We took Luella to Marineland in Antibes, it was a nice family day out. Marineland is an animal exhibition park. First, it was a small oceanarium with a few pools and animals but now it is one of the biggest in the world and receives more than 1,200,000 visitors per year. It is the only French sea park featuring two cetacean species: killer whales and dolphins.
Of course in Dubai we are spoiled with opportunity to meet and view dolphins and have fun in water parks. While on the Cote d'Azure looking for things to do with the kids, Marineland and the other neighbor entertainment parks (aquaslpash, adventure golf, kid's island) is a good option. We enjoyed the dolphins, the killer wales, seals shows... and a visit to the polar bears. It was impressive to see and entertaining. There is also a sharks tunnel, penguins, aquarium but nothing to get too impress specially after a visit to the Dubai Mall or the Atlantis! Really it's all about the shows! We spent a good 5 hours in the park. Make sure to wear a hat and suncream. We had some fast-food lunch but you could bring a picnic and enjoy it on the grass under a palm tree. Entrance fee for Marineland is 38euros for adult and 30euros for children above 3. The other parks are cheaper and they offer combo deals. Checkout the website.
Now regarding animals in captivity, it's always a sensitive subject. The staff at Marineland demonstrated a real love and knowledge for the animal. It's about educating the public about the species and the danger they encounter in order to protect them and their environment. The Fondation Marineland explains a lot and justify the work and studies put into the park and the foundation.