14 Jan 5 Theme Parks in France Your Kids Won’t Want to Miss
There’s a reason that Disneyland Paris is the most well-known theme park in all of France. It’s spellbinding, enchanting surroundings will bring wonder and awe to children of all ages. With breath-taking parades, family-friendly rides and the chance to meet Minnie and Mickey Mouse, it’s no surprise that Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in Europe. You and the family can take a trip down to Pocahontas’ Indian Village, spin about on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups or help Buzz Lightyear in his laser quest. As the sun sets on your magical adventure, you can see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle come to life with lasers, fireworks and a unique telling of the Disney classic stories.
If you’re looking for something a little different during your stay in France, then the historical theme park, Puy du Fou will be right up your street. Throughout the day, you can watch gladiator’s battle and chariots race in an authentic Roman stadium. Enjoy witnessing British and French armies fight in a medieval castle in the heart of a forest or be a part of the intense battles amongst the Vikings. In between shows, the kids can have fun at the jumping water jets or pick their own vegetable in the quaint 18th Century village. The park is located in the heart of the Vendée region of Western France and is less than an hour drive from the cities of Nantes and Angers.
If the thoughts of roller coasters and being thrown 50ft into the air make your stomach churn, then fear not, Futuroscope is the ideal place for you and your family. Situated just 10km north of the city of Poitiers, Futuroscope is the perfect spot for those who wish to experience the thrill of a theme park, but without feeling faint. Combining a mixture of motion simulators, 3D and 4D theme rides, there is no room for boredom at Futuroscope. The Little Prince is a 4D experience your kids will not want to miss. Special effects such as ground vibration, rain, clouds, smoke and the sensation of falling are just some of the thrills you can expect during your day out. A stress-free day out is guaranteed, as there is a direct route to the park via TGV.
Centrally located just 30km from the city of Paris, The Astérix Park is the perfect blend of rollercoasters and amusements. With five different worlds for you and the kids to explore, you can spend the whole day immersed in Egypt, The Roman Empire or Ancient Greece, to name but a few. For the adrenaline seekers in your family, the park also boasts the biggest wooden rollercoaster in Europe, the jaw-dropping Goudurix winding rollercoaster. On a warm, sunny day you can cool off on one of the many water-based theme rides or face an incoming ‘storm’ on a swing boat. The younger children won’t be left out either. One third of the total attractions in The Astérix Park are catered to suit children under 6 years old so families of all ages can enjoy what it has to offer.
Has your child ever dreamt of becoming an astronaut? That dream could become a reality with a day visit to Space City, located just a 15min drive from Toulouse’s city centre. Visitors can travel on board the MIR Space Station, an exact replica of the well-known Russian space station used for ground testing. As well as that, your family can lead a space mission, take control of a spacecraft, build your own rocket or practice your moonwalking. Watch their eyes light up as they walk towards the Ariane 5 Rocket, the giant life-sized rocket that reaches up to 53m in height. For the adults then, marvel at the Planetarium or sit back and enjoy a screening in the IMAX theatres.
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