Also known as Cinéaqua, the Paris Aquarium is one of the three aquariums in the city and is technically the oldest aquarium in the world, having opened its doors in 1867. The aquarium’s décor is largely inspired by French writer Jules Vernes’ novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a theme that truly sets the tone for discovery.
It now houses 10,000 different animal and invertebrates of 500 species (including rays, unicorn fish, angelfish, hermit crabs, puffer fish and fairy basslet) as well as 9,000 plant specimens and 600 corals, located in 43 basins spread over 3500 square meters! Marine wildlife comes from all corners of the world, from the Atlantic Ocean to Polynesia and New Caledonia.
The big-ticket attraction is undoubtedly the shark basin, which contains 3 million liters of water and 38 sharks of seven different species. It is, in fact, the largest artificial basin in France. Most of the attractions are kids-oriented, and the aquarium offers several educational animations, workshops and shows throughout the day.
The Paris Aquarium is located at Trocadéro, right across the Eiffel Tower. It is easily accessible by metro, with stops Trocadéro and Iéna close by. Entry costs €20.50 per adult and €13 per children for a day-time visit and € 27.90 per adult and €22.90 per child for a night-time visit. The aquarium is open daily (except July 14th) from 10AM and 7PM.