National SEA LIFE centre Birmingham
The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham transports visitors to an amazing underwater world, where they get to see incredible sea life from all over the planet, from the coast of Britain and the chilly Antarctic, to the tropical waters of the Caribbean.
The aquarium is home to over 2,000 creatures, such as sharks, as well as a rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, otters, jellyfish, piranha, octopus and rays.
The most recent addition to the underwater attraction is Sea Stars! An eye-catching array of starfish from across the world’s oceans are dazzling at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham and visitors are able to get up close and personal with a variety of species of these fascinating creatures, including the Brittle Star, Chocolate Knobbed, Common Starfish, Red Knobbed and Sun-Star.
Don't miss Penguin Ice Adventure, which offers a real insight into the lives and quirky habits of the Gentoo penguin. Watch these cheeky birds swim, slide and socialise in their icy home! Guests will be able to hear the unmistakable trumpeting sound of the Gentoo as it throws its head back and communicates with its feathered friends. Multiple viewing platforms, an indoor temperature of a cool eight degrees Celsius and an interactive ice wall ensure visitors have a truly authentic Antarctic experience. Visitors will also be given the chance to learn about the centre’s efforts to breed, rescue and protect these near classified species of Penguin.
Guests can also take a journey through 15 themed zones, 60 incredible displays and see a variety of sea creatures enjoying their favourite meals during feeding demonstrations throughout the day. They can even touch a starfish and meet a crab at the Interactive Rockpool! Other attractions include a fantastic 360 degree, 850,000 litre Ocean Tunnel and a 4D Cinema.
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Penguins, Starfish, Sharks and 3 happy kids - 11th July, 2016
I visited the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham on the 10th July 2016 with my Sister and our 3 children, ages 3, 6 and 6.
Anna's Tip: Arrive just before 10am to beat the queues!
We walked straight into the penguin area, we had our photo taken by two members of staff who were friendly and happy to take our picture (they can be printed on the day for a charge). The penguins were fantastic, as was the rest of the centre!
Starfish experience: We had the opportunity to touch some starfish - an activity available to everybody, if they wanted to. The member of staff that was there was very informative and friendly, he explained things to the children in a way they understood so that was lovely. Here's a pic of Charlotte (3) with the starfish, excuse the photo being a bit dark, but it's magical!
He also showed them some sharks eggs and explained what they were called and how the shark is born, the children were very excited to hear they were "mermaids purses".
There was lots of 'gasps' and 'wows' from the children. They showed interest there that they have never shown before at zoos.
Charlotte (3) wants to go there "every week forever" and Alex (6) now wants to work there one day.
He wants the job of cleaning the tunnel 'windows' so he can stay and watch them every day.
We were there for nearly two hours and the kids had some chocolate from the vending machine. (£1 for a little packet of buttons).
The whole walk through was enchanting, the music, the lighting and the bits for the children to do. It kept a 3 year old and two 6 year olds very busy and happy all the way through.
The 4D cinema would have been lovely, had the family in front of us not been on their mobile phones and the other children screaming (distressed) around us. But our kids didn't seem to mind so no harm done :)
All the staff, from the beginning to the end at the gift shop were very pleasant and the centre was clean and well looked after. Overall I would absolutely recommend to families and people of all ages and it was easily accessible, with lifts and ramps.
Thanks so much, can't wait to visit again!