Veracruz Aquarium (Acuario de Veracruz) is s. of the harbor off Blvd. Manuel A. Camacho (in the Plaza Acuario Mall). This large, well-maintained aquarium is a great family attraction. A variety of marine creatures can be seen in three different habitats: a freshwater gallery, a saltwater gallery and an ocean tank. The freshwater exhibit replicates a tropical jungle, so in addition to tanks of fish there are turtles, crocodiles, boas and toucans. The saltwater tanks feature species from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, including various colorful tropical fish, lobsters, crabs, rays, shrimp and octopuses.
The ocean tank has sharks, groupers, barracuda, turtles and other species. There also is a section devoted to manatees (the aquarium promotes marine conservation, especially of species indigenous to the Gulf of Mexico). Get an up-close look at sea urchins and crustaceans at an outdoor tide pool, or touch large turtle shells and fossils in the interactive area. The aquarium is connected to a mall that has plenty of restaurants and boutique shops.