With a wealth of noteworthy attractions, Sharjah is calling families
Nestled between two coasts, Sharjah is a lively forward-thinking emirate of modern business and vibrant culture. It shares its heritage through its 20 museums and galleries, local architecture and culture-packed leisure activities that are perfect for families! Sharjah is home to a wealth of noteworthy sites, museums, beaches and fun indoor and outdoor activities.
Al Montazah Waterpark
Newly renovated Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park is Sharjah’s newest family entertainment destination. The 126,000-square-metre amusement park offers thrilling water rides, a leisure park and green space in the heart of the city. Al Montazah has rides and recreation options that tourists and residents of all ages are sure to enjoy. The park’s offerings are rounded off by attractions such as a souk, cafés, restaurants, sports facilities and live performance venues.
Sharjah Discovery Centre is an entertainment centre designed for children aged 3 to 12 years, providing them with the opportunity to learn, discover, understand the role of science and technology in their daily life and explore the world around them in a fun-filled and relaxing atmosphere. All the activities are based on real-life activities in the most fun way.
Al Noor Island
With a combination of beautiful sculptures, butterfly house housing over 500 species of exotic butterflies, peaceful literature pavilion and fun interactive playground, this family destination in Sharjah takes you on remarkable sensory journeys and offers engaging cultural experiences. Enjoy wandering through the butterfly house, letting one of its peaceful winged inhabitants land on your hand; sit in quiet contemplation, overlooking the fountain at the literature pavilion or have an energetic bounce along the trampoline walkway beside the beautiful lagoon.
Sharjah Centre for Astronomy & Space Sciences
This cleverly designed attraction is an enticing place to take children, with informative and entertaining displays. The centre aims at developing and promoting education about astronomy and space sciences in the Arab World in general and the UAE in particular in order to be a destination for science, research, heritage, education and tourism for students and university students, researchers and families of all ages.
As an ancient port, Sharjah’s history is interweaved with the sea and there is no better place to learn about the emirate’s sea-faring traditions and local marine life than Sharjah Aquarium. More than 150 species, including the beautiful clownfish, delicate seahorses, moray eels, sea rays and reef sharks can be seen in the cleverly designed large fish tanks which wind through the building, displaying sea creatures in their natural habitats of rocky shores, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves. Sharjah Aquarium is the first and largest government educational center in UAE. Covering an area of 6500 m², it consists of two floors equipped with 20 aquariums, filled with 1.8 million liters of water.
The Wasit Wetland Reserve is impressive for its work with bird conservation. The aviaries are state of the art and feature endangered birds that are native or migratory on the Arab Peninsula. The indoor observation hall allows for visitors to get close to the birds and watch them in their native habitats without disturbing the shy creatures. There are buggy tours around the wetland on weekends and it takes about one hour to stroll around on foot, taking time for some bird watching in the hides.