The Mexican coastal city of Mazatlan is a bustling beach paradise rich in history and culture. On a 3-day stay, you can enjoy a range of activities in the city, then venture outside and spend a day exploring the Sierra Madre mountains and visiting colonial towns. Here's how.
Mazatlan Aquarium (Acuario Mazatlán)
Avenida de los Deportes 111, Fracc. Telleria C.P. 82017, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, 770
Across 34 saltwater tanks and 17 freshwater aquariums, visitors can admire a wealth of marine life at the Mazatlán Aquarium. Interactive highlights include shows featuring sea lions and tropical birds, as well as live feedings of nurse sharks and surgeon fish. Beyond underwater attractions, there are also walk-through aviaries and a crocodile lagoon. The Acuario de Mazatlán is also the only aquarium in Latin America to have a dedicated frog area.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Mazatlán Aquarium is a must-visit for families in Mazatlán and a great rainy-day destination.
- All the Mazatlán Aquarium live animal shows are held three times daily. Check schedules online for exact times.
- For an extra fee, visitors can swim with sharks, manta rays, and sea lions.
- There’s an onsite playground for smaller children and a restaurant.
- Children under 3 enter for free.
- Mazatlán Aquarium is accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Mazatlán Aquarium is located on Avenida de los Deportes, just a few blocks back from the Mazatlán Malecón (boardwalk). The aquarium is easily accessible on foot for visitors staying in the Tellería neighborhood. Onsite parking is limited.
When to Get There
Mazatlán Aquarium is open daily from 9:30am to 5pm and live animal shows are held three times a day. Check schedules online for exact timings. The aquarium will likely be busier during school holidays and on weekends, so visit midweek for a quieter experience.
What to do in Mazatlán After exploring the Acuario de Mazatlán, take time to stroll or bike along the nearby malecón (boardwalk) and admire views over the Pacific Ocean before exploring the historic center. There are many sightseeing tours that stop by both places. Meanwhile, animal lovers won’t want to miss the chance to learn about sea turtles at the Turtle Sanctuary in El Verde.