22 December 2011

How can we kelp you?

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium is an underwater forest where kelp plants grow like tall trees, fish swim through the fronds like birds, and abalone, sea urchins and rock lobsters feed and take cover among the root-like holdfasts.

Kelp forests are currently displayed in only three aquariums in the world – Monterey Bay Aquarium in California in the United States, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Taiwan and the Two Oceans Aquarium. This exhibit also happens to be one of our visitors’ favourite places to sit and contemplate the meaning of life … A soleful experience brought to you by Ocean Basket.

Photo courtesy expatty

Extended hours

The Two Oceans Aquarium will be open from 09h00 to 20h00 every day until 8 January 2011 (closing at 18h00 on Christmas Day), giving you more time to enjoy the perfectly long, hot summer days in Cape Town. Come and cool down among our serene sea scenes and enjoy guilt-free, sustainable seafood at Shoreline Café (closing at 19h30 until 8 January).

The play centre at Shoreline Café is the only dedicated children’s play area in the V&A Waterfront, with jungle gyms and more keeping the kids occupied. Shoreline Café is also the first restaurant in Africa to obtain Marine Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification – in partnership with I&J, we’ve put sustainable seafood on the South African map.

Our Afrisam Children’s Play Centre, which overlooks the penguin pool, has a great holiday craft schedule. This week, kids can come in to make festive-season gift stockings, beaded elves, cookies and more.

Buy online and save

Tickets to the Aquarium are discounted online – click here to buy. You’ll also get to skip the ticket office queue if you come in with your printed e-ticket.

Membership to the Aquarium – which gives you oceans of benefits – is also discounted online. You get to visit the fish as often as you like and gain access to fish-tastic benefits.

Season Pass

Only in Cape Town for the summer holidays? The Two Oceans Aquarium is running a special promotion for the summer holiday period: valid from 1 December 2011 until 31 January 2012, our Season Pass will give you great benefits at rock-bottom prices. Click here for more information about our Season Pass.

Stay in touch: for daily Aquarium updates, follow us on Twitter (@2OceansAquarium) and become a fan on Facebook.

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