarium I've ever visited, and is a brilliant way to entertain young and old for a couple of hours - always a good backstop option if the weather turns nasty.
The design is fantastic, and, for me, the highlight is the two storey kelp forest display where you can sit mesmerised for hours (or you could, provided that you didn't have two overexcited little people tugging on your sleeve to go and explore the next delight!)
The displays are well thought out and excellently presented, with just the right level of information. I could stand and watch exhibits such as the tidal pool (which constantly ebbs and flows) for hours, and the kids adore the 'touch and feel' pool (whose staff never fail to amaze me with their unfailing patience and enthusiasm). There are also excellent microscope displays, which allow you to examine the sort of fine detail that you usually don't get to appreciate: this time, I was enchanted to watch barnacles using their protruding legs to trawl for tiny shrimp
On the upper level, there is an interesting shoreline exhibit complete with penguins and other marine birds, which leads into (somewhat less interesting) smaller displays of different sections of a river. There is also the obligatory tunnel through the main aquarium, complete with rays, sharks and turtles.
Another drawcard is the children's area on the lowermost level, where there are always craft-based activities and colouring, as well as a range of books and puzzles. It's a brilliant place for little ones to let off steam for a few minutes before renewing their onslaught on the main aquarium!
Your hand is stamped with a UV stamp when you enter, so you can exit and re-enter for the entire day. This is a great arrangement, as you can break your visit for a breath of fresh air or lunch elsewhere in the V&A Waterfront complex, and then return at your leisure.
Address: V&A Waterfront
Phone: +27 21 418 3823
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