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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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Reasonable price, lots to see and do, thoroughly enjoyed! food and drink were inexpensive. worth the visit!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So after getting trapped in the lift on the way in (!) our day went from bad to worse. First of all the layout is appalling, really muddled and disorientating, there's doesn't seem to be any logic to it and there are stairs EVERYWHERE!!!! With a couple of kids with pushchairs in tow this was a NIGHTMARE!!!! The tanks/animals on... More 

Thank Theo P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Reasonable price, lots to see and do, thoroughly enjoyed! food and drink were inexpensive. worth the visit!

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a fantastic place for a visit whether on a day trip to Boulogne and surrounding areas with the kids or to while away a few hours in sheer underwater bliss. Don't need to book and do look out for ticket deals - especially in conjunction with booking the Eurotunnel - the entrances are quick and efficient. This journey through... More 

Thank TrixieLady
Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is bigger than it looks, plenty of free parking around and next to it (we went on low season), great alternative for rainy days, very clean and very family friendly (lots of lifts for pushchairs), the animals look healthy and happy and there is plenty to learn, everything is in french and English and the staff is super... More 

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It was very entertaining. Ticket wasnt very expensive. It is a good atraction to kill the time on a boring day.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here. So much to see and really interactive for the kids. Particularly enjoyed the glass alligator display and the penguins, despite how crowded it was in there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Spent around 3 hours here. They have a great variety of sea life, turtles, the largest octopus I've ever seen, huge shark exhibit. Lots of information on global warming and how it is affecting our planet...very good. Since it was low season, felt like we had it all to ourselves. And it's situated on the beach, so you can walk... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

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...

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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 

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