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“VARIETY -the spice of life”
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Marineland
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$518.59*
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Private Tour: 6-Hour Family Friendly Sightseeing Tour of the French Riviera...
Ranked #8 of 101 things to do in Antibes
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Owner description: Bienvenue au coeur du plus grand parc marin d'Europe !Fonde en 1970, Marineland est le reflet de la passion d'un homme : le Comte Roland de la Poype. En ouvrant les portes du Parc antibois, le Comte se dote d'une mission bien precise : transmettre sa passion pour le monde marin a un large public afin de lui faire decouvrir cet univers fascinant.Au fil du temps, Marineland diversifie son offre et enrichit son espace avec l'ouverture de plusieurs parcs thematiques : La Ferme du Far West, Adventure Golf et Aquasplash. Depuis juillet 2006, l'Espace Marineland fait partie du groupe espagnol Parques Reunidos : leader europeen sur le segment des parcs animaliers et aquatiques. L'Espace Marineland vous invite a la rencontre du monde marin : a travers ses spectacles, mais aussi ses expositions et animations pedagogiques, c'est la richesse de la faune marine qui est devoilee. Dauphins, orques, otaries, manchots, requins... pres de 35 especes evoluent dans notre Parc pour vous eblouir le temps d'une visite forte en emotion !La preservation des animaux, appelee plus generalement la conservation des especes, est aussi le message de fond que le parc cherche a promouvoir aupres de ses visiteurs. La Fondation Marineland, creee en 2011, renforce cet engagement. Les naissances que nous avons regulierement sur le Parc, temoignent egalement de cet objectif essentiel pour un parc animalier.En 2013 ce sont des bebes otaries et des bebes manchots qui ont vu le jour !En 2014 nous esperons encore d'autres naissances et surprises a vous faire vivre et partager !Nos trois autres Parcs : Aquasplash ouvert en juin, Kids Island et Adventure Golf toute l'annee, vous permettent aussi de diversifi er votre visite a l'Espace Marineland ! Des jeux aquatiques aux parcours de mini-golf, en passant par l'univers de Kids Island ou les lemuriens et autres activites vous attendent: vous variez les univers et les plaisirs !Vous etes chaque annee nombreux a venir sur nos Parcs et nous vous en remercions, nos equipes restent a votre disposition pour repondre toujours au mieux a vos attentes de visite.Decouvrez toutes l'actualite de Marineland sur facebook et profitez de reportages complets et inedits grace a la web TV Marineland !
Reviewed April 19, 2013

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.
Positives:
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.
Negatives:
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.
Summary:
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.

8  Thank malholme
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This place is great lots to see animals were beatuiful, went to see the whale show did not understand any of the show but it still was good.

Thank Yvonne H
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We are been to the park twice (July 2010 & 2011) and my daughter wants to go back again this year. The shows are great and there is plenty to do. We normally arrived 10mins before opening and then left around 15:00. But you could easily stay a lot longer. I would advise you to buy your tickets online to avoid the queue in the peak season and also to gain a small discount. The first show is normally the Steller, but then I would advise you to go to the dolphin show and get a good seat in the shade. The children can always watch the sea lion show in the afternoon or watch from the back of the dolphin stadium, while you keep the seats. Then you should be able to squeeze the Killer whale show in before lunch.

Thank Charlotte L
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Yes, the park is 40 years old, and you can see it. Nevertheless the shows are great : killer whales so moving, dolphins, sea lions and so on....You become a child again. As the ticket is very expensive, track for special offers (the rate of adults is 38 euros + 7 euros per day to park the car...)

1  Thank ynis
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

visited here with my family in july of 2011 and had an amazing time, weather was fantastic, my little girl loved marine land

Thank samanthajb84
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