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… And for that, we thank you ! The SEA LIFE Paris Val d'Europe aquarium is located inside the Val d'Europe shopping centre, 5 minutes from Disneyland Park®. Have a look at the information below to best prepare for this extraordinary outing.
Please note :
- Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult (18+).
- Pets are not allowed inside the aquarium.
- Flashy photography is strictly forbidden.
Click on the questions below to find out what you need to know !
The aquarium is open every day of the year (except 25th December) from 10:00 to 17:30, closing time of the ticket office. The aquarium is closed completely at 18:30.
Be aware that certain areas will close between 17:30 and 18:30, such as the discovery pool and the play area.
What are the opening hours of the aquarium ?
The aquarium is OPEN on all bank holidays from 10:00 to 17:30. Opens at 14:00 on 1st January. CLOSED on the 25th December.
Is the aquarium open on bank holidays ?
Yes. The aquarium is entirely covered and is air-conditioned. Whatever the weather is doing, you will be able to visit comfortably.
Is the aquarium weather-friendly ?
Due to current legislation, storing personal effects (clothes, bags, suitcases) is strictly forbidden at the aquarium. As a result, we can not store any and all personal items that you might have.
Is there a locker room where I can leave my bags attended ?
The SEA LIFE aquarium is located in the Val d'Europe shopping centre. You can park your car at the car park of the shopping centre which is free and easily accessible.
Good to know : park near the « restaurants » or « The Village Valley » areas to avoid a long walk !
Is there a free parking near the aquarium ?
Inside the aquarium, it is forbidden to eat. However, with the readmissions system, you can leave the aquarium, picnic in or out of the Val d'Europe shopping centre, and continue your visit afterwards.
Can I have a picnic in the aquarium ?
We suggest that you try and visit on a Monday or a Friday outside of school holidays. Make it a sunny day and try and come in the mornings to avoid the afternoon rush-hour (14:30 to 16:00).
During bank holidays, school holidays, and the months of May/June, the aquarium is far busier.
What day(s) would you suggest I visit if I want peace and quiet ?
With pools at eye-level for children, the visit is suitable for all the family. Due to the movement and attractive colours, aquariums are naturally appreciated by young children. If your child is older than 3, they can try and answer questions given by the aquarium using their answer sheet, pet fish under supervision, and, at the end of their visit, go and play in the playing area.
Be wary however that children afraid of the dark might find some areas of the aquariums rather dark, so as to reinforce the real beauty of the colours of our marine friends, swimming in their pools.
Is the visit suitable for young children ?
Readmission into the aquarium is possible. You simply need to ask for a stamp as you leave to enter once more before last admissions 17:30.
Can I leave the aquarium then come back later that day ?
Flash photography produces an extremely agressive light. The fish are sensitive creatures whose eyes are adapted to semi-obscure conditions, even complete darkness. Flash photography can cause a great deal of stress and cause agitation, can modify the behavioural patterns (feeding and reproduction), and can even cause the death of our more sensitive marine animals.
Good to know : Flashes will reflect off the surfaces of tanks ! To take a good photo, adjust the settings of your camera and place it on a flat surface. You will, as a result, be able to take photos of your favourite animals.
Why is flash photography forbidden in the aquarium ?
You can find in every toilet (partly mens' and partly womens') facilities to change your baby's nappies. However, we do not have microwaves for heating the food and heating the bottles of our young friends.
Is there any facility on-site to deal with babies ?
The SEA LIFE Paris Val d'Europe is located in the Seine-et-Marne (77), in the Val d'Europe shopping centre, 5 minutes from the Disneyland Park. Easily accessible with the A4 motorway or with the RER A, the aquarium is ideally located at the heart of a dynamic touristic area.
Is the aquarium at Paris ?
From Monday to Saturday : Exit the station and head to the Val d'Europe shopping centre. Cross the road opposite the flower store and enter the shopping centre. Go straight on to the restaurants « Les Terasse » (5-10 minutes walking through the shopping gallery which is air-conditioned and under cover) and take the escalator down to floor -1.
On Sunday : Exit the station and head to the Val d'Europe shopping centre. Cross the road opposite the flower store and turn right, going past the estate agent, the post office and the university. Turn left at the first intersection and go past the Castorama store. You are now entering the Val d'Europe shopping centre car park. Follow the wall of the shopping centre to the far end and enter the centre at restaurant area (between « Hippotamus » and « La Criée »). Head to the escalator and go down to floor -1.
How do I get to the aquarium from the RER station at the Val d'Europe ?
The entire shopping centre is push-chair friendly. However, we do not recommend you come with large push-chairs (double-seaters, etc.) especially during days where a lot of people are present, and where movement may be restricted.
Please note : For security reasons, we cannot store push-chair at the entrance of the aquarium
I have a push-chair. Can I access the aquarium ?
The SEA LIFE aquarium is entirely accessible to persons of reduced mobility. However, we recommend that there be one person to accompany each person of reduced mobility so as to ensure optimal safety conditions during the visit.
Please note : The SEA LIFE centre offers the possibility of someone to accompany a person of reduced mobility for every reduced mobility ticket bought at the ticket office. Ensure that you have a handicap card on your person, as you may be asked to present it.
I am a person of reduced mobility / I am accompanying a person of reduced mobility. Is the centre suitable ?
The shop is not accessible without a ticket. It is solely reserved for the visitors of the aquarium.
Can I go into the shop without paying for a ticket ?
The play area is exclusively reserved for children from the age of 4 to 11, in possession of a ticket / an annual pass. They must be supervised by an adult who is equipped with a ticket / an annual pass. No exceptions will be made.
Can I send my child to play in the play area without a ticket ?
We accept payment in cash, cheques, CB (bank card) Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard and Maestro.
We do not accept the following : payment with American Express, Diner's, gift cheques, cadhoc, and culture tickets.
What are the different means of payment accepted at the ticket office of the SEA LIFE aquarium ?
Buy your tickets online and save up to 30% on the cost of each ticket ! The payment is entirely secure. All you need to do is print out the tickets at home and present them at the ticket office. Be careful when choosing the day you visit (the tickets are dated, non-exchangeable and non-refundable) and take advantage of exceptional offers all year round for a family outing at a low cost.
Are there any reductions or deals to pay less ?
Promotional coupons have conditions that must be respected in order to take full advantage of the offer. Check the validity date on the coupon and other possible conditions, such as the purchase of one or more full-price tickets at the ticket office of the aquarium.
Please note : promotional coupons cannot be stacked with the purchase of online tickets
I have a promotional coupon. How do I take advantage of this offer ?
It would take too long to list all the animals you will discover ! However, our most well-known habitants are : sea turtles, sharks (up to 2,30m long, with the larger species !), rays, sea horses, clown fish, piranhas, tropical fish in their natural, colourful habitat of coral, jellyfish, and moray eels.
What creatures will I say during my visit ?
Due to the ever-changing face of the ocean, we have attempted to represent the most remarkable of the marine ecosystems, in particular by developping the scenography. As a result, you will truely have the impression of travelling from one zone to another, and children will be able to easily identify the different environments of their favourite marine animals.
The ecosystems :
- The River Seine
- The cold ocean (Atlantic and north Pacific)
- The european coasts
- The Deep Sea
- The lagoon
- The Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs
- The Amazon
- Pedagogic room on jellyfish
What ecosystems are represented at the aquarium ?
Every 30 minues from 10:30 to 16:30, an animator will be available to visitor in an area of the aquarium te present to them a remarkable ecosystem, a particular species of animal, and to answer your questions.
Depending on the time of the year, workshops will be available for children, as well as mini-conferences on the protection of oceans.
From 10:00 to 17:00, the Discovery Pool will allow all the famille to discover by touch the marine animals of the coast : starfish, sea anemones, crabs, and more.
Is there any form of entertainement during the day ?
Fish are not particular tactile animals. Thousands of hands in their pools might provoke a stressed reaction. Certain types of fish can bite and are often armed to defend themselves. We ask our visitors, as a result, not to put their hands in the aquariums for their own security, and that of the fish.
However, because we believe that a tactile experience is important for the discovery, both from an academic and pleasant point of view, the Discovery Pool is at your service. You will be able to touch coastal animals such as the starfish, the sea anemone, or the crab, accompanied by a animator, in complete safety.
Will I be able to touch the fish in the aquarium ?
The Aquaquiz is a game available to children ages 3 to 11, without additional cost. Ten questions are scattered around the aquarium. Children will look at the answers suggested for each question, with the help of interactive elements. They then scratch the answer they think is right on the answer card (given by personnel at the entrance of the aquarium). Upon exit, in exchange for this card, children will receive a small prize.
What is the Aquaquiz ?
The Play Area is a completely secure area reserved for children from 4 to 11 years old, under the supervision of their parents or guardians. Spread over 100m² and 3 levels, children will be able to climb, jump, slide and bounce without risk in this padded interactive structure.
Please note : The Play Area is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 and reserved for visitors of the aquarium. The child is under the direct responsibility of their adult guardians and must not be left without supervision. We ask that you scrupulously respect the safety reglementations posted near the Play Area.
What is the Play Area ?
The SEA LIFE aquarium, and more globally the entire network of SEA LIFE centres across the world have the conviction that the protection of the oceans is important. Throughout several campaigns we have attempted to sensitise our visitors to the preservation of endangered species (sharks, sea horses, turtles), threatened by the destruction of their natural habitat and over-fishing. We try and explain to the children to have a responsible attitude towards this. Themes covered during the visit include : over-fishing, pollution, acidification of the oceans, and the preservation of water as a precious natural ressource.
You too can help by our side, all year round. To know more, please visit the section « Protection of oceans ».
How is the SEA LIFE centre concerned in the protection of the oceans ?
The SEA LIFE aquarium network is opposed to the detention of cetaceans in captivity. Dolphins, orcas and other porpoises cannot be kept under optimal conditions, and can suffer from their captivity. It is why the the life spam of cetaceans in captivity can be severely reduced.
Why are there no dolphins in the aquarium ?
The Paris Val d'Europe SEA LIFE centre is opposed to euthanasia, when it comes to old animals, or those presenting difformities that don't cause suffering in the animal. As such you will see veritable deans in the aquarium ! Just like us, age can cause difformities, thinning or a general degradation. Do not hesitate to talk to our personnel during your trip if you have questions concerning our fish.
Good to know : some rather particular habitants !
We remain very attached to our « particular fish » shown at the aquarium : we have a sturgeon that was born without eyes, we had a baby sea horse born with an atrophied tail... And a number of aging fish who, at sea, would already have been eaten. Our « grannies » and « grandads » are perhaps not as pretty as their younger companions, but they all the same right to swim freely in their pools !
What happens to the elderly fish, and those suffering from physical alterations ?