Descend into the subterranean world of Mexico’s largest aquarium at Inbursa Aquarium (Acuario Inbursa), which opened in 2014. Throughout 48 themed exhibits, visitors can marvel over close to 15,000 marine animals, including penguins, axolotls, sharks, and stingrays; snap selfies with manta rays; watch jellyfish "dance"; and more during a fun and family-friendly day out.
No expense was spared in the creation of this vast aquarium—the sand was imported from Florida, while the saltwater is from the state of Veracruz—and the result puts a unique twist on typically above-ground aquariums. Here, over 300 species—including corals, seahorses, crocodiles, and more—find a home beneath the city streets. An essential family destination in Mexico City, guarantee entry and beat long queues on the day by pre-booking skip-the-line admission tickets in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
Inbursa Aquarium is an ideal rainy-day destination for families with young children in Mexico City.
Children under three enter for free.
There’s no on-site parking, but there are discounted rates at nearby parking lots for Inbursa Aquarium visitors.
Inbursa Aquarium is fully wheelchair accessible, but the use of large strollers is prohibited.
How to Get There
Inbursa Aquarium is situated in Mexico City’s Polanco district and most visitors find it easiest to access by private vehicle. There’s no on-site parking but Inbursa Aquarium visitors enjoy a reduced parking rate at Pabellón Polanco on weekdays and Plaza Carso at weekends. The closest metro station is Polanco (Orange Line), which is about a 30-minute walk from the aquarium.
When to Get There
Typically open daily from 10am to 6pm, Inbursa Aquarium is usually at its busiest during the school holidays and weekends. Visit midweek and arrive early for a quieter overall experience or stop by Inbursa Aquarium in the afternoons during rainy season—which runs from May to September—to avoid the worst downpours.
Family-Friendly Mexico City
Mexico City is a surprisingly family-friendly destination, with numerous museums and attractions geared to those traveling with little ones. Once you’ve exhausted the offerings of Inbursa Aquarium, head to the expansive Chapultepec Park where you’ll find the Papalote Children’s Museum or take the older kids to the thrilling Six Flags Mexico theme park.
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