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Nausicaa, National Sea Centre

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Address: Boulevard Sainte-Beuve, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
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+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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Good For half a day in bad weather!

Went with my Two sons 10 and 2. Who were amused for a couple of hours. Both EnJoyed the Sea Lion Show, seeing the sharks, the under water tanks and touching the creatures at the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 August 2011
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2011

Went with my Two sons 10 and 2. Who were amused for a couple of hours. Both EnJoyed the Sea Lion Show, seeing the sharks, the under water tanks and touching the creatures at the end-especially My 10 year old. Worth a visit if The weather is grey, And if it clears up the beach is Just outside! Also nearby;... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

My son (7) is mad for fish and sea life and we were not disappointed. We made a special trip just to go to the Nausicaa and we were bright and early on a Saturday. We did not have to worry about parking since we stayed across the street at the Hotel Matelote. By the time the crowds really started... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

We visited two weeks ago and although we enjoyed it, as other people have said, it is pricey. Photos are permitted throughout. It’s fully wheelchair accessible. There are eating-places, although we took our own food and sat and ate it on our way round. Students and unemployed discount – make sure you have written evidence, or you won’t get it!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2010

Having visited numerous sealife centers with our children when they were young we debated whether to visit Nausicaa as a group of just adults but were really glad we did. This attraction was informative and very interesting with loads to see. In fact we only had three hours to spare and could easily have stayed longer. Well worth a visit... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2010

We took our two grandchldren aged 11 and 13 to Nausicaa, we all were of the same opinion that Nausicaa Boulogne is a complte waste of money €46 for two children and two pensioners. We had a 20% discount vouchure with the correct dates but the cashier even refused to scan it and said they had taken the offer off.... More 

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commercialnausicaa, Responsable commercial at Nausicaa, National Sea Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your opinion on Tripadvisor. Our goal is to improve ourselves and any negative impression will help us to do so. I am sorry that you and your grandchildren were disappointed with your visit. I suppose you visited around mid-august, which is the buisiest period of the year for Nausicaa. This is, of course, no excuse, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2010

At 47 euros for a 4 person ticket this isnt a cheap attraction. Note they dont offer family tickets just 4 person tickets, strange ! 2 year old went free and received a 10% voucher for use in the cafe. Arrived at opening time 09:30 on a wet English Bank Holiday Monday morning expecting it to be busy but was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2010

I've been to Nausicca 4 times now and decided to visit again on Saturday (17th), and each time I've been something else has changed. They focus on a different parts of the world, ie, they have the tropical lagoon etc. They have both French/English explainations which helps a great deal. They have sealions and they put on regular shows which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2009

We all really enjoyed our time at Nausicaa-mum, dad, girls 18+10. We have been to Sea-life in the UK and Underwaterworld on the Sunshine Coast in Australia in the past but this display is much more interesting-bursting with sea creatures! We loved the penguin display because you are able to get so close to the birds, who seem to be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2009

Nausicaa is undoubtedly a jewel in Nord Pas-de-Calais - and a 'must see' place in Boulogne. Fantastic aquariums of a scale that you don't often see. Without question I would recommend it for adults with kids, kids on their own or adults on their own . The shops and restaurants within the main building are adequate and could be improved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2009

We went here over Bank Holiday with 4 adults and a 1 year old. It was a great day for all concerned - our daughter loved the sharks and sealions! There is a good underground car park with a lift straight into the entrance hall area of the aquarium, although the pay machines only take cash, no cards. Although it... More 

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