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Nausicaa, National Sea Centre

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Address: Boulevard Sainte-Beuve, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Phone Number: +33 3 21 30 99 99
09:30 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

More than just a simple aquarium, Nausicaá, National Sea Centre, is the...

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.

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Visited here as the weather was awful....wide variety to see and really well laid out. Good for all ages and educational

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here as the weather was awful....wide variety to see and really well laid out. Good for all ages and educational

Thank DarinCanterbury
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits on sealife - impressive aquariums with sharks and exotic fish - very instructive - they are building a brand new aquarium; it is true that some exhibits and some of the technology they use (video) is becoming a bit old fashioned in the days of 4k...

Thank Cabbia
Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I purchased the tickets from the UK, and saved 20% on the ticket price on the gate, you also didn't have to say when you needed to use them as long as it was within a month. Nausicaa is one of the best aquariums I have seen, with clean large tanks. There were snakes, reptiles, seals and penguins. We spent... More 

Thank Jo C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We hopped on Le Shuttle for a day trip to treat the kids for half term. Our first visit and didn't disappoint. The exhibitions are excellent and informative (and bilingual). The children loved being so close to the fish and spotting species they have learnt from Octonauts (!) Staff were friendly and helpful and we are looking forward to a... More 

Thank Charlotte M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I would recommend this aquatic centre to anyone visit the area. We went for a day out just before catching the shuttle back to Folkestone. The staff were friendly, spoke good English and were very knowledgeable about the fish and exotic animals. It's worth mentioning also that along with the marine life and fish Nausicaa houses a whole load of... More 

Thank smiller212
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Maybe it isn't the cheapest thing to do, but it is certainly worth a visit. They are expanding the sea center and I'm returning for sure when this is finished.

Thank Philippe B
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Firstly parking at a premium. Not a biggie for us this time as we parked about 15 mins away but in good weather so it was a pleasant stroll along the beach / coast. However if you are less able or weather poor it may well be a problem rather than an opportunity. Lets get the cafe out of the... More 

Thank jgraemec
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Went to Nausicaa with the family. You can easily spend a few hours here. Son loved it. Loads of different species of sea life. The Jellyfish are my favourite. They are expanding the site so in a couple of years it will be even larger. After visiting you can have a walk on the beach or promenade. If you go... More 

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Lille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

As a family this place certainly ticks all the boxes. It has many varieties here and you can easily spend 3-4 hours here if not more. I must admit this place is grand and the kids just love it but make sure you keep a close eye on them as they do go into their own world. Enjoy this great... More 

Thank ParadiseDaveVerified
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This aquarium has such a range of sea animals, including Sea Lions and Penguins! We loved the part where you can over look the sharks in the water and the touch pool (where you can touch the sting rays)

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