If you're looking for things to do in France with your kids and you want an alternative to the beach in South France, give this a try. Hire canoes and canoe up the dramatic Gorges du Verdon. The water is cool, crystal clear and wonderful for swimming in during the hot South of France summer months. It makes an excellent alternative to the beach.
The South of France is generally regarded to have some of the best waterparks in Europe. You have a choice of 4 different water parks to choose from in Provence and the Cote d'Azur. Two of the waterparks are run by Aqualand (which seems to specialise in teenagers) and there are two good alternatives for smaller children.
Aquasplash is one of the newest water parks in France. It is located close to Nice on the Cote d'Azur coast. Aquasplash is part of a giant aquapark complex that also encompasses an Aquarium (Marineland), a children's theme park (Kids Island) and golf course. the park is well laid-out and seems to cater more for under 13 children. If you are looking for things to do in Nice, France, this summer, then Aquasplash can easily entertain your kids for the whole day.
Aqualand has 2 water parks on the Cote d'Azur in South France. There is the Aqua Park Frejus and the Aqualand Sainte-Maxime. We have visited the Frejus aqualand water park and this seems to be the biggest of the two water parks, with more slides and it is situated in a bigger park. Aqualand is generally regarded as running the best water parks in South of France, although the new Aquasplash water park near Nice is also supposed to be quite good.
If you are looking for things to do with the kids in Nice, France, then Park Phoenix, ecological park and zoo is a great choice. The zoo is situated in a large wood close to Nice airport on the outskirts of Nice. There is a giant lake with fountains and bidlife, as well as a giant greenhouse that accommodates the tropical plants. This zoo in Nice, France, is a great place to take the kids. You feel like you are in the middle of the countryside, even though you are still in the city borders.
Marineland aquarium is located just on the outskirts of Antibes, in between Nice and Cannes. It is a fullblown water complex encompassing an outdoor aqaurium, water park, kids adventure park and a golf course. Marineland itself is a very impressive aquarium with sea lions, penguins, polar bears, sharks and turtles all laid out in an impressive park. It is billed as one of the top aquariums in France, if not the world.
If you're looking to entertain your kids in the South of france this summer and you are looking for something with a bit of a difference, then the Ecopark Adventure park France could be for you. Set in dense forest in the hills above Toulon, Ecopark specialises in tree climbing adventures, encompassing abseiling, tree canopy walks and rope ladders. Whilst this may not be for those fearful of heights (like me!), this is great fun. It takes you back to being 10 years old again. Oh and the kids will enjoy it as well.
One of the best zoos in the South of France is located in the heart of Provence, in between Salon de Provence and Aix-en-Provence. Barben zoo is laid out amongst beautiful Provence countryside and encompasses over 9kms of trails. This zoo includes a wide range of animals from the usual suspects (lions, giraffes, bears and elephants) to some unique animals such as Lynx cats, Fennec foxes, Tufted Capuchin and Alpacas.
If you are looking for something a bit different that can entertain all ages during your family holiday in South France, then the Velorail at Sainte-Baume in the heart of Provence, is just perfect. So how to describe it?? Well if you remember watching those old Laurel & Hardy films where they used to get stuck on a railway line on an old bogey cart, then that is sort of like Velorail.
If you want a quieter alternative to Aqualand, then Speedwater Park located in between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence could be just the place for you. We took our kids here last summer (ages 16, 14 and 11). Basically, Speedwater is a cheaper version of Aqualand, but it is quieter and you will spend less time queueing for rides.