The place has gorgeous beaches and hence, all the options of exploring and indulging in the extravagant sea life automatically open up to you while here. You can go boating and sailing, to get a good catch at the sea, while the crisp sea breeze will give you all the feels. The Atlantic coastline offers plenty of gorgeous beaches where in you can relax and have an amazing time. There is the carnival in the month of January, which will give you an extraordinary experience which is unforgettable! There are many options when it comes to things to do in Aracaju.
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Bar, Art And Culture, Beach, Play Ground, Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Entertain...
Orla de Atalaia Avenida, Santos Dumont, 1813, 49035 Aracaju, Brazil
This massive sports and entertainment complex, on a six kilometres long beach, and nine kilometres from the city centre, is the pride of Aracaju. The sheer number of activities alone is impressive. There is a bar and restaurant section filled with international cuisine; an area devoted to regional food; a five kilometre long bike trail; the Crab Catwalk (Passarela do Caranguejo) eating area (look out for the giant crab sculpture); gravel tennis courts, beach volleyball, soccer fields, a gym and a swimming area; a skateboard ramp park; a playground for children; picnic areas; and small lakes for paddle boating. There’s a Centre for Art and Culture of Sergipe, where you can buy excellent local handicraft. The Oceanarium of Aracaju is always a family favourite visit. And of course, there is the watchtower lighthouse.
The complex is so massive, there’s little chance of covering it all in a single day. Or even three days. Prepare to return multiple times to take it all in. The place is unabashedly a tourist trap, but entirely worth it. It’s not unusual to see people on the boardwalk at night; it’s quite safe, as there are police cameras all the way.
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Art And Culture, Museum, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Av. Ivo do Prado, 398 - Centro, Aracaju - SE, Brazil
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Though it’s called a museum, its permanent exhibit is not as important as its role as a cultural centre of the Sergipe people. The small but high-tech museum makes intensive use of multimedia exhibits to recreate the scenarios and experience of what its like to be Sergipena. It covers history, festival, language, culture, craft; and even recreates a scene out of a Sergipe trade market, where you can haggle over prices. Children and adult alike will find the museum highly engaging. What permanent exhibit is there at the museum serves more as a backup to the multimedia exhibits, rather than the other way around. Best of all, it’s free!
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Aquarium, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Av. Santos Dumont, 1010 - Atalaia, Aracaju - SE, 49037-475, Brazil
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Opened in 2002, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in town, and is visited by about 120,000 people annually. The oceanarium is the first one in Northeast Brazil; it is shaped like a giant turtle; and it’s surrounded by palm and eucalyptus trees.
Inside, its 18 aquariums exhibit about 70 marine animals of various species, all of which are native to Sergipe, particularly the Sao Francisco river. The prime attraction is the giant 150,000 litre tank close to the entrance filled with stingrays, sharks, other fish, and a replica of a submerged rig. Four other tanks specialise in invertebrates, crustaceans, mollusks and fish. With a guide’s help, you can even touch some of the sharks and other fish.
The Oceanarium frequently holds guided tours, lectures and exhibitions. It’s a great place for a family visit.
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Praia Do Saco, 634 se 49200, R. Flaviano L. Bedóia, 358, Estância - SE, 49200-000, Brazil
The blue green waters of the cove wash up at the shores of this 5 kilometre long, narrow, sandy beach. Graceful dunes run along its length, as do lines of coconut trees. The amenities of the beach are fantastic; kiosks sell drink and food; there are vacation homes and hotels nearby if you want to spend the night. The famous Nil Bar is famous for its crab dishes. Kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddling seem to be popular sports. Some outfits offer beach buggy rides. During Carnival times, the beach is extra lively with revelry.
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Bar, Island, Restaurant, Entertainment, Family And Kids
Croa do Goré, Aracaju - State of Sergipe, Brazil
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Sometime, on some shores, you can walk over to an island when the tide is low; if the tide is high, you take a boat. This is not one of those places.
The Croa do Gore is a small tidal island, a sandbar, in the middle of the Vaza-Barris River. It disappears at high tide and is reborn at low tide. A boat from the nearby village of Mosqueiro, from the Sunset Rim area, will take you to its floating bar. And at its heart, that’s what this island is – an unusual bar-restaurant! The crab, the shrimp, and the fish broths are mouth-wateringly delicious. There are shaded tables and chairs. The prices are unexpectedly reasonable. Just one tip – bring nothing with you to take onto the island.
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Bar, Beach, Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Family And Kids
Av. Santos Dumont, 6 - Atalaia, Aracaju - SE, 49035-730, Brazil
A good getaway for those seeking some tranquillity, the beach has warm waters. It’s a little more than a mile south of Orla de Atalaia. The sand is golden and levels over the beach’s wide area. The water is a little choppy, but shallow enough for kids to safely bathe. Further out, you may see some people windsurfing. Along the beach’s edges are kiosks, bars and restaurants; the fare is mostly crab and oysters, but it’s REALLY good crab and oysters. The staff tends to be highly attentive. It’s more crowded in the summer; large sections turn into impromptu beach volleyball and beach football venues.
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Beach, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
Aracaju | Sta Luzia Island, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil
This can’t really count as a single beach, as it is 30 kilometres long. While Aracaju is south bank of the Rio Sergipe River, this beach is on the north, and it stretches north from the Atalia Nova township. The beach is most popular during the tourist season, though it has not been developed for tourists. Its large area means that no matter how many people descend onto it, everyone gets their own patch of peaceful isolation. The waves are choppy, but the water is warm. Pack your own picnic, for you’re unlikely to find a bar or restaurant. The best time to visit is at sunset.
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Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Hill
Santo Antônio, Aracaju - State of Sergipe, Brazil
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
On top of the charming San Antonio hill sits the charming neo-Gothic San Antonio church. While the building itself is moderately pretty, what people really come up for over here is the panoramic view. You can see the whole city, the length of the Rio Sergipe River, and where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Take photographs and then turn to the building. The church itself is tied to the founding of Aracaju, and a number of historical events have happened here. Ask the locals for the story. At night, the whole place is beautifully lit up.
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Ciclovia da Beira Mar - Treze de Julho, Aracaju - SE, 49020-240, Brazil
In Aracaju, 13th July is more than a date – it’s a neighbourhood, and an upscale one at that. It’s named after the day of 07.13.1924, when Augusto Maynard Gomes besieged the city from the beach. The district’s main attraction is the attractive boulevard, or promenade that runs along the beach. In addition to bike paths, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and a large mangrove reserve, it’s also famous for the lookout, a gazebo atop a spiral staircase of 54 steps. The view is grand, if not spectacular, from up there. The best time to visit is at sunset.
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Palácios Olímpio Campos, Aracaju
A collection of grand old mansions, elegant churches, lively markets, and charming old squares and plazas make up Aracaju’s historic commercial centre. It’s a great place to stroll around; and the best way to get to know the city. It’s not too big, so if you start intelligently, you can easily cover all the main sights in a single walk.
Say you started at the 1860Ponte do Imperador (Emperor Bridge). On the other side of the street, you’ll find the Fausto Cardoso Square, surrounded by the buildings Palácios Olímpio Campos and Fausto Cardoso. The next square over has the 1923 Palácios Inacio Barbosa and the 1862 Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). The tourist-trappy street next to it is full of bars, boutiques, a cinema, art galleries and restaurants. Towards the river is the San Salvador church; and beyond the Rua João Pessoa, in the General Valadão plaza, is the Serigy Palace, which used to be a jail. Not far away are several lively handicraft markets.
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Zoo, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Cable Car
822, - Parque Gov. José Rolemberg Leite III, 2, Aracaju - SE, Brazil
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
Not many people know that Aracaju has its own scenic cable car lift. Its location in the northern area of the city, away from conventional tourist stomping grounds, means it often gets overlooked. The cable car will take you to the top of Urubu Hill, a 630-metre ride, and from there you can follow the hill trail to the launch ramp, from where hang-gliders take to the sky. Take your pictures of the sweeping views of the city… then come back down the hill, for its time to see the zoo.
The zoo, as a part of the city park is free to visit, and has 400 animals. For the price, it’s nice enough, even though it’s not very well maintained. There are lions, jaguars, bears, monkeys and assorted birds.
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Beach, Family And Kids
Praia do Mosqueiro, Brazil
About 20 kilometres south of Atalaia, Mosqueiro Beach is thought to be one of the best beaches in the area. The sand is fine and white; the water is blue and warm; the air is balmy and tranquil. This is where the catamaran rides launch from, on their way to Croa Gore, the tidal sandbar island, or Sao Cristovao island, the first capital of Sergipe. Out in the water, you’ll often spot jet skis and/or paddle boards. It’s best to come here in the afternoon, and leave just after sunset. The Rio Vaza Barris river meets the Atlantic Ocean here, darkening the water.
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Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Praça Olímpio Campos, 228 - Centro, Aracaju q SE, 49010-040, Brazil
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
Combining neo-classical and neo-Gothic elements, the church is beautiful building. It was built in 1862, then known as the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição; in 1910, it was made a cathedral. It is the most important Catholic building in the region. Its most talked about feature is the cathedral dome, which, while not that striking from the outside, is beautifully decorated with frescoes on the inside, with paintings of biblical figures. There has been some controversy regarding the need to restore the cathedral, as its looks and its structure are in danger of wearing down. It’s located in Aracaju’s historical centre, which means the square outside is quite historically significant too.
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Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Praça Fausto Cardoso - Centro, Aracaju - SE, 49010-100, Brazil
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Built in 1863, this beautiful neo-classical building was the seat of Sergipe state’s government till 1995. Early in the 20th century, some serious redecoration introduced contemporary European influences in its look. Though it was made into a museum of sorts in 2010, and opened to the public, it can still only be visited via guided tour. The guides will take you through rooms filled with 19th century furniture and decoration; photographic exhibitions and panels of how the city used to look like in the past; the governor’s room, the dining room, and the office; a library; an art gallery and museum space showcasing paintings and historical artefacts; and the archive.
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Museum, Family And Kids
R. Estância, 228 - Centro, Aracaju - SE, 49010-180, Brazil
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
This ethnic, cultural and archaeological museum is thought of as a record of Sergipe’s heart. It has objects and artefacts from all segments and times of Sergipe society. The comprehensive collection has been put together mainly by the efforts of research teams led by teachers and their students. The exhibition is presented in way to show the evolution and development of humans in Sergipe, how they adapted to their environment, and their cultural history. The exhibits are interactive, and presented in a story-telling format, making them interesting to all age groups. It’s not very large, so visit tends to be short but charming.