This is a wonderful experience for everyone in the whole family. Fascinating to learn so much in a visually stunning and entertaining display.
The Shaw Discovery center is one Wow after another. The glass water filled displays provide endless interest. In between are fun learning opportunities. It is equally interesting for four to 84 year olds. The location, on Sidney's pristine waterfront, is hard to top.
We highly recommend a visit to the Shaw Ocean centre if you are on the island. It is five minutes from the airport. Allow an hour. It is a terrific experience for adults and children alike. It was wonderful to learn about the sea life inhabiting the nearby waters. We saw creatures we never saw before. Be prepared to be... More
Firstly, apologies for a lengthy delay (over a year - oops!) in posting a review on your delightful aquarium. As other reviews have said, it's not the biggest, flashiest fishy place ever but what it lacks in size it makes up for it in many other ways. The staff on duty when we were with you were very knowledgeable and... More
A fun way to spend an hour or two exploring what's in the ocean around us. It is really well laid out with lots of informed and helpful staff. The sea stars, jelly fish, and other sea life were so colourful. Too bad the octopus was sleeping. The touching ponds at the end were neat.
This is a very small aquarium, and as such, should not be so over-priced. It is over almost as soon as it has begun. The staff was mildly interested in the guests, and even then, only grudgingly. The gift shop staff seemed more interested in the view outside than the customers inside.
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre gives value to your experience with learning about the sea a priority that goes hand in hand with fun for the whole family!
Well hello there SidneyHotel, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! You've been a such a great supporter of the aquarium in so many ways, we appreciate you taking the time to put your comments down in writing as well! We think that one of the best things about being in Sidney is being surrounded by world-class businesses run... More
This could be considered a "boutique" aquarium based on it's size and quality. It is lots of fun for kids and adults. The displays are beautifully maintained and the sea creatures are all wonderful. Don's miss the octopus released and replaced every few months) and the touching pool. All considered, it is a wonderful way to spend a couple of... More
Hi catladyPortland_OR, Thank you so much for visiting us here at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre! Even though your name is 'cat lady', we would argue that, based on your fantastic review, 'fish lady' might be a more accurate title. Maybe 'catfish lady'? Well, we'll leave it up to you. And not only would we like to thank you for... More
This place is really ideally set up for folks who live around here and can go more than once. Activities and features that change fairly regularly, and an annual pass that pays for itself after 2 visits make it the perfect spot to take your kids. You can breeze through it quickly, but if you stop, engage with the staff... More
Hi Justin H, Thank you so much for visiting the aquarium and for your fantastic review! It sounds like you have us figured out very well, which means you're likely a 'regular'...one of our favorite types of visitors! As a not-for-profit organization, your support means the world (I mean, the ocean) to us. Thank you! And we're ecstatic that your... More
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