Aquarium de La Rochelle

    This is the most popular attraction in La Rochelle, and one of the largest aquariums in Europe. The aquarium newly reopened in 2001 after expanding to become six times larger than it previously was. Today more than 10,000 species of flora and fauna inhabit the aquarium, spread out over two levels. The exhibits are divided according to body of water: the Caribbean Room, the Atlantic Room, etc. There is also a shark tank where various species of sharks swim in over 1.5 million litres of water. In the Jellyfish Tunnel, you can walk through 360-degrees of jellyfish, who swim above and below you. A cafe in the aquarium provides refreshment.

    The aquarium is located in the vieux port section of town. Follow the ubiquitous signs from anywhere in downtown La Rochelle. Hours are variable according to season. October through March the musemm is open from 10am to 8pm; April through June and September 9am to 8pm; July and August 9am to 11pm. Admission is €12.50 for adults and €9.50 for students and children between the ages of 3 and 17. Children under 3 get in free. An audio guide costs €3.50. It is possible to buy tickets in advance on the website and pick them up at the aquarium so that you don't have to wait in line.