Top 5 family attractions in France

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Visiting France with your family can be an awesome experience, but like with any family trip, you need to decide in advance where to go. Traveling with kids is more difficult than solo or couple travel, because they get bored easily, and unless you want to put up with their whining you had better make sure you’re taking them someplace interesting. Fortunately, there is no lack of family-friendly destinations in France, so you can plan your itinerary before you go. Here are the top 5 family attractions in France.

Swimming in the Alps

The mere idea o swimming in the Alps will appeal to adults and kids alike – after all, who wouldn’t like to take a refreshing dip with the snow-capped mountains as a backdrop? You won’t have to freeze to death for it either, because the Plan d’eau biotope artificial lake is located at the base of the mountains, near Chamonix. The 1500 square meter lake has a small waterfall, a little stream and lots of aquatic plants.

Nuits des Musees

As a rule kids don’t like to go to bed early, so if you want to indulge them during your trip to France, you can do so on May 15, on the Nuit des Musees, a night when you can visit many museums in France for free. From 7 pm to 1 am you can stroll into any museum you like (there are several hundred museums who participate, so you’ll surely find one you like).

Futuroscope

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If you want to take your kids to a theme park but you’ve had enough of the saccharine entertainment of Disney World, you can kindle their interest in science at this great theme park near Poitiers. Futuroscope offers the traditional array of thrilling rides, as well as some educational programmes such as a virtual evolutionary journey that will show you what kinds of animals will be roaming the planet in a few million years.

Parc Argonne

Parc Argonne in the Ardennes is the perfect combination of nature, adventure and education, and adults enjoy it just as much as kids do. You can visit an actual pack of wolves, and take a peek into their daily lives; you can let your kids jump around on an oversized hammock in the woods, or visit the Nocturnia exhibition that will teach you more about the lives of nocturnal animals. Who says the top 5 family attractions in France cannot be educational?

Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris

The Jardin d’Acclimatation is a 20 hectare children’s amusement park with a menagerie, a museum and several other attractions located in the Bois de Boulogne. The park was opened in the 1860s by Emperor Napoleon III, and since then, it has been hugely successful with children and adults alike. The attractions include an archery range, house of mirrors, miniature-golf course, narrow-gauge train, pony ride, puppet theater and science and art museums.

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