Planet Neptun Oceanarium (Планета-Нептун Океанариум)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Planet Neptun Oceanarium (Планета-Нептун Океанариум) Saint Petersburg Reviews
Jan 22, 2008
Looking for something to do on a cold day in St. Petersburg? Perhaps you are in desperate need of a way to keep your five to ten year olds head from exploding from excessive touring of onion domed churching? One way to pass the time would be to take a stroll through the underwater realm know as Planet Neptun Oceanarium (Планета-Нептун Океанариум). While not the largest or most diverse or grandiose aquarium in the world the newly built (2006) Oceanarium makes up for its limited size with well done displays and a great design.
The aquarium includes sea life (including sea lions…or maybe they’re seals…I always get them confused) from all over the world including the Amazon, Russia, South Asia and the Great Barrier Reef. The highlight of the exhibition is the main tank filled with an array of sea life including a few different kinds of sharks. The main viewing window of the tank is reminiscent of a crystal flat screen TV with a seating section and everything. You can sit on the comfortable three tiered bleachers and watch as the fish display swirls by.
When you’re tired of sitting and watching the action from afar you can get a more intimate view of this aquatic world. To the right of the seating area is a circular entry way marked with an arrow. Dive in (figuratively) and you’ll find yourself in a tube of glass running right through the surprisingly big fish tank. As you ride through the tank you can marvel at the brightly coloured fish and decent sized sharks as they swim around and yes even above your head. I’d suggest going through the tank at least twice (I did).
I would not put Planet Neptun Oceanarium on your top 10 list of things to do if you’re visiting St. Petersburg for a three or four days, but if you are looking for something different, burned out on churches and museums, trying to find ways to entertain the kids, into fishies or simply spending a lot of time in St. Pete and looking for something new I would encourage you to visit to the Oceanarium. I certainly found it to be a nice way to spend a couple hours on a wet, gray snow filled St. Pete winter day.
The Oceanarium is open from 10:00AM to 9:00PM every day except the last Monday of each month. Shark feeding show is at 7:00pm everyday and Piranha feeding is Sunday and Wednesday at noon.
Prices change depending on the time and day you go, but expect to pay between 250 and 500 Rubbles for kids above 7 and adults (that’s between $10 and $20 with current exchange rates). Kids between five and seven are always 80 Rubbles and kids under five are free. Check out this link for more detailed information: http://www.planeta-neptun.ru/eng/oceanarium/left_menu_ocean/tickets.html
Planet Neptun Oceanarium (Планета-Нептун Океанариум) is located at 86 Marata Street (ул. Марата, 86) in Central St. Petersburg near Pushkinskaya Metro Station (Пушкинская Метро) on the Red Line. Map is located here: http://www.planeta-neptun.ru/eng/trk/left_menu/placetrk.html
Odds and Ends:
Remember to keep your admission ticket; you’ll need it to exit the fancy bar code reading turnstile at the end.
Most displays are in English as well as Russian.
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