Tucked away in the outskirts of Buda is Central Europe's largest saltwater aquarium, Tropicarium. Hundreds of animals - exotic birds, squirrel monkeys, fish, including Hungarian species, tropical fish and sharks, alligators and other reptiles - are kept in their recreated natural habitat covering an area of more than 32,000 square feet (3,000 square meters).
Visitors can get up close and personal with birds and small monkeys while walking through a tropical rainforest or watch one of the 8 sharks from a glass observation tunnel leading through their aquarium. Feeding the sharks is always a popular attraction here, which takes place each Thursday between 3 pm and 4 pm. In addition to the huge saltwater aquarium there are about 50 other aquariums, including a large freshwater aquarium dedicated to the various fish species indigenous to Hungary. This open-air aquarium creates a completely natural ecosystem that changes along with the seasons.
Birthday parties and team-building programs are available, as well as swimming with the sharks (for experienced divers only).
Monday - Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm (the ticket counter closes at 7 pm)
Adult: HUF 2,300
Child & Senior: HUF 1,600
Student: HUF 1,900
Getting to Tropicarium: Tropicarium Budapest is located within the Campona Shopping Center. Take bus 233 from Astoria, bus 3 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér or bus 14 or 114 from Kosztolányi Dezső tér.
Another popular, kid-friendly venue within Campona is the Palace of Miracles, an interactive science museum for children.