Camping in France with the Kids: Our Top 5 Activities in the Poitou-Charente Region
Are you looking for a unique experience camping in France with your kids? If so, read on to learn about camping in Poitou-Charente.
What better way to enjoy some family bonding, than by camping?
Poitou-Charente, France is the perfect location - filled with gorgeous scenery and tons of activities for the whole family. Keep reading to discover the top 10 activities to do with kids when camping in Poitou-Charente.
1. See Some Monkeys
The Vallee De Singe is a monkey park in Poitou-Charente. You and your family will meet 34 different species of monkies here who get to swing freely throughout the park.
Be sure to get there early! Feeding time starts at 10 a.m. and some of the monkeys can be hand fed, so you won't want to miss out on this experience.
If they need to let off some steam, there are several kid-friendly activities in the Vallee De Singe, including playgrounds and a farm full of alpacas, dwarf goats, black-silk hens, and more.
Perhaps the best part is that this fun and educational activity is affordable, too. Adult tickets are 20 euros while kids under 12 get in for 14 euros.
2. Check Out the Crocodiles
Crocodile Planet has 6 different tanks that house about 200 different species of animals, including caimans, alligators, and - of course - crocodiles.
There's also an adventure game for hands-on fun. Your kids will come across an adventure scientist's laboratory. By tinkering with his unusual instruments, they'll dive deeper into his quest to find a lost world filled with real and mythical creatures.
Tickets for Crocodile Planet (including the scientist adventure) are only 12 euros for adults and 8 euros for children ages 5-10.
3. Go to Le Puy Du Fou
The park of Le Puy Du Fou is made up of almost 30 villages, each inspired by a different time period, such as a medieval city, a Renaissance castle, and a late 1700s expedition ship.
Your children will get to use their imagination to face treacherous seas, fight Vikings, and even face ghosts.
But the real can't-miss activity here is Cinescenie. This 1 hour and 40-minute show has 2,000 actors, special lighting effects, and 3D projections to make it come to life.
One-day tickets start at 35 euros for adults and 25 euros for children. However, if you want to witness Cinescenie, you'll want to get a combo ticket which is 56 euros for adults and 44 euros for children.
4. Head Over to Chouette Land
If you could use a break from rambunctious kids, find a camping spot near Chouette Land.
Chouette Land has tons of inflatable structures so kids can try their hand at riding a mechanical bull, sumo suit wrestling, or just bounce to their heart's content in one of the other dozen inflatable structures.
There's also a pedal kart track where 24 kids can race at once. Tickets are only 8.90 euros for children ages 3 to 12, 6.50 euros for children under 3, and free for adults.
5. Visit Futuroscope
Futuroscope is a popular amusement park with a futuristic theme.
You can dance with robots and explore science-fiction worlds on their several rides and rollercoasters. There are also four different shows that really help this park come to life.
Family tickets for one day start at 63 euros per person, but the park offers many multi-day ticket options to help you save money for longer stays. So, make sure you find a campsite nearby, so you can go back for more.
6. Go Canoeing or Kayaking
The River Tardoire is one of the best places to do enjoy an afternoon of canoeing or kayaking.
You'll enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you float through the city of Montbron. You'll pass castles from the 12th and 19th century and restored mills from the 20th century.
Maison du Canoe is a great place to book this adventure through as their prices are affordable. Just be sure to make reservations in advance if you're planning to travel during peak summer months.
7. Try White Water Rafting
They don't call the banks of the Gartempe river the "gates to the rocks of hell" for nothing.
Yakone is a great tour operator to use for this adrenaline-pumping adventure. Children as young as 6 can enjoy white water rafting with their family, and boats hold up to 7 people so everyone can ride together.
Prices run 30 euros for adults and 25 euros for children and students. But you can take 5 euros off that cost if you plan to travel during the week or have a group of 10 people or more.
8. Visit Les Lacs de Haute Charente
The best part about camping around Les Lacs de Haute Charente is that you'll never run out of things to do. You can go boating, water skiing, sunbathing, horseback riding, hiking, and more.
If you're looking for something to get your heart racing, check out the Adventure Park in Massignac. You'll find bungee jumping, zip lining, and various adventure courses for adults and children of all ages
A ticket to access all the courses is 39 euros for adults and 22 euros for teenagers. Kids tickets range from 9 to 16 euros depending on age.
9. Play a Game a Goolfy
Goolfy takes mini golf to the next level by offering a full 18-hole neon-lit mini golf course. Each section of the course has an all-encompassing design with 3D neon sculptures and murals painted on the wall.
Tickets are only 8 euros for adults, 7 euros for students, and 6 euros for kids. If you want to turn this into a full day (and don't mind paying a little extra), other activities are also available on the premises, including archery and a kart racing arcade game.
10. Soak Up The Sun at Ile de Re
Although Ile de Re attracts a large number of visitors, it still maintains a remote and relaxing atmosphere. You can sunbath on the soft sandy beaches or enjoy water sports, like sailing and stand up paddle boarding, in the calm waters.
Don't forget to visit Saint Martin-de-Re. This UNESCO-listed village boasts chic boutiques, amazing cafes, and world-class restaurants. Don't forget to visit the Clocher Observatory, where you can get an amazing view and explore a piece of history for only 2.5 euros per person.
What to Do When Camping in Poitou-Charente with Kids
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