Oceanopolis, Brest

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • 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: Outdoors, Park, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
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About Oceanopolis, Brest

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.

Oceanopolis Information

  • 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.

Oceanopolis Opening and Closing Hours

  • 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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Oceanopolis, Brest Reviews

  • Here's the deal. I don't like zoos and that sort of thing. I did, however, enjoy my time at the Oceanopolis. Gorgeous views of jellyfish, amazing insights into underwater life and even the option to touch sea stars with a bilingual team (they spoke at least French and English, didn't inquire about other languages) patiently explaining to children and adults alike.

  • Actually, the very good park: large aquariums with colorful fishes and different types of sharks. Plenty of interactive games for children and informative posts. There are documentary movies of high quality but only in French. I wanted to put 5/5 but I finally 4/5 because it was a bit empty, so, looked quite abandoned.

  • Océanopolis is large aquarium complex with three zones, Tropical, Polar and Brittany. The tanks are amongst the best I have seen beautifully lit and maintained. The polar display was also spectacular with penguins and seals. The Brittany zone was the familiar sealife of the North Atlantic. What I liked about this aquarium was the unique presentation and points of view. You see the central large tank from four different vantage points above and below, descending in a huge lift with a view. Throughout the exhibition there were little side displays on scientific subjects. Unlike nearly all the other aquariums I have visited, all the glass was really clean and all the tanks were in use. The only minor gripes I had was the fact that there was not an obvious visitor track covering all the exhibits. For instance the otters (Sea & Eurasian) were off the main visit track and we had to double back to visit them and they were difficult to find. I am sure a lot of visitors miss them which is a pity because they are one of the highlights. As with all French attractions it has an excessively complex schedule of opening hours and is closed on Mondays. For visitors in a wheelchair there are ramps and lifts to all exhibits.

  • Had a great afternoon wandering about. Well worth the money. Accessible for a wheelchair user. 😁

  • This place is a great spot to visit on a Monday, when lots of other attractions are closed. Other days are good too! English speakers can relax, as many members of staff can understand english. There are a plethora of underwater exhibits and there are many different types of fish, and sea animals both indoors and outdoors. There is a great and budget-friendly cafeteria in the aquarium, and a cute gift shop. Definitely a great place to take family.

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