There are lots of attractions to see in the
Loire but families with children realise that that they require something more
than Châteaux to keep their interest. Over the last 10 years the tourist
industry has become aware of the need to entertain the children on holiday and
there are now many activities that are either solely for families or
attractions that have an area of interest to children. Zoos are ever popular with children, and adults, and
offer an ever changing scene to the visitor.
Bioparc Doue-la-Fountaine is one of the best in Europe and uses the old caves where the tofu was quarried to house in excess of 500 animals.
Zoo La Fleche; There are 800 wild animals here
and also a museum.
Parc du Futuroscope, which is approximately one and a half hours drive
away, in Poitou-Charentes, this is a space-age park on 148 acres with rides,
films and games to suit thrill seekers of all ages.
Puy de Fou; A theme park with a difference, Puy de
Fou is situated in the Vendee, between Cholet and La-Roche-sur-Yon, there is so
much to see and experience here from Jousting, Chariot racing, recreated
gladiatorial combats, to interactive displays, workshops and the new
authentically recreated 1900’s village, definitely not to be missed is the
amazing Cinescenie, a finely choreographed action display in the open air
performed by actors set to cinema-quality-sound, then in the evening the
spectacular Son-et-Lumiere, - simply outstanding.
Lulu Parc- in Rochecorbon near Tours - Ideal for
children from 3 yrs onwards, this is a park full of inflatables some with water
also has trampolines and other attractions, from beginning of July there is a
snack bar – grills, salads, &
Aquarium de Val de Loire is Europe's biggest fresh water aquarium. Here you can see some of the giant species that live in the Loire also tropical fish, turtles, alligators, piranhas and even sharks from around the world.
All the family will enjoy walking around this
lovely park filled with miniature replicas of the magnificent chateaux of the
Loire. A model railway runs around the chateaux, through the countryside
and over the streams