The reviews of Maineland show such variety from Excellent to Terrible, and having visited this as a party of seven with our three grandchildren aged 8,6 and 3 we can understand the divergence of opinion! So what are the positives and negatives for Marineland.
1.The site is easily accessible by bus and train - an important point since parking charges are very high, and the site is not far from Biot station or the local bus stop - assuming you can get the french bus driver to stop (and we speak fluent French!). Bus is the cheapest way at 1 euro pp single (5yrs upwards)from most local main towns.(Nice area)
2. The shows -sealions, walrus, killer whales and dolphins are excellent- giving long enough to get between shows. We went in April so there was plenty of room, but I suspect in high season that the comments of others about crowds and rushing from site to another are justified.
3.The staff doing the shows seem to enjoy their work and treat the animals with care and kindness- but it is of course an unatural environment for the animals-as is any "zoo."
4. There are other attractions- an aquarian, shark tunnel, Antartica, and Polar Bears, plus many play parks for children, and (out of season) plenty of space for picnics and cafe areas.
5.You can easily spend the whole day from 10.00 -18.00hrs here -you need to in order to get value from the entry fee.
1. The cost is very high at 38 euros pp- with ALL haing to pay including our granddaughter of just 3 years.
2. Yes some parts of the site are showing their age, but the excessive criticism is not justified.
3. In April some of the facilities were closed, and a few of the childrens rides were not functioning.
We all enjoyed our day here, but we were fortunate to get discounted tickets. If we had had to pay the full price (266 euros for 7) it would probably have been considered too expensive.