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Enter the dreamlike world of fantasy that combines the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne at Les Machines de L'ile. This fantastic project is an absolute must, especially if you have children. Gigantic machines take you on a steampunk journey through time using artistry and magic--some of these mechanical marvels even take you on the ride of a lifetime. Hop on The Great Elephant, a mechanical mammal made from 45 tons of steel and wood, for a 45-minute walk around the grounds. Then, control the movements of the machines at the Marine Worlds Carousel. This massive 360-degree theater on three levels displays mechanical marine creatures--many of which you and your kids can control. The ship sets sail 5 m (16 ft) above the seabed, then plunges you virtually into the depths, where wild creatures like deep-sea lanternfish light your way. Plan to visit Les Machines de L'ile and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nantes attractions using our Nantes online day trip planner.
Tours To Les Machines de L'ile
Nantes City Pass BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $28
Duration: 1 to 3 days
Commented tour of Nantes by cabriolet bus BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $16
Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
Les Machines de L'ile Reviews
This is not to be missed. What a fun time and whatever your age, you will feel like a child again. I purchased tickets to ride on the elepant online as well as my admission ticket for the full... more »
Fantastic! Kids and adults alike will enjoy this. Reasonable prices, but make sure you check out the times/tickets etc as you have to queue for tickets on a first come first serve basis for the... more »
If you want to feel like a kid again this is the place to visit! It's a surreal experience, like walking into a whole different universe! If you have a chance get on the elephant for a pretty awesome walk around the island. If you want to feel little an ant just walk next to it!
Overall a cool experience. You get to see all the machine they build in their workshop and is demonstrate. There were some funny sketch when they perform the tour but you have to understand French to get it... The elephant was cool, and pretty much the best thing here.
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