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Marvel at over 800 species of jellyfish at Mexico’s largest jellyfish exhibition and admire seahorses, octopuses, and clownfish in one of several saltwater tanks at Mazatlán Aquarium (Acuario de Mazatlán). Ideal for families and animal lovers alike, there are also daily live animal shows, an onsite marine museum, botanical garden, aviary, and more.
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.
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.
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.