Le Touquet Holiday Rentals

What To Do With The Kids When It Rains in Le Touquet

Smiley Stingray

When it Rains in Le Touquet

There is plenty of things to do and see when it rains  in the Le Touquet area.  The Nausicaa Aquarium in Boulogne sur Mer is an amazing day out. Just a short 30 minute drive up the A16 from our LOpale Holiday Villa.
Alternatively if you have time to kill on your journey home its an easy stop off en route back to Calais Ferry Port. 

What is Nausicaa

Nausicaa 
France’s  Centre National de la Mer is one of the largest public aquariums in Europe. It is a world-class marine research institute, with the focus on conservation and educating people to help preserve the oceans. 
You are invited to plunge into the heart of the oceans to explore the sea. Well laid out attractions and educational displays make your visit a great day out.

Attractions include.

The World Ocean
Island Stories
Tropical lagoon
Shark aquarium
Sea lion reserve
Touch pool
The submerged Tropical Forest
Penguin beach

Popular Attractions

Shark Aquarium

Sharks Nausicaa

Get up close and personal with Jaws
Embark on a sea journey to meet the ultimate marine animal, the shark. View the sharks fascinating strength and elegance in front of a giant aquarium.

Discover a creature that has inhabited the earth for 400 million years. You’ll never feel quite the same about sharks again.

Penguin Beach

It is an  unforgettable experience from these cheeky chappies.  Children’s faces grin with delight as the penguins dive in and out of the water.

A few facts you may not know know about penguins. Penguins can drink sea water. The birds spend around half their time in water and the other half on land. The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species. Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time.  Oh and of course there are no penguins in the North Pole. The Galapagos Penguin is the only one that makes it North of the equator.
Penguin Nausicaa

Touch pool

A unique experience for the kids where they can pett the stingrays. Waggle your hand and the rays will come over and rub against you. They often will lift there heads out of the water as if to say “come on in the waters fine”
 
Stingrays have no bones in their body – their skeleton is made up of flexible cartilage. Different types of ray include electric rays, butterfly rays, round rays, manta rays, guitar fish and sawfish. Rays vary in size hugely. The smallest ray is the electric ray which is approximately 10cm across and weighs about 400g. The oceanic manta ray is the largest ray reaching up to 7m in wing span and weighs 2,000kg.
Sting_Ray Aquarium Nausicca Boulogne

How To Get To Nausicaa - Boulogne

Located 200 metres from the town centre Nausicaa is easily accessible and well signposted from all the major routes. There is ample parking close by.