France is one of the countries where everyone can really find something for themselves. Recently, amusement parks have become a destination for many travelers. In addition to the famous Disneyland, you will find a number of similarly large attractions that deserve your visit. Introducing the best amusement parks in France!
Who doesn’t know Mickey’s favorite Mouse, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Tarzan, or Beauty, and the Beast? The world of Walt Disney, which for many has become a symbol of the world of fairy tales and the realm of fulfilled dreams, can be found, among other things, on the outskirts of Paris. We are talking about the Disneyland theme park, which is visited by millions of young and old visitors every year.
Disney’s first magic kingdom opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California, and since 1992 it can be found on the old continent, France. Disneyland Paris is a wonderful place for children and adults alike, with over 50 amazing attractions, shows, and shows on an area of more than 600 hectares. It is the largest amusement park in Europe.
Disneyland also includes Walt Disney Studio Park, where you can watch animated films, tricks, and effects from the creators of the television world under the hood. It doesn’t matter if you are five or fifty, if you still have the soul of a child, embark on a world of fantasy, fairy tales, and adventures.
2. Asterix Parc
Follow in the footsteps of the guys Asterix and Obelix, who successfully resisted the Roman legions with the magic potion of the magician Panoramix. The creators of the theme park Parc Astérix bet on their popularity, and it paid off!
Parc Asterix is located in Plailly, about 30 km north of Paris, and is, like the slightly more famous Disneyland entertainment center, where the whole family can enjoy themselves. The magical world dedicated to two popular heroes offers a total of 35 different attractions, a dolphinarium, and a unique dolphin show in six thematically focused sections!
3. La Mer de Sable
La Mer de Sable is a French family theme park, the “neighbor” of the Parc Astérix – the distance between them is only 6 km as the crow flies. The park is located in the heart of the Ermenonville forest, about 60 km northwest of Paris.
The history of the park dates back to 1963, but in its current form, the park was opened to visitors in 2005, when it was owned by the Compagnie des Alpes – a network of several amusement parks and other recreational facilities in Europe (eg Futuroscope, Walibi Rhône Alpes, and Walibi Belgium).
It is another amusement park that your children will thank you for visiting. Not only will they have a lot of fun here, but they will also learn something. In addition to carousels, roller coasters, and other attractions, there is also the opportunity to see a small farm or the Wild West.
4. Les Machines de I’ile – inspired by Jules Verne
If you are tired of classic amusement parks, you can visit the newly opened Les Machines de I’ile, an extraordinary park that does not attract classic amusement attractions, but giant mechanical animals, whose dimensions and appearance seem a bit bizarre. The idea of an extraordinary amusement park with mechanical machines connected the most famous things the city in which the park is located had. Writer Jules Verne and the crumbling shipyard.
If you come here and read one of Verne’s books, then you can very easily connect your ideas with the machines that are here. You will be able to ride a giant elephant or spider, pet a giant Chinese dragon or ride an animal carousel in a fairly non-standard design. Instead of a cute pony, you climb into the mouth of an ugly toothy fish.
The amazing world of dolphins, orcas, sea lions, walruses, penguins, and polar bears awaits you in Marineland Park in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, not far from the French town of Antibes. You will be captivated by the show of dolphins, orcas, sea lions, and walruses. You can not miss the polar bears and the penguin pavilion. In addition to unique shows, a huge aquarium with magical underwater life, a maritime museum with ship models, and many other attractions await you.
You will experience a fantastic experience in an impressive 30-meter-long shark tunnel, where you will have an unusual opportunity to observe three species of sharks. The tougher ones can even dive into them! For a small surcharge, you can also get close to a dolphin or a sea lion, and water lovers will also enjoy themselves. The area includes the Aquasplash water park with many water slides, slides, and other water attractions for young and old, a stone’s throw from the beach of the Mediterranean. The advantage is that you can freely switch between parks.
6. Le Parc du Petit Prince
The gates of Le Parc du Petit Prince near Mulhouse were first opened on July 1, 2014. The park covers 24 hectares and features original decors inspired by the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. All the attractions and performances are as if cut from the world of the Little Prince.
The park presents three main themes: flying and astronomy, traveling from planet to planet, and meeting animals and nature. Here you will experience the Little Prince in 4D, a snake roller coaster, or an amazing water track with a ten-meter descent. You will easily find here everything that Exupéry’s work contains.
A slightly different form of entertainment is offered by the Futuroscope theme park located 350 kilometers from Paris. For more than ten years, it has been presenting the most modern achievements of audiovisual technology in an entertaining way.
And what can you imagine under this name? Especially megalomaniac canvases that you will not understand at a glance, 3D rides with 4D effects, unique activities such as dancing with robots or a gigantic laser show, and many other unusual experiences. It can be said that Futuroscope is such a multimedia business card for the future, intended primarily for those who prefer unique audiovisual experiences to adrenaline.
8. Le Puy du Fou
Not all theme parks are necessarily about roller coasters and carousels. This is confirmed by the very untraditional and original amusement park Puy du Fou, which can be found in western France near the city of Nantes. It was even voted the best amusement park in the world in 2012. It is unique in that it is unlike any other park.
Once you enter it, you will become part of the historical world of Vikings, Romans, Knights of the Round Table, or Musketeers. You will travel through centuries of history in a wonderfully preserved landscape with more than 130 species of animals. The main attraction of the park is period performance, during which you will experience first-hand car races at the Galloom Stadium, circus games in which gladiators and beasts wage a heroic fight, and many other large-scale performances.
However, the best does not come until after dark, when a giant performance of La Cinéscénie takes place, which will excite you and amaze you with its greatness. The breathtaking plot takes place on an incredible 23-hectare stage with the participation of more than 1,200 actors with 8,000 costumes, so at times you won’t know where to look.