Aquarium La Rochelle

Aquarium La Rochelle: Hours, Address, Aquarium La Rochelle Reviews: 4/5

Aquarium La Rochelle
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Located in the city center, facing the old harbor, discover one of the greatest European private aquariums. In 2018, the Aquarium innovates and offers a brand new immersion into the underwater world. During 2h, visit the heart of the Ocean, meet over 12 000 marine animals, and be amazed by the biodiversity of the Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Tropics. From the fragile jellyfish, to the fascinating sharks, experience a unique journey to dream and understand the Sea.
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1-2 hours
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Liza I
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Superficial visit
Aug. 2021
Wonderful display of marine life. However, little attention for sustainability topics, missed opportunity.
Written August 19, 2021
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Pierre H
Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium4 contributions
Great place but overcrowded
Aug. 2021 • Family
Great place but … crowd control anyone ?

I understand that the pass sanitaire for COVID 19 is essential. But even with this as a precaution, oh how uncomfortable I felt in this amazing place just heaving with people.

So go … but out of season and off peak hours. Cause the amount of people they let in is crazy.
Written August 10, 2021
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands722 contributions
Great for small kids
Aug. 2021 • Family
Went here on a rainy day with my 2,5 year old son. We had a lovely time as he was enthusiastic about all the nice coloured fish. We stayed here for 1,5 hours and we walked fairly slow. So it is not a long visit, that is the only downside. It can get quite crowded with a lot of families.
Written August 5, 2021
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Clara C
1 contribution
As in my memories !
Aug. 2020
I was born in La Rochelle and I remember that as a child my parents often took me there. This summer I wanted to go back there with my boyfriend. And it was like in my memories ! The aquarium is divised between the different oceans of the wordl: tropical waters, Indian waters, etc. In addition to being pleasing to the eye, it has a lot of scientific activities, explanatory signs, small attractions and films. This is why the aquarium of La Rochelle is for children and adults alike. For those rainy days or years when you can't go diving in tropical waters the aquarium in La Rochelle is a great place to go.
Written November 6, 2020
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RebPint1979
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg213 contributions
Well organised and nice clean tanks
Oct. 2020 • Family
Very enjoyable and educational visit to this well laid out aquarium.

Not too busy thanks to covid restrictions.

Can definitely recommend for adults and kids - we learned a lot despite being regular visitors to aquariums when we get the opportunity.
Written October 22, 2020
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Randy G
Albi, France14 contributions
Good Aquarium to visit
Oct. 2020
Love Aquariums and this one is really good. It is easy to move about and it is well organized. The audio guide gives enough information without going overboard.
Written October 20, 2020
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Vincent V
1 contribution
No covid measure whatsoever
Sep. 2020 • Couples
The visit was incredibly short and lackluster for the price, but much worse right now is that there were zero measures taken for covid. They let way too many people in, even though we had a timeslot with supposedly many slots left. Unacceptable these days, felt quite unsafe.
Written September 24, 2020
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Djflash
United Kingdom18 contributions
Nice fish
Jul. 2020
It is a beautiful aquarium with rare species, very beautiful and large fish, there were also colorful fish, nice aquarium, perfect when it rains
Written September 23, 2020
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OrkOcin
66 contributions
Great place
Aug. 2020 • Family
The seas and oceans are wonderfully highlighted in this world class aquarium 👍
Beware : it can be crowded in summer
Written August 15, 2020
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Joanna N
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions
Shockingly overcrowded
Aug. 2020 • Family
The aquarium itself is good, but our experience there in the context of COVID-19 was truly uncomfortable.

We had booked an early evening slot as that appeared to be the least-busy time to go. But it was horribly overcrowded!

Yes there were markings on the ground in the queue outside, yes there was hand gel available, yes people wore masks... but this doesn't get around the fact that there were far too many people clustered together in an enclosed space.

The numbers admitted seem to have been based on surface area, which in the context of an aquarium is simply nonsensical - nobody stands around in the middle of the room; people need to get close to the tanks to see inside them. In the areas with the largest tanks, it was ok, but anywhere containing a series of smaller tanks caused a real backlog.

The only way to show "civic responsibility" was to avoid joining the crowds around the tanks - and this meant not seeing much in many of the rooms. And if we tried to see what we had paid to see (having been assured that the numbers of people admitted would be safe), we had to put ourselves and others at risk.

There were even a couple of places where we were stuck in a real bottleneck and there was actually no way out. I found myself holding my breath (a waste of time, I know!).

In hindsight, it was foolish to visit. But we really believed the aquarium would act responsibly and radically cut its numbers (even if this meant charging more for entry)... Unfortunately this is not the case.
Written August 4, 2020
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Dear Joanna, Thank you for sharing your recent experience at the Aquarium La Rochelle. We truly regret that you didn’t enjoy your visit. We assure you that the Aquarium scrupulously apply the security measures validated by the authorities. The accommodation capacity has been drastically reduced. The gauge is constantly checked and is never exceeded. Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11. In these unprecedented circumstances, exhibition supervisors ensure that the wearing of masks and physical distance is respected by all visitors. As we cannot put a supervisor behind each family, we also rely on the civic-mindedness and common sense of each person. The Aquarium remains a main attraction in La Rochelle and some days can stay quite busy. That’s why in July and August the Aquarium is open from 9am to 11pm, so that everyone can get a chance to discover the 12 000 marine animals displayed in the exhibition. We highly recommend a visit at 9am or after 7pm to avoid the peak hours. Before your next visit, we suggest phoning the team who will recommend the best time to enjoy the discovery of the Aquarium. We do hope that you will visit us again with your family and that you will fully appreciate why the Aquarium La Rochelle has been voted the best aquarium in France by TripAdvisor reviewers. Looking forward to welcoming you again, Sincerely, The Aquarium La Rochelle team
Written August 11, 2020
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