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Parque das Nações, on the northeastern edge of Lisbon, was built for the 1998 World Expo.  The extensive grounds lay on the banks of the Tagus and house a large shopping mall, cable car ride over the grounds, and many new office and residential buildings.  The real reasons to go there as a tourist, however, are to visit the massive Lisbon Oceanarium (one of the largest aquariums in the world and the largest in Europe) and to enjoy a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants that lie in a long line along the river.

 

 
 
 

The Oceanarium, built in 1996, is the centerpiece of the Parque das Nações.  The aquarium features a gigantic central tank which displays everything from large ocean sharks to reef sharks to large and small fish in one integrated ocean biosphere.  The Oceanarium is a fantastic respite from the hustle and bustle of central Lisbon, and is only a short train ride away from downtown. 
 
Lisbon Oceanarium

Vasco da Gama bridge Artwork in front of the Parque das Nações
Wide pedestrian walkway along the water Cafes and Restaurants along the water
Close up fish in the Oceanarium Cable car line high above the Tagus
View from the cable car over the Parque das Nações Long line of cafes and restaurants at the Parque das Nações
Arctic bird exhibition Staring up in wonder and the sheer size of the tank
Everyone's favorite bird -- the penguin Sea otters playfully swimming around
Massive Oceanarium main tank offers multiple viewing points Rays swimming on the bottom of a shallow pool
Oceanarium stone fish Spotted eagle ray on the Oceanarium bottom
Manta rays and schools large fish in the main tank Looking out into the clear blue depths of hte Ocearium
Main tank viewed form the bottom level Admiring the rocky bottom of the main tank

You can get to the Parque das Nações by taking the train to Oriente station, and heading east from the station to the park grounds.

Oriente Train Station
Oceanarium
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Atlantic Pavilion
Portugal Pavilion
Lisbon Casino
Interactive Science Pavilion
Vasco da Gama Tower


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