The Porte Dorée Aquarium and the Vincennes Zoo
Publish on Sunday, 10 March 2019 in Activities
Are you planning a break in Paris with your family and do you like wildlife and the wonders of nature? The Hotel Comète enjoys a privileged location near the Porte Dorée Tropical Aquarium and the Vincennes Zoo. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these two fascinating places with your loved ones and enjoy fun, educational and exciting experiences.
The Porte Dorée Aquarium; a unique and historic place
Need some recommendations for a family outing? The Porte Dorée Tropical Aquarium is the perfect place to relax and learn while having fun. Embark with your tribe on a thrilling journey to discover a world as colourful as it is mysterious. Dive deep into the abyss to meet extraordinary marine life. This unique place is located in the heart of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, a charmingly old-fashioned Art Deco building on the outskirts of the Bois de Vincennes. The Aquarium, built for the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931, was designed to present the public with a wide array of colonial aquatic wildlife specimens. Today it remains a place where the whole family can discover the underwater biodiversity of Asia, Africa, India and South America.
This majestic and unique aquarium is now home to nearly 750 species of seawater and freshwater fish, semi-aquatic vertebrates and other marine animals, consisting of about 15,000 specimens in all. Some are primitive fish; descendants of species that have existed unchanged for millions of years. You will also see electric fish that navigate, communicate and protect themselves with electricity. From albino alligators, sharks, crocodiles, penguins and turtles to sinister piranhas, the inhabitants of this incredible aquarium have plenty of surprises in store for you. Your children can participate in the supervised fun activities that are offered and you and they will enjoy unforgettable moments.
The Vincennes Zoological Park is perfect for a family outing
Your children will not forgive you if you forget to take a trip to the Parc Zoologique de Paris, better known as the Vincennes Zoo! So, schedule in an exciting outing to this fully renovated attraction now! The recent redevelopment has placed the zoo on a par with the Thoiry Safari Park or the Réserve Africaine de Sigean, with the difference being that here the route is traversed on foot. The zoo now boasts five biozones representing Patagonia, Guyana, Sahel-Sudan, Madagascar and the European continent. Four kilometres of route and 14.5 hectares of land await you, presenting more than 2,000 animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish ...) in identical reproductions of their natural environments.
A tropical greenhouse, a vivarium where more than fifteen species of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates roam and a large aviary where visitors and free flying birds can share the same space offer even more reasons to come to Vincennes. The Zoo also organises regular family activities and fascinating nocturnal experiences.
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