1. Dinosauria Park

The Dinosauria Park started as an idea in 2013 and was first housed in GOURNES ΔΕΚΚ, located in the former American Base. There were hosted 30 different dinosaur species from all periods of the Mesozoic era and other prehistoric animals.

In 2014 the exhibits were transferred to their own space, following intensive efforts to be found in their natural environment and to "revive"! In the large family of dinosaurs new species were added and new sections, such as dinosaurs General Hospital, where young and old fans of dinosaurs can see a dinosaur hatches and begins his life in the park. In the space for creative activities, all become children again, trying to find as many dinosaurs may in tidal area, and playing various "dinosaur games" made in space. For the visitors there is the opportunity to watch themed films released in 5D and 7D Cinema.

Finally the visitor can enjoy tasty delicacies in Dino Snack Bar where a certified Playground by TUV organisation Hellas and enjoy endless hours of fun and pleasure. Don’t forget to get your dino souvenirs and gifts to retain the memories of this unique experience until the next visit.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosauria_Park

2. Cretan Aquarium

The creation of a large and modern sea Aquarium in Crete was a challenge as well as a vision not only for the local research society but Cretan society as a whole. The impressive response from the hundreds of thousand annual visitors to CretAquarium justifies the painful attempts that were made by the former Institute of Marine Biology of Crete as well as the current single body for marine research in the country -the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.

CretΑquarium is an expert in presenting species and ecosystems of the Mediterranean, a sea of unique biodiversity that gave birth to ancient civilizations and welcomes millions of visitors every year from all over the world. Offering 60 tanks of different sizes, containing a total amount of 1,700,000 litres of sea water, it is home to 2000 sea animals, 200 different species found in the Mediterranean basin, and together with the appropriate scenery, it successfully represents the Cretan and Mediterranean sea beds. Additionally CretAquarium designs and implements educational programmes and other innovative services, treats injured animals and is constantly enriched with new marine species.

Source: https://cretaquarium.gr/en/identity/history

3. Labyrinth Park

The earliest known labyrinth pattern is the ‘Cretan’ labyrinth design. Its seven rings of paths are easily created by drawing a cross and four dots and then joining them up to form eight concentric rings of barriers, leaving seven rings in between. This image has for many thousands of years been carved on rocks and produced as full-sized turf and stone labyrinths throughout the world.

The earliest and most famous labyrinth myth is the Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. The Minotaur was born half man and half bull and was kept in a labyrinth designed by Daedalus for King Minos of Crete. Athens had lost a war to Crete and as a form of tribute was forced to send seven young men and seven maidens to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Theseus, son of the king of Athens, volunteered himself as one of the group with the intention of killing the Minotaur and liberating Athens from the domination of Crete. King Minos’s daughter Ariadne provided him with a ball of thread to unwind as he ventured through he labyrinth, thus enabling him to retrace his steps after the deed was done and find his way back out. Theseus entered the labyrinth, slew the Minotaur and escaped from Crete taking Ariadne with him.

This is one of the most influential of the Greek myths. It has been kept alive over the centuries by labyrinths around the world as designs on pottery or etched on walls of caves. Sixteen hundred years later the labyrinth remained central to Crete’s culture, appearing on Cretan coins up until the first century BC and then on mosaic images in Roman times. As Christianity spread, the church adopted the labyrinth design as a form of symbolism, ritual and penance. These further developed into hedge mazes during the Renaissance and Victorian years, even reviving to be printed on paper currency by the Bank of Crete in 1917!

Source: https://www.labyrinthpark.gr/en/cretan-labyrinth

4. Acqua Plus - Water Park

ACQUA PLUS is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete, for twenty years now it offers great fun and good service to more than 100000 satisfied clients per year, is situated 5km from Hersonissos and only 30km from the city of Heraklion. It’s next to the Crete Golf Club. The water park is split in to two section connected to each other. The one section is for adults and includes a large number of extreme slides with high adrenaline and the other section for children.

It is famous as the first water park in the Balkan region. The gorgeous garden is the most impressive area of this water park. Cretan flowers and trees together with exotic flowers come together to create a Garden of Eden. The slides are hidden under the weeping willow and the games pass between the palm trees, bougainvilleas and French marigolds. Above all is clean. This is the most important for a water park. The advantage of this park is that it is on a hill, so you can look around and glimpse different corners of beauty and fun without getting tired. Top technical equipment, automated control systems and water purification systems are currently in use. Acqua Plus is proud of its reputation for cleanliness, hospitality and most importantly, FUN.

The water park offers from than 50 different slides, games and facilities. The stuff is very friendly and very helpful. The Park has received the Certificate of Excellence from the popular website Trip Advisor. Acqua Plus was the first to put in to action the cashless bracelet technology with a tailor made system that is more sophisticated than any other water park in the world.

Another thing you don’t have to worry is waiting lines. Acqua Plus is the only park in the island of Crete that has its own system in making sure that our clients can enjoy our slides and games as more times as possible and not to worry about waiting in long lines. Safety comes first, a large number of qualified lifeguards and a stand by doctor is ready to assist and protect our clients at any minute of the day. Sun Beds and Umbrellas are included in the entrance price.

Source: https://www.acquaplus.gr/history/