If you come to Bulgaria with children, be sure to visit the dolphinarium in Varna. Adults will also be interested in watching the unique Dolphin show. Dolphinarium in Varna is the only one on the Balkan Peninsula.
The dolphinarium has been working since 1984, at the same time 1200 spectators sitting in the stands arranged in the form of the letter P can watch the show. Dolphins are really fond of here, this is evidenced by the fact that dolphins were born twice in the dolphinarium, and these sea inhabitants rarely breed in captivity.
The performance looks in one breath: dolphins perform acrobatic numbers, balancing, sing and dance to music, play with the audience, which causes great delight in children. Performances are conducted simultaneously in four languages: Russian, Bulgarian, English and German. The duration of the dolphin show is 40 minutes.
Before or after the performance, you can go to the cafe, where you can see dolphins frolic and play through the panoramic glass in the demonstration pool.
Time and cost of visiting
Admission for adults is 10 euros (20 levs), for children 2-12 years old - 7 euros (14 levs). Children under two years pass free of charge.
If you want to take pictures or shoot a video, then you should buy permission earlier for 2.50 euros (5 lev).
In the dolphinarium there is the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, feel like their coach, give simple commands. Such entertainment is available to everyone who is over 12 years old, but children 12-18 years old must have parental permission. And such a pleasure is not cheap: from June to September 102 euros (200 leva), and in spring and autumn - 51 euros (100 leva).
In the low season, performances are given twice a day: at 12.00 and 15.30 hours, in winter only at 12.00. Further, the schedule of submissions varies depending on the month and to clarify all changes is on the official website.
Dolphinarium Opening Hours
Dolphins perform regularly, even in winter. Naturally, the busiest time for the performance falls on the peak of the tourist season, from early July to early September. During these months, dolphins show the program 4 times. In the morning at 10.30 and 12.00, and in the afternoon at 13.30 and 17.00.
From September to mid-October, the number of performances becomes less. And in the winter, once a day, a session at 12.00, until mid-April. Dolphins have a day off on Monday.
Dolphinarium Festa Varna
Performance lasts 40 minutes. Your children will be delighted, and you will be pleasantly surprised :)
Varna Dolphinarium Festa - representation
Tickets for disabled people and children under 2 years old are free of charge.
For children from 2 to 12 years, the ticket price is 396 rubles (18 levs).
For adults, this pleasure will cost 550 rubles (25 years). Shooting is additionally paid - 110 rubles (5 BGN).
In the city of Varna, the dolphinarium regularly gives discounts of 15-50%. In the tourist season you can save a lot - 50% discount. And this is cheaper than going to the movies, but much more exotic.
In comparison, in Petersburg Dolphinarium ticket prices for seats in the second sector will cost 500 rubles for children under 11 years old and 600 rubles for adults (from 11 years old). This is on weekends, holidays and vacations.
So give the family a present! Go to the dolphinarium as you will in Varna.
Swimming with dolphins
If you went to a performance and want to get to know dolphins better, you can!
Psychologists have long established that communication with dolphins is very useful for people. They even came up with a science called dolphin therapy that helps people treat mental illness through talking to dolphins.
For example, hyper-active children after contact with dolphins become more docile and calm. They begin to study better at school, and they have the ability to control their behavior.
In order to swim with a dolphin you need:
- be over 12 years old
- have a swimming suit
- pre-register by phone.
Address: Varna, Saltanat area, 2. Website.
You can get on buses No. 8, 17A, 39, 109, 309 and 409, get off at the Dolphinarium stop.
Ticket price: 15-25 BGN - for adults, 10-20 BGN - for children, children under 2 years old admission is free. Prices on the page are for August 2018.
Opening hours: daily, except Monday. The schedule of submissions must be clarified on the site.