Looking for the hidden gems of the world!
- Living in Dandenong ranges Australia
Published June 10th 2016
Holy shrimp This is fintastic
The Melbourne Aquarium offers a great day out for young kids. With their interactive and educational displays from starfish to penguins, the aquarium has it all. Grab a stamp card when purchasing your tickets and collect all stamps to collect a prize throughout your time at the aquarium for your own unique souvenir. However during the time I visited, I found a few stamp machines out of order leaving me a few short on my stamp card and disappointed.
Each display has fun facts and information on the animals, and throughout the aquarium are displays targeting the main environmental issues in the ocean, to educate all ages on how we can prevent these issues. I thought this was great for not only Australians to read but our tourists too, so they are able to spread the word when they get home.
The aquarium is great for kids who enjoy a hands on experience with no additional cost, unlike zoo visits. Let your children touch starfish and sea creatures in the interactive display, or for those who are artsy, colour your fish and scan it into the computer to watch it swim by with everyone else's fish on a huge projector display. Even though I am 18 I thought this was the coolest thing of the whole aquarium!
If you wish to get an even more hands on experience, or something special for an animal lovers birthday, there are many different experiences on offer. A glass bottom boat tour or behind the scenes tour will allow you to get those close up photos and experiences you will never forget. If you'd like an adrenaline rush, try the shark dive. For those looking for something more tame try the 45 minute tour into the penguin enclosure or a 'day in the life as an aquarist'. These experiences are great for those wanting to get close to the animals without travelling to the Gold Coast for Seaworld.
The aquarium is a great day out for all ages and is wheelchair/pram friendly with ramps and elevators readily available. Purchasing tickets online will give you a discount and eliminate your time spent in a queue.