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Address: Boulevard Sainte-Beuve, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Phone Number: 33321309999
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9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

More than just a simple aquarium, Nausicaá, National Sea Centre, is the...

More than just a simple aquarium, Nausicaá, National Sea Centre, is the largest European complex entirely devoted to the universe of marine life. Nausicaá offers an entertaining, educational and scientific, visit raising public awareness about the need to act responsibly towards the world's seas if their resources and beauty are to be maintained. Let yourself be astounded by the immense variety of the sea life: 5 000m2 exposition space 36 000 living creatures 1 000 different species housed in 4.5 million litres of water which is dispersed into 50 aquariums, large tanks and terrariums Nausicaá proposes you a wonderful chance to discover "the Penguin" a unique marine bird in a revisited environment and alert us to the harmful risks of global warming in the new exhibition "Climate & Ocean: Getting hot in here! What does the future offer?" Nausicaá, take a plunge to discover the diversity of the marine life.

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Excellent day out ,easy 'FREE' parking , wonderful displays of fish , friendly staff .This is a brilliant day out for all the family, one not to miss. Allow about two and a half... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent day out ,easy 'FREE' parking , wonderful displays of fish , friendly staff .This is a brilliant day out for all the family, one not to miss. Allow about two and a half to three hours for the visit a camera is a must

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Were hoping for a good visit after reading all of the reviews here. Not disappointed. Very well organized. We went on a rainy Sunday morning. Not too busy. Displays are amazing with great variety of fish and other cool things to see. Large tanks to walk around, walk under, and then see from above. Our 6 year old loved every... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is one of the best I've been to. It doesn't have the grand scale of some aquariums - Singapore, Monterey, etc - but the habitats are immaculately designed and maintained, and much more creative and realistic than most - with well established corals in most tanks. We went in winter and it was not busy. It's not crazy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really interesting, huge aquarium. Went for a day trip on the recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. Lots of displays that were different to the ones in the UK. Great layout. The town looked nice too, and you could probably fill a day here if combined with a visit to the historic town centre.

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We visited "la mer est sur terre" Tuesday 22/12/2015 having thoroughly enjoyed a quiet visit without the usual flood of visitors you would normally get at the week-end. It was so nice to walk at our own pace and take in the beautiful creatures around us .The only regret is that we wished we had stayed longer but we had... More 

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a very large building housing not only aquariums but a small habitat for Penguins and a large pool containing sharks. There is also a simulated area of a maritime research vessel with some interactive displays. Multi lingual signage and English Guidebooks made visiting easy and the aquariums were clean and well looked after and featured a variety of... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The sea life centre, Nausicaa, is a great day out if you are in the area. There is so much to see in this underwater world. A great place to take the kids!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic sea life centre.. knocks spots off one's in UK. Short drive from Calais, can easily spend 2 to 3 hours there,; then enjoy the lovely beach or go into town. Boys will love being the captain in the ship simulator.. all will love getting to stroke the rays...and the 4d cinema. Loads to see and do with a good... More 

Thank David E
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Well worth a visit, we loved it. There is lots to see from Jellyfish to Sharks, Penguins and Sealions and lots and lots of different fish. Make sure you check for offers as always available, we only paid half price. Allow at least half a day for a visit.

Thank Maxine1963
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Well worth a visit if you have 2 to 3 hours spare. Not just about seeing the fish etc but also about conservation and the oceans

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