We do love aquariums and the underwater world ...on the other hand we always end up feeling just a little bit sad that these wonderful creatures are behind glass to be viewed...
With over 50 aquariums and 2500 thinghs to see it is a worthwhile day out.
I would advise tickets to be bought before hand on the internet as it saves E5 per ticket and can save you a long time in the queue .
There are snacks and drinks available on site but the cost is inflated so beware
A very nice place to visit. You may see many fishes and other sea animals. I even could caress a shark. Nice. And the animals are kept good and correct, they have even a seal clinic and an elevation of hyppocampuses.
Great place to spend an afternoon. (Even if it cannot be compared with the two oceans center in Cape Town...)
The sepentarium is not for the squeamish..there are an amazing array of spiders and snakes and lizards and all manner of the creepy and the crawly...we enjoyed it although we understood that msot of the creatures there would not be there except for the stupidity of people who bought them ( mostly illegally) to keep as a pet...before they realised how difficult and expensive and time consuming these exotics can be..better left in the wild than in your back room...
Tickets are slightly expensive at E10 for the short visit but as previously mentioned these creatures cost a lot to keep..the heating bill alone would be enough to make a grown man cry.
The Pier at Blankenberge is quite a long one at 350 meters to promenade up and down and after you have promenaded to the end joy oh joy there is a cafe with plenty of seating and a toilet there...
You get a good view of the beach ansd sea in both directions from down there and I feel they could do a lot more with all that space at the end...all the way along the center of the pier there is also seating in a kind of windbreak style .
There is also the opportunity to hire out this pier for your private event such as a wedding or a conference or a party.
modern architecture of the Casino building.
Table games , 18 tables
American Roulette , 12 tables
Blackjack , 6 tables
Casino Stud Poker , 1 tables
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A place somewhat creepy, but very interesting is the Reptilian House. They have a huge collection of living snakes and spiders,
I'm not sure, I dislike the idea of putting an animal in a cage, but it is really interesting to see...
The fauna and flora of the Northsea is more than the existance of jellyfishes
Get acquainted with the sea lions stealing the show and the heart of every visitor, and this at the outside bath. At the innerside, walk through a tunnel (10m) and get fascinated by sea life above, under and beside your head. You will have a look at sharks, sting-rays and turtles.
Next to the centre, same entrance, there is a minigolf field - with 18 holes - in a scénary of pirates and Captain Hook (extra fee - €3)
In addition to the many "closed" aquariums, there is also a wonderful "touch tank", a place where you can literately touch some species of fish like the ray
Furthermore you will find scientific displays, a few outdoor play areas for children, a cafeteria.
(BTW the only warm food is a super large hot dog with ketchup, cost € 3 - haha)
During feeding time of the animals (Otters, seals, sea lions and pinguins you will get some animated explanation and questions like :
- How to recognize a male/female crab ?
- The difference between a seal and a seal lion ?
The Eurasian Otter is the only species found in Europe and its population is very depleted. In some western countries it has become extinct.
Classic question : a seal, is it living at the north- or southpole. Yes you are partially right - the southpole - but in fact you will find seals at the southern atmosphere. I saw some species in South Africa, some in Argentina and of course the Galagapos. For this reason, don't be surprised to find seals in an area where palmtrees are growing aswell.
Blankenburg is the most popular seaside resort on the Flemish coast. The beach can be reached very easily from the city centre after a short walk of 10 minutes through the main pedestrian shopping street of the city. The beach is about 3.3 Km long and 350 m wide at ebb tide. Looking east is the Sea Life Centre which houses several large tanks containing marine life, visitors are also able to walk through a glass tunnel below a large tank containing sharks.
On the Western side of the beach is the yacht-harbour. This large basin used to be the fisher harbor of Blankenberge. But this changed last century - after the last worldwar it became a yacht-harbour for middle sized boats. ( text from the tourist info brochure )
Aquariums have come a long way since the first SEA LIFE centre opened its doors on the banks of picturesque Loch Creran in the West Highlands of Scotland in 1979.
The Sea Life Centre in Blankenberge was founded in 1998 and it's main goal is to save sick seals stranded on the belgian coast. Last year 230 seals were saved. The cost for surgery per animal is € 2500 and in this sense an entrance price of € 15.50 is acceptable, having in mind that you help the Centre and the seals.
But keep in mind that the station is in first place a clinique and research centre (seahorse breeding) and not an amusement park. Although visiting this station with children is having a good time
The Sea Life Park isn't in the city center, but you can reach it easily with the little train starting on the promenade (if you're too lazy to walk).
It's a nice place to visit with your family or evenalone. There are all kind of animals living in the sea ... do I have to say that ?
Much like the other SeaLife centres in Britain, the Netherlands etc. I haven't got a photo from it, but trust me, it's worth a visit, especially if you've got children (as there is also a nice playground). There are aquariums and an outdoor bit with otters and seals and you can see the seals being fed. There is also a seal sanctuary. My favourites are as ever, the seahorses and here you get to see them in a sort of magnifying way which is great. You can also pet the rays in their tank :-)
I cannot say that much since it was undergoing refurbishment when we left Belgium and I think and hope that it has now opened in a much nicer state. In our time, it had some arcade games and a bar with a great seaview and equally great Belgian beer :-)))