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Aquarium de Paris - CineAqua
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Ranked #238 of 1,242 things to do in Paris
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: L’Aquarium de Paris, also named Cinéaqua, is an aquarium located under the hill of Chaillot between the Trocadero and the Seine in Paris, in the 16th district. 50 basins, 2500 jellyfish, 10,000 fish, 750 coral colonies. The largest shark tank in France (3,000,000 L of water and 38 great sharks)
Reviewed 21 July 2013

It was a good place to be on a very hot summer day, as it's underground, airconditioned and cool. We were shocked at the entry fee of 20Euros for an adult (only under 3's are free or there are family tickets) It is not a huge aquarium, there are areas with small tanks of tropical fish and one very large tank with small sharks which is viewed from several angles. There is a small 'touching pool' "bassin carresse" but it has nothing but koi fish in it and no supervision - lots of children splashing about very vigourously! Most of the notices next to the tanks had English versions of the explanations but there are no maps in English available. The website is good and has an English version.
Perhaps we were unimpressed because of our recent visit to the new aquarium in Singapore, which is enormous and really quite wonderful - this just didn't really compare.

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Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

I did not even know paris had an aquarium, but we happened to walk past it and I LOVE aquariums. The fee was about the same as you would pay for any decent aquarium around the world, however the product inside was very disappointing. There are very few tanks, all of which are small. There is only 1 large tank (not huge) with a few small sharks and fish. The "touch pool" is a pond filled with underfed carp. All in all this is the most disappointing aquarium I have seen. Save your money.

1  Thank Antboy80
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

The reviews were right, small. We needed a cold/rainy day activity. Spent most of the morning working around a ton of school groups. Nothing available in English, even the map. Also REALLY dark. Touch tank is cool, but only fish in there.

Thank Beth C
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

The Aquarium of Paris is in a fabulous location and is very well designed. There was clearly thought put into every tank to show off the fish and provide information about them. Most of the tanks are even easily viewed by both adult-sized people and small children. A few interactive activities (mostly informative touch computer screens in 3 languages) enhance the visit. The best by far was the "touch tank" which was stocked with coy. Aquarium staff come by to feed them occasionally to keep them friendly so even small children are able to reach a hand in and feel them swim by. We also really appreciated the curved windows for better viewing of the sharks.

Bathrooms were abundant, clean, free, and large. Women's even had a changing table. There is plenty of walking room, even with strollers and children running about. The only downside is that it is quite expensive for an aquarium that only takes about 90 minutes to go through. There were several movies that played throughout the day to lengthen the visit but most were documentaries over 45 minutes in length so we didn't sit through any.

On Sundays, the aquarium restaurant has a brunch buffet. It is also very expensive and the food is not great (it is France so the food is not that bad). But the real value is the view of one of the larger tanks while eating. My 16-month old enjoyed it very much.

Overall probably not a top-10 Paris attraction but well worth the visit if you are here with small children on a rainy day and don't mind dropping the money – especially on a Sunday.

Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

This is a good aquarium to visit and surprisingly quiet and peaceful. No crowds when I Visited with my 7yr old daughter on a hot June Saturday. Looking at other reviews, there are better aquariums in the States, but there are also ones not a patch on this.

Thank TMC825
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