Zoos and aquariums

Exploris Aquarium

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The Rope Walk Castle Street, Portaferry, County Down,
Mrs Ann Moreland
T: (028) 4272 8062
E: info@explorisni.com

Enjoy a dip in the deep sea without getting wet at NI’s only aquarium, meet Bubbles our Clown Fish.

Exploris has enabled an impressive redevelopment and remodelling of aquaria, landscapes, soft play area, and licensed restaurant to create a first class visitor attraction in the heart of the Strangford destination.

Guaranteed to be entertaining and educational, visitors will enjoy a diver’s view of marine life and learn about the many species via our newly installed AV information screens.

As you wander around the exhibitions, one of the things that will blow you away is the attention to detail and the hand-painted artwork on the walls throughout the aquarium and the colourful amination within the display tanks and outdoor pool area. This has been designed and put together by Nautilus who are the team behind some of the biggest zoos and aquariums in the world.

Your Journey
Located in Portaferry, you will enjoy a diver’s view of marine life from around the world. Your journey will begin in Strangford Lough and our own native fish. Then continue to the colourful coral reefs of the Tropical Oceans before entering the dark depths of the Amazon Rainforest, where you will see some of its reptilian inhabitants including our very own snappy crocodile.

You will return to our shores to see our playful Sea-Otters and witness our conservation in action in the nursery seal pens where the noisy pups are rehabilitated and eventually released back to the wild.

Don’t miss our unique touch-tank talks where you can learn all about the wonderful sea life from our shores and revisit your childhood memories of the seaside rock pools in our wonderful Kids Zone and plenty of fun for the little ones with our new soft play area.

After you’ve enjoyed all the fun and explored every corner you will have worked up an appetite, so relax for brunch, lunch and coffee in our newly refurbished licensed “The Cracken café and restaurant”.

See below upcoming events. Please see www.explorisni.com/events for further details.

May Day
1st May 2017
Spend a lovely May Day with our new jellyfish friends at Exploris.

Otter Day
Thursday 25th May 2017
You’ll have an otter-ly wonderful time at Exploris celebrating Otter Day!!!

Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 29th May 2017
Exploris will put a spring in your step this Spring bank holiday with lots of fun filled interactive touch pool talks throughout the day, face painting and our A-Z Adventure Trail, fishy arts and crafts.

World Ocean Week
Monday 5th – 10th June 2017
Swim in to Exploris to celebrate World Ocean week 2017
From 10am -6pm all week-open pool demonstrations and Kiddy craft activities

Father’s Day
18th June 2017
Come celebrate Bourbon’s first Father’s Day with his new pup.

School’s Out For Summer!!
Friday 30th June 2017
KEEP CALM school’s out for summer!

Aquarium’s 30th Year Old Birthday Arts and Craft fair
8th and 9th July 2017
Celebrate the aquarium’s 30th Birthday with our first Art and Craft fair.

Beware its Mermaid and Pirate Day!!
Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July 2017
AHOY their maties… head on down to Exploris for Pirate and Mermaid Day

Shark Awareness Day
Friday 14th July 2017
Take a bite out of our fun filled day to help us celebrate Shark awareness day at Exploris.

World Snake Day
Sunday 16th July 2017
Slitter into Exploris to see and learn all about our slithery serpents.

Gala Week 50th anniversary
Sat 15th – Friday 25th July 2017
Gala Week’s 50th anniversary…come down and take part in our animal A-Z quiz.