The Interactive Aquarium of Cancun is an aquarium and marine life centre known for its dolphin and wildlife encounters. Located within Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the aquarium is adjacent to La Isla Shopping Village on Kukulcan Boulevard. The aquarium houses over 1,000 aquatic species across touch pools, tanks, and habitats. Tickets to the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun are priced reasonably for their basic tours and programmes, with additional activities and encounters priced separately.

This aquarium intrigues visitors of all ages, especially holidaymakers and families that have children. Visitors frequently spend up to an hour exploring the center’s themed spaces, and they may stay longer depending on their interest in the aquarium’s shows, programmes, and entertainment options. The Interactive Aquarium of Cancun is wheelchair accessible and includes accessible facilities for those with disabilities. You’ll find the aquarium easily accessible via Cancun’s bus lines, and by car, with on-site parking available at La Isla Shopping Village.

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What are the highlights of the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun?

At the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun, you’ll find habitats ranging from marine and freshwater species of fish to invertebrates, reptiles, sea mammals, and rays. An Interactive Zone provides children with hands-on experiences and interactive activities that focus on learning through play. In the aquarium’s auditorium, you can watch films and educational videos, or get up close to varieties of marine life in interactive touch pools.

Additional experiences available at the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun include an underwater Aquarium Trek, where you’ll submerge completely in a large tank of vibrant fish species. On this Aquarium Trek, you’ll don a futuristic helmet, allowing you to keep your head dry and breathe underwater without the aid of a mouthpiece. Dolphin experiences put you in the water with these charismatic and clever creatures, for an unforgettable memory.

Where to eat and shop near the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun

La Isla Shopping Village is conveniently adjacent to the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun, and it is a spacious open-air shopping complex. Within the shopping centre, you’ll find a wide variety of brand-name shops and local boutiques, along with casual dining options and family entertainment spots. Several of the restaurants in La Isla Shopping Centre also offer waterfront dining.

Additional points of interest near the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun include the Cancun Wax Museum, La Gran Rueda Cancun Ferris wheel, and Casino Macao. The aquarium is also within walking distance of the ruins of Yamil Lu’um, an ancient Mayan temple overlooking the beach. A little further south you’ll find Playa Marlin, a beautiful white sand beach with bright turquoise waters and family-friendly facilities.

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Good to know when visiting the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun

Facilities at the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun include lockers, dressing rooms, showers, and towels, as needed for those participating in water and wildlife activities. Dolphin experiences are appropriate for all ages, including children over 3 feet tall, and can accommodate visitors with disabilities. Those requiring accommodation should contact the aquarium before booking, to ensure the best service.

If you’re interested in one of the unique dolphin experiences offered by the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun, locals recommend booking in advance, as this is a popular family activity. Those who have booked a dolphin experience will receive complimentary transport service from the area’s hotels. Life jackets are also provided for all participants in the dolphin programmes at the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun.

Interactive Aquarium of Cancun

Location: Blvd. Kukulcan 12.5, La Isla, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

Phone: +52 998-883-1773