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Oceanopolis, Brest

3.5
#2 of 16 in Zoos & Aquariums in Brittany
Dedicated to ocean discovery, Oceanopolis houses 10,000 marine animals in 50 aquariums from 50 to one million liters (13 to 264,000 gal) of water. Videos, kiosks, and signs provide information on the biology of species, on environmental protection, and on ecosystem functioning. Visit the restaurants for a bite and the bookstore and shops to complete your souvenir collection. The center is divided into four pavilions: temperate, polar, tropical, and biodiversity. Oceanopolis includes 8,700 sq m (94,000 sq ft) of space with four million liters (over one million gal) of seawater with one million liters (250,000 gal) for the shark tank alone. Use our Brest day trip website to arrange your visit to Oceanopolis and other attractions in Brest.
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  • The site certainly is a bit dated and deserves in places a little facelift, but apart from this detail once eye to aquariums is really beautiful and very informative if one takes the time. This isn't my first visit, we do not get tired. The "temperate" Pavilion is perhaps at first sight less spectacular but worth a look.
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  • Great afternoon surrounded by all this animal premises are clean and the animals we look rather good good as in some zoo I recommend :) But against this a make 1 times if we go back several times there is a risk of quickly this tired...
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  • We had a very good visit. It was snowing so there was very little world. So we could see the animals and enjoy. The fish are very beautiful and small workshops are very nice. Otters and seals too cute. On the other hand, the entrance is a bit expensive (€20) and no advantage to book tickets dated (depending on the period) because they are too expensive!
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  • Really good aquarium in a very nice mariner town and reasonable priced entrance. Look out for discounts with tourists brochures in the area. The place is split into ecological zones with large viewing tanks with plenty to see (not sea 😋) including an area where you are encouraged to pick up the various crustasions you find in rock pools and low tide. There are a few places to get some food but with all places like this the prices are way over priced so would definitely recommend you bring a picnic. As a non french speaker you may find not many people speak French but the staff are friendly though. All in all well worth a visit if near the area.
  • After hearing some negative reviews of my friends my expectations went very high, but I was positively surprised. There's a lot of expositions and attractions enough to fulfill whole day (or more like half day with is still satisfying) with it. What didn't really match my expectations are the animations that were rather very calm and without 'wow!' effect. Nevertheless I find oceanopolis as a very good place to visit with your family
  • 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.
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