One of Veracruz' biggest attractions and allegedly the best of its kind in Latin America, this aquarium still falls a long way short of similar establishments in the rest of the world. Situated 2km south of the center in a small generic mall on the waterfront, its centerpiece is a large doughnut-shaped tank filled with sharks, rays and turtles that glide around visitors. Brave visitors can don diving gear and enter the shark tank and feed the toothy fish (rather you than us!).
The aquarium also contains a dolphinarium and a manatee exhibit. Aquarium authorities claim they are aiding dolphin and manatee conservation and research, but animal welfare groups around the world claim that such exhibits are cruel.