For those of you looking to explore another exciting world the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth couldn’t be a better place to start! The attraction is situated close to Portsmouth’s fantastic seafront in Southsea, overlooking the Solent. It offers a host of exciting underwater creatures, fish and other species to view as well as a huge amount to do for all the family from tots to teenagers. If you’re in Portsmouth don’t miss out on this marvellous day out or why not plan a special visit and head down South for some underwater fun?
Prepare to be amazed because you should expect to see up to 50 different sea creature varieties. If you’re lucky you’ll see Dart frogs, octopus, sharks, sea horses, turtles, terrapins, crabs, otters, starfish, giant carps and even more. There’s a spectacular spacious underwater viewing tunnel where you can really get close to these magnificent creatures and see them going about their day. All the species have informative plaques close by so you can learn interesting facts on each and the enthusiastic staff are always on hand to answer any questions and share their insightful knowledge.
At the Blue Reef Aquarium you’ll find there are plenty of exhibitions and events planned throughout the year designed to delight and engage children. If you want to know more about dates and times contact the attraction direct and you could join in special pirate weekends or shark week where the focus is on these incredible creatures. On the day of your visit expect plenty of activities such as fossil finding where children are actively encouraged to dig for their own fossils, if they’re lucky enough to find one they can also take it home as a souvenir. Most weeks, you’ll find something extraordinary happening at the aquarium, whether it’s an informative talk, a special display or feeding time there’s always something extra for everyone to enjoy.
While you’re at the aquarium make sure you don’t miss the Asian otter enclosure where these inquisitive creatures frolic and delight all the visitors with their crazy antics. Children also get to stroke some of the different varieties including the crabs and starfish. In fact, children are thoroughly looked after during their visit, each one is given their own activity sheet to fill in while on their aquarium journey and all the answers are close by each of the species so there’s a superb educational element. Hopefully, everyone who visits, child or adult comes home armed with interesting facts they never knew before. There are plenty of feeding demonstrations throughout the day so children (and adults) will really get to grips with how the different species are fed and watch them enjoy their lunch. For hungry visitors the Blue Reef Café is situated right outside the aquarium and the chips are second to none although you won’t see any of the species having their lunch in there!
The attraction is ideal whatever the weather and there’s a brilliant outdoor area overlooking the stunning Solent available for all to enjoy once you’ve completed the Aquarium. You’ll find a delightful pebble beach, a picnic area, the Blue Reef Café, a grassed decking area complete with comfy sun loungers – just perfect for some R and R. The children will especially enjoy the splash pool, giant pebbles to clamber on and bring their buckets and spades because there’s a sandy beach which kids absolutely adore.
You should aim to spend at least two hours inside the Blue Reef Aquarium but make sure you set aside an extra hour to enjoy the outdoor area – especially worthwhile if you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day. Whatever the weather it’s the ideal family trip and when planning your visit, it’s a good idea to do this in advance. The tickets can be bought on the door, prices are adults £10.50, children age 3 to 12 £8.25 and a family ticket (for four) £35.50. However, you can easily save on the admission price by downloading the kids go free voucher (or £2 off) right here. Use the extra cash to spend it in the aquarium’s gift shop which is a haven of goodies and treats all related to underwater life. There are cuddly toys, sweet treats and inexpensive souvenirs to remember your day at the Blue Reef Aquarium.
Furthermore, for young fish enthusiasts there’s a special fish-keeper day which is bookable in advance. Budding aquarists are well-looked after by a senior aquarist who takes them on an in-depth tour of the aquarium and the children get to help prepare feeding time for the different species. They will also enjoy lunch and refreshments throughout the day and go behind the scenes to see the other work the aquarium carries out.
All in all, the aquarium offers everything you could want in a fishy day out – from spectacular viewing tunnels to handling some of the creatures and even enjoying the outdoor areas close to the sea itself. It’s an unmissable opportunity to see underwater creatures as you’ve never seen them before!