- Address: Port de plaisance du Moulin Blanc, 29210 Brest, France
- Timings: 09:30 am - 06:30 pm Details
- Phone: +33-298344040
- Ticket Price: 20 EUR
- Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
Oceanopolis - Review
Europe’s largest open air aquarium; covering three structures, fifty aquariums, and a thousand species of animals; is possibly responsible for about 60% of all European marine research!
The highlights are:
- Tropical Pavilion: covers the Shark Tank, a wall of live coral, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, Mangroves, and a tropical Greenhouse:
- Polar Pavilion: Penguin Rookery, Seal Pool, Cold Oceans.
- Temperate Pavilion: Kelp Forest, Jellyfish, Eelgrass Herbarium, the AbyssBox, and the Touch Pool.
- Bioderversity Pavilion.
Plan to spend nearly a whole day here if you want your money’s worth, especially if you’re here with your family. Wonderfully presented and easily accessible, this is Brest’s favourite attraction.
- Get the park map from the attraction website.
- There is a café, a bar and a brewery.
- Best to come on the weekend.
- Free car parking with reserved areas for the disabled and mobility impaired.
- The whole park is wheelchair accessible.
- Check out the souvenir shop.
Oceanopolis Ticket Prices
- EUR 12.80: ages 3-13 and motor disabled adults
- EUR 16.30: students
- Free for under 3
- For staying overnight at Oceanopolis, check out the attraction website.
- All times given are for 2015. They may change in the coming year.
How To reach Oceanopolis by Public Transport
- Line 3 Lambezellec - Oceanopolis by Palaren.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Oceanopolis
95% of people who visit Brest include Oceanopolis in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
89.8% of people start their Oceanopolis visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Oceanopolis
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Oceanopolis
Oceanopolis, Brest Reviews
Nice place, but far from being top of the line. Aquarium is impressive, but only tropical area - cold area lacks qnimals. I was impressed with size of some tanks. You can see some of the sharks quite up close and it was a great opportunity for some awesome photos and videos! I recommend a visit, but you will hardly want to return.
An inspiring day at the aquarium. I came to the revelation that it took 2 billion years of evolution to evolve a creature sufficiently intelligent to appreciate, even recognize the existence of, all the other previously evolved creatures on earth; and we learn, the only creature having this mind capacity, is the same who is capable and effective at destroying that what it appreciates... On the lighter side, I became aware that male sharks have 2 penis like appendages, and that the males violently and passionatly bite the female during sex, as she rolls over and accepts his sperm deep inside her; that is on video display...
Exhibition, especially tropical 5star. Arctic 4 star. Massive downgrade as everything besides "thanks good bye" French only, this is a no-go in today's world with significant international tourists... Finally exhibition "Normandy" appears to be Gift Shop only..
Finally close enough on a holiday in Brittany to consider a visit to Oceanopolis having seen the posters around for the last few years. This aquarium is made up of pavilions, each focusing on a different theme. The site is large and also has some very cute otters in a separate enclosure. There's plenty of walking involved, but ramps and lifts available to take you everywhere for those with buggies and wheelchairs. The exhibits were very well laid out and displays included plenty of English translation. The sheer scale of the main aquarium tanks was fascinating, and the whole day was one filled with wonder at the contents of the oceans. We found that, on the last Saturday in July it was busy but didn't feel overly full, and certainly not at capacity. There was no waiting time for the pavilions, nor for food in the reasonably priced creperie. We booked online in advance to save around 20% on entry, and arrived early to make the most of the day. Driving was simple and it was well signposted off the D165. A great family day out, and certainly worthy of 5 stars 😊
Fantastic day there my 8, 10 and 12 year olds loved it. If going more than once on your holiday, the 6 month family pass is well worth it. Sun morning was also much quieter when we went the second time.