Surely up there in our Copenhagen top ten, especially if you are travelling with kids, is the Blue Planet Aquarium (Den Blå Planet).
Easily reached by metro (it’s an easy 10 minute walk from Kastrup metro station, follow the blue metal sculptures marking the way), or using the free shuttle bus from the city centre, this wonderful aquarium will easily fill half a day or more, and is a great activity if the weather is a bit iffy (or downright freezing), although you may not get to enjoy the outdoor area to full effect.
Even the exterior is stunning (well this is Denmark, after all), especially when the sliver coloured wave-formations pop against a perfect azure sky.
Open every day except Christmas Day, it can get uncomfortably busy at peak times, but if you pre-book your tickets, or have a Copenhagen Card, you can use the fast-track entrance and beat the queues on busy days.
From a central hub, the ground floor is divided into three main zones. There is also an excellent cafe, a ‘lunch room’ with tables and benches where you are more than welcome to bring your own food to eat, and an area for outdoor gear and lockers (which take small suitcases – many use this as a final stop on their trip as it is one stop on the metro before the airport). There’s also the obligatory gift shop, of course, before the exit. Upstairs is a less-crowded area with changing exhibits.
Outside there is plenty of additional seating, the sea otter enclosure (check the info board to see when it is feeding time – say hi to Agnes and Mojoe from us if you visit), a fantastic playground (natch), which includes water channels and metal chutes and winches for moving the water about, plus a pool that offers pond dipping activities in season.
We have used our season tickets more times than I can think, and the children never seem to tire of the place. The showstopper is the enormous ‘deep sea’ tank and tunnel, where sharks and rays whip above your head, but the coral reef and rainforest areas are also excellent, as is the ‘hands on’ section where kids can get their hands wet and poke about in tanks.
There are usually several other hands on activities, including an interactive ‘cooking’ station that educates children (and curious adults) about the benefits of eating more fish.
Ecological concerns are included too, with a section examining plastic pollution of our seas.
Throughout the day there are various activities, so do check the timetable, they usually include otter feeding, shark feeding, handling of creepy crawlies in the rainforest area, and dissections (for example, squid) – maybe give that a miss if you are squeamish. Danes are definitely not!