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“Must-see in Nantes for all the family”

Les Machines de L'ile
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$29.07*
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Nantes City Pass
Ranked #6 of 89 things to do in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, on an exceptional site in the former shipyards. A ride on the 12-meter tall Great Elephant, climb aboard the Marine Worlds Carrousel of 27 moving sea creatures or the Heron Tree to fly over the hanging gardens.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The "Machines de L´ile" offer a great mixture of entertainment, art, technology and urban development - our whole family of ages 3 to 77 thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Riding the 30 foot high elephant is an exceptional experience, guaranteed to make a longer-lasting impression than having your picture taken in front of the Eiffel tower...

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"mechanical elephant"
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"merry go round"
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"kids and adults"
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"ship building"
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I didn't want to make the walk but we'll worthwhile for the HUGE mechanical elephant alone. A great spectacle but very little of interest around it.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a pretty incredible place to visit. Lots of whimsical, mechanized creations. The staff are having more fun than the guests and that makes it easy to have a great time here.

A very fun place and someplace interesting to spend a few hours.

Thank EC170131
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Recommended by a French friend, hard to find and not well sign posted but one of the best days we spent in France. To experience the wonder of this steam punk artist vision is remarkable. The Elephant is just awesome, the vision of the tree of life is stunning. I was overwhelmed. Nantes does not do enough for them, no good restaurants, not well signed. If you have to do one great thing in France do this!!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

It is definitely worth the visit to see the elephant if you still have the clid within. The machines are well made, beautiful, interesting and unique. Totally worth the visit.

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