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Nausicaa, National Sea Centre
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Entrance Ticket to the NAUSICAA National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

This amazing aquarium makes the ones in the UK (Chester, Birmingham, Newquay) look tiny and poorly stocked. We had a brilliant time (in October half term when it was raining) and it was far from uncomfortably full. I'd allow at least 3 hours for a relaxed visit - more if you want to use the rather good catering facilities. If you've ever visited a UK aquarium, just imagine something twice the size with 3 times the exhibits and you'll be close to imagining it.

Thank JandLillyn
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

A very nice place with a good seletion of fish to see and worth while visit. The sharks were very good and it takes a while to walk around to see all the differant fish in there tanks

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

I loved the diversity of the fishses and all the explanations about the sea world. Unfortunately, the seals were not available as they were reconstructing the basin.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went for the day to Nausicaa (from London). It is very easy to find - they have taken care to signpost it on all the main routes to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Parking is easy (we found free parking nearby). It is worth pre-booking online as you will save quite a bit: the entrance is quite expensive, and this coming from London folk - where everything is expected to be expensive!
Inside they have created a layout that is brimming with original ideas: one of the routes is via a mock plane, some of the tanks have water movement and this creates fantastic displays, the big shark tank also has open surfaces that are accessed via the top deck. On the top deck is also worth visiting the cafe!
If you visit in the winter make sure you are not overdressed as it will be almost tropical in some of the parts and you will end up carrying all your coats around - not fun. It is also worth looking at the programme for the day as you walk in, as you can then see or take part in the events taking place (projections, feeding fish etc).
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the conservation work they get involved in is highly commendable, and you can see that conservation is a big part of their ethos.
After the visit go to the old town. Just look for the Boulogne Cathedral / Notre-Dame and work your way from there!

4  Thank AlexLon
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Great centre, it tells you a lot about the sea, it's animals and countries/islands threatened by the increasing sea level. For me the focus of the centre is on education so it is more suitable for adults and/or school visits with children older than 10 years. We expected a bit more fun and fear as we were with 8 adults and 9 young children. You have great basins with many different types of fish, sharks and in some basins you are even allowed to touch some fish. You can spend easily half a day here and there is a cafetaria/restaurant.

Thank Mark H
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