Best Aquarium in Paris: Aquarium Tropical VS Aquarium de Paris

Are you looking for the best aquarium in Paris for your whole family? If you can’t decide on which one to choose, here’s a detailed comparison of these two aquariums to help you select the best one.


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In a hurry? Here are my top picks: 


Aquarium Tropical at la Porte Dorée

Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293, avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris

aquarium tropical turtles
The turtles of the aquarium

Number of specimens: 5,000

Surface area: 3,000 square meters

Tour duration: 1h10

The most noteworthy species:

  • Albino alligators
  • Matatas turtles

Number of fish tanks: 84

This tropical aquarium, located in the 12th arrondissement, is home to almost 500 animal species, totaling up to 5,000 specimens.

The facilities are divided into several fish tanks designed to recreate the natural habitat of each species. Discover the different tropical seabeds from around the world from coral reefs to the mangrove.

Please note: there is no shark at the Tropical Aquarium. On the other hand, the aquarium’s living collection includes two albino alligators that stand out from all the colorful fish tanks.

The aquarium is also home to several species of tropical turtles including the astonishing pig-nosed turtle and the unusual-looking Matamata turtles.

Activities: the aquarium often organizes creative workshops for children focused on the various marine species of the collection.

In short, these workshops are a fun way to learn more about aquatic fauna and raise awareness concerning ocean pollution.

Tips to avoid the crowd: Avoid rainy days and visit before 2 p.m. and after 4 p.m.


  • The affordable price and good value for money
  • The diverse ecosystems (especially the crocodile pit!)
  • The carefully organized geographical zones

Weak points:

  • There is no shark

Price: Starting from €8 per person / Free under 26

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Aquarium de Paris

5 Av. Albert de Mun, 75016 Paris

aquarium de paris sharks
The sharks of the aquarium

aquarium de paris children

Number of specimens: 13,000

Surface area: 3,500 square meters

Tour duration: 1h10-1h30

The most noteworthy species:

  • Sharks
  • Jellyfish

Number of fish tanks: 50

The Aquarium de Paris, located in the 16th arrondissement, is home to almost 500 species of marine life and over 700 coral colonies from all over the world.

With 50 species of jellyfish and a total of 2,500 specimens in 25 tanks, this is Europe’s largest medusarium. Discover world’s most beautiful jellyfish species including the moon and white-spotted jellyfish.

The highlight of the aquarium are the sharks. The aquarium features 38 large shark tanks each as imposing as majestic as the others. Here are the shark species you can observe: blacktip shark, grey reef shark, white-spotted bamboo shark, and zebra shark.

Activities: the aquarium offers 2-hour night tours all year round with creative workshops and exhibitions. The highlight of the evening: a musical show with a mermaid diving among fishes in one of the aquarium’s largest fish tanks. A truly magical experience!

The Paris Aquarium also offers a special “touch tank” featuring majestic Koi carps gently brushing your fingers.

Tips to avoid the crowd: Avoid rainy days and visit before 2 p.m. and after 4 p.m.


  • The lively and diversified activity calendar
  • The koi pond for a unique experience
  • The ultra-immersive shark tunnel

Weak points:

  • The excessive price


  • High season prices (weekends, national holidays, and school holidays): Starting from €25.50 per adult / Starting from €18.50 per child (between 3-12 years old)  / Free for 0-2 years old children
  • Low season prices (Monday to Friday outside of national holidays and school holidays): Starting from €20.50 per adult / Starting from €14.50 per child (between 3-12 years old)  / Free for 0-2 years old children

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Recap: Aquarium Tropical VS Aquarium de Paris

Aquarium tropicalAquarium de Paris
Surface area3,000 square meters3,500 square meters
Number of fish tanks8450
Number of species500 species (animal and plants)● 500 animal species
● 700 coral colonies
Total specimen number5,00013,000
Exclusive species● Alligators (2)
● Turtles
● Sharks (38)
● Jellyfish (2 500)
Tour duration1-1.10 hour1.10-1.5 hour
Activities● Workshops● Night tours
● Musical show with a mermaid
● The Koi carp touch tank
Price for a family of 3 (child under 12)€16€54.50 (low season price)