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Aquascope, Chimay: Address, Phone Number, Aquascope Reviews: 4/5

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4.0
106 reviews
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SnEm74
Belgium126 contributions
Wonderful but outdated!
Jul 2019 • Family
We've been here on many occasions, and we really enjoy this place very much, excellent place to spot birds, I enjoy it for the insects, but the facilities are getting very outdated, really hope they receive the necessary funds to upgrade!
Very nice playground, great for all ages below 10! Cafeteria is ok, just a tad expensive and terrible service done by young students! They're promoting local products which is very nice! So no coca cola, but local lemonade! Nice outdoor seating!!!

It would be so great if the park could open earlier, 10am is too late!!!!
Written July 10, 2019
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Fox_travelling
Brussels, Belgium252 contributions
Lovely walk. Past its time.
May 2017 • Family
We walked the path through the forest with our childs to have an outdoor forest walk. Feeling of a Sunday stroll before aperitif and lunch. Enjoyed it. Nice weather helped. But old style explanations about nature and climate change. Come on, childs are far better informed today! Clearly constructed at a time and then nothing was renewed. Standing still is dying every day.
Written May 27, 2017
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Gina R
19 contributions
Great Day for Kids
Apr 2017 • Family
This was our second time coming to Aquascope, and we love it. As we live about an hour away, it doesn't necessarily pull us there more than once a year, but we do enjoy it. If we lived closer, I think we would be here often.

This year my children are 6, 3, and almost 2. We went with friends whose children are 8, 6, and 1. Everyone enjoyed themselves and was TIRED at the end of the day!

I divide this place into three parts:
1. Small indoor area with a short movie depicting the grounds during the season change (I enjoy this, some kids found it boring), and a learning "aquarium" with a few fish and some education on how the local animals. There is some exhibit upstairs, but we didn't make it there this time. The indoor area isn't terribly engaging and it's why I deducted a star. Outside is where this place shines.

2. Nature walk along the lake with a tree top walk, peek under the water, and a garden with a little pond and playhouse for the kids. And bees! They're my favorite :). On the walk back you can take the high road for some environmental education. It's a nice walk, the kids played hide and seek in the garden for a long while, and there were picnic tables to stop and eat. The woman at the front desk mentioned the walk is about 1 kilometer.

3. The playground. Really, you can't do this first or the walk will be a letdown (to the kids). It's an awesome playground. A huge sandy area, slides going through the landscape, climbing towers, climbing nets, a zip line, etc etc. It is really great. It is also attached to a cafe/restaurant with additional outdoor seating and a gazebo.

The whole Lac du L'eau d'Heure area is beautiful, and I enjoy the drive out here. It is really a great place to visit with kids. It's not terribly pricey and it's worth it for the day.

We did eat here last time we visited and the food was decent. The front desk speaks English, the restaurant staff does not so it's worth knowing your basic French if you plan to eat there, but they were very friendly!
Written April 7, 2017
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,160 contributions
So much fun for kids of all ages
Jun 2016 • Family
Visited on an admittedly beautiful day as part of a group. Our guide was fantastic and the entire experience was so informative. Be forewarned however, it can be incredibly muddy--which in itself adds to the experience.
Written June 9, 2016
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Malika R
Chimay, Belgium1 contribution
Great insight into nature
Oct 2015 • Couples
I had the chance to go to the Aquascope a while ago, as it was the Apples' festival. It is the time when dozens of orchard's owners come to display their products (not only apples actually, but also other season fruits). In a familial atmosphere, you can try a large variety of tasty fruits. But the Aquascope is worth a visit even if there is no special event. Not only will you walk among a wonderful scenery, but your children will also enjoy nature through teaching activities.
In short, a quiet but informative place, far from the urban life !
Written November 9, 2015
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potapka
Prague, Czech Republic24 contributions
Beautifull place
Aug 2015 • Couples


Modern educational centre located next to the natural reserve The Lake of Virrelles. It is a nice place for families, there are many atractions for children which educate them in interesting and funny way (for example aquarium or path high in the trees) about nature of Belgium. And finally there is a great playground. It' s the best possibility for children from cities. Also it's a nice place for nature lovers and ornithologists because there are many species of birds, insect or bats etc.
We have visited an educational programme about bats where the staff of Natagora organization presented the life of these interesting animals in a way well acceptable for children and also for adults. Finally we went for a walk and look for bats in surrounding area.
All the staff of Aquascope is very kind and wiling to teach other generations about nature of Belgium and its importance.
Written September 11, 2015
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SplittingSalt
Brussels21 contributions
Where the great white heron roams
Apr 2015 • Couples
A nature reserve with a playing ground for the little children and a nature discovery path for the elder. Enjoy the sunlight on the terrace of the cafeteria. The site was developed and is operated by the ngo Natagora.
Worth the trip, if only to spot the great white herons around the lake.
Written May 26, 2015
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scothelen
Dechmont, UK21 contributions
Fantastic few hours
Oct 2014 • Family
Do not be put off by other reviews - this is a great way to spend a few hours - The hides where fun to watch the birds, we saw kingfishers and also evidence of the beaver. Admit it was a lovely autumn day which i am sure makes a difference but well worth the money and it is what you make of it. If you have binoculars than good idea to take them. Great cafe with cheap and cheerful food.
Written October 31, 2014
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DutchFrans
Waddinxveen, The Netherlands41 contributions
Can be nice, but not that great
Aug 2014 • Family
If you visit this site with children who are interested in nature, it can be nice. But the weather needs to be good, for the insects to be seen. For other animals, you need special gear, binoculars etc. The whole walk becomes increasingly indoctrinating (bad humans do bad things to innocent nature) and turns out to be one guild manipulation trip. This is not nice. It starts out already with the history, where the lake is portrayed as a favourite weekend place for locals (sailing boats on a lake lined with concrete walls, and nature being suffocated. However, if you look at the pictures, it looks like it was more of use to more people than than it is now.

The price is quite high for a visitors centre.
Written August 20, 2014
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