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With ultra-modern complex and cultural attractions, the City of Arts and Sciences is one the largest and the most striking feature of the city of Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences attracts people from around the globe and is visited by millions of visitors annually. Its astonishing features have become iconic symbols of the city. Set in a massive space, the City of Arts and Sciences is a complex of six structures of futuristic architecture and offers endless amount of entertainment and stimulation.
An Exciting and Educating Tour in City of Arts and Sciences
L'Oceanografic is an oceanarium located in the eastern part of the city and has been designed by Felix Candela. The place is not only famous for its architecture but also has a variety of species with a number of animals inhibited in its premises housed in huge tanks and tunnels. Inaugurated in the year 2003, the oceanarium houses different aquatic environments, the Ted sea, the tropical seas, the Mediterranean, the Temperate and Tropical seas, the Wetlands, the arctic, oceans, islands, and the Antarctic. Around 500 different species are housed in the oceanarium that includes jellyfish, seals, penguins, dolphins, sea urchins, sharks, sea lions, belugas, and many more bird species as well.
L'Hemisferic at the City of Arts and Sciences was inaugurated in the year 1998 and is a planetarium, laserium, and an IMAX cinema theatre. The building resembles a huge eye and is called as the 'Eye of Knowledge'. Regarded as the centrepiece of the City of Arts and Sciences, the architecture of the building makes it appear like an eyelid that opens up in a pool of water around. The bottom of the pool is made of glass and creates an illusion of the eye being a whole. Its shutter is made of elongated awnings of aluminium which create a curved axis of the eye. The underground spaces of the structure have been illuminated highly with beautiful lights which adds to the charm of the architecture and enhances the overall features of the planetarium.
The Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe at the City of Arts and Sciences is one the most interactive and fun museums of science in the city. Resembling as a skeleton of a whale, the museum has more entertainment value than the science exhibition. The ground floor accommodates a basketball court. There are three more floors in the museum which house the Turia garden, the Legacy of Science Exhibition, the Chromosome Forest, the Space Academy, the Zero-Gravity Exhibit, and the Marvel superheroes exhibit. Not only the exhibits make the museum one of a kind, but its utmost different structure and architecture, geometry, use of materials, design and innovation makes it one of the must visit attractions of the city.
Palau de les Arts is basically a large place that contains four main rooms that were purposedly built for education and also to hold some events. Palau de les Arts was established in 2005 following the opening of Oceanografic in 2003. The four main rooms in the Palau de les Arts consist of the main hall, the master classroom, auditorium, and also The Martín y Soler Theatre. The main hall and the auditorium can accomodate around 1,400 people and the master classroom and The Martín y Soler Theatre can accomodate around 400 people.
Umbracle is basically a tropical park inside the big building of City of Arts and Sciences. There are plenty of plants that will give you a very refreshing tour after you are studying science in the Science Museum. Inside the Umbracle, you can also find the car park which has 665 rooms for light vehicles and 25 coaches. On the upstair, you can also enjoy the open-air art gallery which is called as Art Promenade.
For those of you who are planning to have an event held in the City of Art and Sciences, Agora is the best place for you. Agora is an indoor multifunctional place that is surrounded by two big lakes. The interior of Agora was made perfectly for congresses, performances, concerts, and also conventions. With the area of approximately four thousand meters, this place will perfectly suits you big events.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to visit City of Arts and Sciences , you can directly buy the ticket from the ticket booth or it is also very recommended to buy the ticket online from this website. There are some choices for the tickets: venue admission ticket and activity admission ticket. For the venue admission tickets, you can also choose between four choices that consist of one attraction or combination of two to three main attractions. The ticket prices range from 6 euro to 28 euro. For the activity admission tickets, there are five choices of activity that you can choose. They are EstudioTV, Science on Stage, VG Marte Particularies, Dinosaures, and Space Simulator. The ticket prices are in range of 2,1 euro to 2,9 euro.
How To Get Around?
To get around it is best to go on foot because you will have an outdoor tour in and you will also get to move to another place in a fast pace. There is also a train tour that you can take if you feel tired of walking in such a big place.
What Should I Wear?
Wear a full sleeves shirt in pale colour along with a pair of trousers. Complete the look with a light necklace, a hand bag and a pair of platforms. Carry layers for winters and evenings.
Best Time to Visit
City of Arts and Sciences is open from 10 am to 7 pm in 7 days a week. It is recommended to visit the park between January and March, October and December, and in the midst of December because you will get a less crowded museum and it will be very convenient for you if you want to walk around the park while carrying your children on the stroller.
Will I Need a Guide?
A guide will not be needed as this website will guide you about almost everything and anything about the city, the place and the trip. So, a guide is unnecessary.
How To Get There?
If you are planning to visit City of Arts and Sciences, it is recommended to go there by bus. It will take around twenty to thirty minutes of ride from the center Valencia via Professor López Piñero. Another option is to rent an Uber or a regular taxi to reach the place.
Do not carry any weapons in the museum or you may be deported. Cameras and mobile phones might not be allowed in some places. Carry your passport and visa with you all times. Do not disturb the exhibits of the museum. Carry a water bottle. Eatables might not be allowed in some spaces.