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Les Machines de L'ile, Nantes

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Enter the dreamlike world of fantasy that combines the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne at Les Machines de L'ile. This fantastic project is an absolute must, especially if you have children. Gigantic machines take you on a steampunk journey through time using artistry and magic--some of these mechanical marvels even take you on the ride of a lifetime. Hop on The Great Elephant, a mechanical mammal made from 45 tons of steel and wood, for a 45-minute walk around the grounds. Then, control the movements of the machines at the Marine Worlds Carousel. This massive 360-degree theater on three levels displays mechanical marine creatures--many of which you and your kids can control. The ship sets sail 5 m (16 ft) above the seabed, then plunges you virtually into the depths, where wild creatures like deep-sea lanternfish light your way. Use our Nantes itinerary planner to add Les Machines de L'ile and other attractions to your Nantes vacation plans.
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  • Just in the town, on the old docks, all in french, but the elephant ,,,, crazy, plus the biggest carousel  more »
  • The mechanical elephant is the centre piece and well worth a ride. Children seem to love it - a mixture of awe and fear.  more »
  • It is interesting for children but a little overpriced. Stuff are nice but the boutique is a little expensive  more »
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  • Amazing mechanical elephant. We only saw the elephant and a horse. Not sure if the mechanical spider is constructed yet. But we didn't see it
  • The most amazing place I've been in France. The elephant is stunning. I wish there were more machines on show and not just pictures of them.
  • Too few machines, but very nice to see it once. Children might be interested more than adults. Elephant rode seems too long.
  • I love Les Machines de l'île so much! But in my opinion the ticket for the elephant is a little too expensive. But overall it was a nice experience
  • It was fascinating and interesting to see the machines come to life. Unfortunately, there weren't any tours in English so we were unable to understand what the guides were saying. The elephant ride was interesting, but it moves at an extremely slow pace so you'll get bored after 5 minutes. It would probably be more interesting to see the elephant move rather than pay to be on it.

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Affordable and convenient bases from which to explore the countryside surrounding Nantes, family-friendly campsites just a short ride from the city offer access to private swimming pools and proximity to popular seaside resorts. Within Nantes itself, you can choose a centrally located hotel or good-value hostel, from which you can walk to the city's finest shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. If all you need is place to sleep at a reasonable price, consider booking a room at one of the city's university residences.
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