Acuario Nacional © Patrick Nouhailler
This aquarium, located in Habana Vieja, is a scientific research centre which aims to educate the public and conserve marine life. The aquarium features eight tanks displaying some truly beautiful freshwater fish, along with coral and other tropical species.
The first marine mammal the aquarium collected was a seal called Silvia and seals remain a popular attraction at the Acuario Nacional: The Seal Stage has capacity for 1,000 spectators. The dolphins are also popular and have won awards for their performances. The Dolphinarium can hold 1,200 spectators and up to eight dolphins perform simultaneously.
Other attractions include 30 specimens of marine tortoises and two exhibits which particularly please kids: a reproduction of a mangrove forest and a marine grotto. Children will love the aquarium and will delight in watching the dolphins, sea lions and seals, while parents can enjoy lunch in the aquarium's underwater restaurant.
The subject of a recent renovation, the Acuario Nacional now also boasts a spellbinding display of brightly coloured saltwater fish. The aquarium has consistently been voted one of Havana's top tourist attractions for kids and those travelling with children in Cuba shouldn't miss it.
Address: Third Ave and 62 St. Miramar, Playa
Telephone: (537) 202 5872
Opening times: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm.