When we visited Legoland last month, M was really interested in the fish during the Atlantis ride. He gasped and giggled as they swam towards the submarine we were travelling in.
The aquarium is located right on the sea front at the bottom of some very steep stone steps. It wasn’t until we were leaving the aquarium that we noticed a road to the left of the beach that ran all the way back into town. We took this route on the way back to our car.
The aquarium is a bit of a tardis, from the outside it looks a bit like an old warehouse, but once you are inside it opens up to several different displays which house fish from different types of aquatic settings.
When we got M out of his buggy to look around he was quite overwhelmed, he was eye level with a big tank full of Sea Bass and he wouldn’t go near it for several minutes. After we let him take his own time, he started to approach it.
We moved on to the next big tank which housed two crocodiles, some turtles and lots of other small fish. Again M wasn’t too keen, so we decided to take a back seat. After a while he stepped closer to the tank and started chattering at it. Then once he had gained some confidence he began talking to the fish.
Usually when I am at some form of exhibit I love to read the information boards. But I found myself absorbed in watching M interact with the fish. He giggled as they approached the side of the tank and poked the glass when he thought they were close enough to touch. His favorite zone was definitely the zone which housed the crocodile tank, even though he couldn’t quite see the crocodiles, he loved watching the other fish swim towards him.
One of my favorite tanks was the jellyfish tank, there was something hypnotic about watching them bounce up and down, kind of like the scene in Finding Nemo. Many of the tanks were too high for M to see from the ground so we ended up carrying him for a large percent of our visit. We have no issue with extra Monkey cuddles, but M is an independent little man and loves to walk as much as he can.
The highlight of the aquarium was the underwater tunnel, this is a short glass tunnel that takes you under one of the tanks. It was fun trying to spot sharks, rays, catfish and many more beautiful species. We spent ages doing Finding Nemo impressions each time we spotted a shark or a ray. I’m glad it was a weekday, as this meant we had the tunnel to ourselves.
The end of the exhibit took us upstairs to look down into the tank we had just been underneath. It was very hard to spot anything from above and even more so for M, so we headed into the gift shop to grab a drink. Prices are high in the gift shop, to be honest they are in most gift shops. C bought a Pepsi Max which was more than double the price it would be in a newsagents. But there were plenty of fish related gifts if your little one wanted to spend their pocket money.
We would take M back to the Blue Reef Aquarium if we were to visit Newquay again. He seemed to really enjoy it and if he could talk, I’m sure he would be chattering about the fish for a long while.
*we received entry free of charge as part of our visit to Trevella Park. All views and opinions are our own.