France has always been one of the world’s most popular destinations for international tourists – in fact, it welcomed more visitors last year than any other country in the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
Part of what makes the country so popular is the sheer variety of holidays on offer, from lounging in the sun on golden beaches in the south of France, taking a historic tour of the Normandy beaches in the north, or spending a cosmopolitan shopping break in the heart of Paris.
As a result, it’s a popular choice for families, with a wide range of attractions suitable for both children and adults, from the Eiffel Tower to the sun-drenched promenades of Nice. So if you’re planning on taking your children to France next summer, here are six fantastic attractions for children. If you’re looking for even more choices, check out this beautiful and in-depth guide to France.
- Disneyland Paris
The most obvious attraction for families, this world-famous theme park is a must visit. The downside is that it’s not particularly cheap and it can be extremely busy during the summer months.
- Asterix Park Paris
If you’re looking for a Disney alternative, then Asterix Park might be a good option. Full of fun for all the family, it’s based on the stories of the much loved Asterix The Gaul character.
- The Train A Vapeur des Cevennes
Want something a little different? Then this 13km steam-train ride through the Gordons valley might be a good option. The final stop is also the perfect location for a family picnic in the sunshine.
- Paris Zoological Park
Formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoo, this gorgeous park features a wide range of animals, insects, reptiles and more, and is a great option for children of all ages.
- Aquarium La Rochelle
Sticking with the nature theme, this family-owned aquarium in La Rochelle is beautifully kept and boasts an impressive array of marine life, all of which is extremely well looked after.
If water parks are more your thing, then head for this all-year-round attraction with a beautiful tropical theme. It’s a great option for a big family too, as it has kids pools, fun pool, water slides and even saunas for the adults to relax.