Sea Life Centre, Blackpool
The Sea Life Centre holds the largest shark display in Europe. You walk through a glass tunnel where the sharks are swimming all around you and over your head. There is also a rock pool where you can have hands on experience with some of the species.
Opening time is 10..00 daily (Except Christmas Day)
Family ticket £20.00
The Sea Life Centre is a place I recommend with mixed emotions. While it does have a great walkthrough shark tank which should awe adults and children alike, I still feel that its not right to keep these fish locked up like this. Since I’ve become a scuba diver I prefer to see fish in their natural environment, not shoved into a small glassed box with too many other fish. This really struck home after seeing the tank of lionfish, a fish I’d seen in the Red Sea only 6 months previously. We saw two on our whole dive and here were 9 forced to share the space of this small tank.
However the Centre is a good learning environment for children, hopefully teaching them to respect and care for the worlds oceans' and creatures.
Entrance is about £5.50 but it becomes cheaper if you go after 4pm ( I think it was after 4pm anyway) I only paid about £3.
In the many attractions that line seafront, this aquarium announcing more than 2000 animals in 50 displays must be interesting, but, having visited many other (good) aquariums throughout the world, and traveling without children, this time, I was not tempted. Furthermore, prices (more than 12 €) are not cheap - I know, feeding and maintaining fishes is expensive, but...
One of the attractions that we didn't enter was Sea Life. It is big and it seems to be well conceived, but, with a group of adult dancers, it didn't become a priority. Located facing the sea. it must be, for sure, a great idea for families
A GREAT TRIP FOR THE LITTLE-UNS AND FAMILIES ALIKE. A good learning experience on sharks , marine life and all elements of the sea in one place.