May 11, 2015
I think most people, young or old, enjoy visiting an aquarium. Paris boasts three aquariums with the Aquarium de Paris or Cinéaqua as the largest in France and the oldest in the world having opened its doors in 1867. Just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower it is located at the Trocadéro. I went on a Monday at 10 to miss the crowds. With only a few dozen other people there it felt like I had the place to myself. The aquarium is elegantly designed to give you the feel of being on a submarine with its small windows peaking into the depths of the sea. They have over 10,000 animals and invertebrates including the largest shark tank in France which is home to 38 different sharks of seven different species. This spectacular tank can be viewed from the sides as well as below as you move through a large glass tunnel. High above there are also very small bubble portholes in the tank which distort the tank in such a way that you can view everything in it as tiny little beings.
Overall this was a great trip and worth the 20.50 euro for an adult entry fee (kids are 13 euros) The price goes up for nighttime visits. I easily spent 3 hours there and could have gone longer had my desire for lunch not taken over. The aquarium is geared toward kids with several shows and educational workshops offered throughout the day (in French). There is also a large dining area where you can sit next to the shark tank as you feast. My favorite display was the jellyfish tank. Dark and cylindrical it contained dozens of jellyfish as they gently made their way around the tank in a hypnotic dance. If you find yourself in Paris and looking for something non-museum oriented to do, this is a great side trip – especially if you have kids in tow. Here is a link to their website: