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On this page there are details of various places to visit followed by  Zoos, Aquariums and a selection of leisure parks. Please take the time to scroll down as there are so many things for young people to do and some are really unique and extremely interesting.  Go to Calendar Page for Lists and Dates of Events in Brittany.  Many of the Fetes are wonderful fun for families.  Go to Fireworks for dates of the 14th July events and other future displays.    

 

To find out about Beach Clubs for Children go to the Fédération Nationale des Clubs de Plage (FNCP)  site where all the clubs are listed.  The Club activities include organised games, table tennis, trampolines, etc.....

Find out about the River Rance    See also Beaches of Brittany for beach activities 

Above all find out about the splendid Station Kid Resorts for Children. Go to Station Kid Page

 

This page is continually being updated and we hope to add even more information.    Please check opening times as the venues may change these from those published. 

 

You may see repetitions as we are trying to organise the attractions into categories but sometimes these overlap should a Chateau also be a zoo, park and playground.

 

Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branféré Zoo, particularly famous for its giraffes, set in 5 hectares of beautiful parkland which is a part of the Chateau.  Guided visits of the Chateau.  Displays of "haut vol" birds flying such as parrots, herons, pelicans etc perform an aerial ballet.  Area where children can touch and stroke domestic animals such as donkeys, ponies, goats

Area devoted to the Preservation of the Environment. with the theme "Sans nature, pas du futur"  -Without nature there is no future. Branféré receives animals threatened with extinction.

Restaurant,  bar and group meals are catered for. Picnic Area.  Souvenir Shop.  Open:  February, March, October, November

April, May, June, September Open every day 1.30 to 4.00 Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5.p.m. and weekends, public holdiays10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July and August open every day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Le Guerno Morbihan South Brittany Tel: 0033 297429466 www.branfere.com

 

 

Le Croisic Really in the Loire Atlantique and Nor Brittany but as it is so close to Nantes and just east of  La Baule mentioned here.  Le Croisic is a peninusla.  Apart from exploring the area  child friendly attractions are:

Ocearium du Croisic  which is an Activity Aquarium  with 45 Aquariums an attractions such as an underwater tunnel where one can see fish such as sharks and winged rays swimming around you.  Use a microscope to look at plankton etc.  Meals: RestaurantOpen: February to end of May: 10-12 and 2-6  June to August 10-7 September to 14 November 10-12 and 2-614 November to 17 December 2-6 Christmas Holidays 10-12, 2-6

Avenue de Saint-Goustan

44490 Le Croisic

Tel 0033249232293

www.ocearium-croisic.fr

 

Espace Escargots (Snail breeding farm) - yes really!   - where you can see snails developing, sold and taste them.  Depends on you and your children as to whether you visit this.

Meals:  You have guessed it!

Open Year Round from Monday to Saturday 10h00-12h30 14h30-18h30

Espace Escargots - Rue des Becs Salés - BP92 44490 Le Croisic Tel/Fax 02 40 15 79 69 www.espace-escargots.com

 

Centre Aqualudique Aquabaie  The biggest swimming pool in Brittany.  Open everyday but will be exceptionally closed between 1st to 28th September. 4 euros per adult and 3 euros for children.   St Brieuc

 

l'Ange Michel Recreational park, not far from Mont St Michel, where one can take part in a variety of sports including horse and pony riding, go-karting, tobogganing, rodeo, bowling, billiards, quad bikes and trampolining. Enjoy the Bubble Pool, the Aqua park,  bird and floral parks.  You can drag the kids around Mont St Michel with the promise of this! St Martin des Landelles

 

Base Nature de La Ville: in St Brieuc   Games for children in a farm with animals such as rabbits, hens, pigs and goats…

 

Cobac Parc at Lanhelin - Water slides, Horses, little Train, Children's Island, Mini Golf, Animal Museum, Children's Visit, Goat Island, Bird Park, 200 metres of games for children under cover (the games not the children), Bouncy castles galore, Rodeo, Video games etc!  There is a lot for children to do here and a few hours can be spent.  Onsite snack type restaurant www.cobac-parc.fr

 

Goat Farm at Plerguer just outside Dol de Bretagne - and other animals including Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs, Ouessant Sheep and Dogues de Bordeaux are there. Dine there - most dishes are Goat's milk based and include Goat's cheese salad and Desserts

 

Labyrinthes (Mazes)  Dinan has one of these made in a corn field as does St Malo - Labyrinthe du Corsaire at La Passagière, Route de Quelmar, which is said to be one of the biggest in Europe. Other entertainments for the children unless you lose them are bouncy castles, a mini farm and games.  There is also a cafeteria.

 

Go - Karting - many locations including Les Nielles at Saint-Meloir des Ondes close to  Cancale on the road to Mont St. Michel.

 

Parc de Préhistoire de Bretagne  at Malansac - between Vannes and Redon -   Prehistoric parc full of dinosaurs, cave men in their natural environment. 5 lakes and 40m cliffs. Discover history with 30 different scenes.  56220 Malsanac Tel: 0033297433417 www.prehistoire.com  The beautiful towns of Rochefort en Terre and Malestroit are close by

 

Planète Sauvage   Visit Africa in France to be found south-west of Nantes.  Enter by car or travel around by Safari Bus.  All sorts of things interesting to children such as face painting. There is a Bush Village, Monkey Forest, Marine City, Reptiles etc. The animals are real!   Port St Père www.planetesauvage.com

 

La Ferme Fleurie is at St Juvat - is a restaurant where there are 300 farmyard animals.  Meals served are traditional Breton dishes as well as more common ones. St Juvat is known as the Flower Town and in summer is glorious.    

 

Radome the Telecommunications Museum  is  just down the coast from Perros-Guirrec. .  Very interesting history of communication from the first underground cable to the world of internet plus a virtual reality centre.  www.leradome.com

 

Le Bourbansais Château et Parc Zoologique de La Bourbansais - Great for all the family.  Big zoo. Lovely gardens.  Guided tour of parts of the chateau.  Displays of falconry and the huge and well trained hunting dogs of the cheateau with horsemen.  35720 Pleugueneuc Tél. 33 0(2) 99 69 40 07

 

Perros Guerrec Very child friendly.  It has a "Station Kid" rating.  The French equivalent of a Michelin Star for being a particularly child friendly resort. There are not many resorts in France with this accolade.  Each year, the Perros-Guirec Tourist Office of publishes a magazine for children with cartoon strips and information which offers children information about sports, culture, leisure and entertainment activities.

They offer among other things - Wait for it .........

Beach Clubs

Bird sanctuary

Mini golf

Miniature port

Municipal leisure centre

Planetarium

Seawater Aquarium

Surf-boarding

Table tennis...

Telecommunications museum

Wax museum  

to see all about it go to their web page

 

Le Petit Mont Saint Michel Cliftop attraction in the Bay of Mont Saint Michel.  his is a miniature version of the original and can be seen whilst walking along a cliff top walking area. There are other attractions at the venue including pedal cars,  bouncy castles, trampolines and other games.  There are also "fun bikes" to ride such as penny-farthings. Le Petit Mont Saint Michel  is open at weekends and public holidays during April,  May, June and September and open every day in July and August. Sant Marcan Route de Saint-Malo par la cote Tel +33 2 99802215

 

 Zoos

 

Château et Parc Zoologique de La Bourbansais Chateau with zoo and gardens.  Visits to the Chateau are charged extra.  Displays of falconry, horses and hounds and animal feeding such as giraffes.  Lots to see and good fun.  Many bouncy castles not far from the Chateau - perhaps a reward for good behaviour when viewing the interior of the Chateau! www.zoo-bourbansais.com

Parc Ornithologique de Bretagne in Bruz: Collection of exotic birds living in bonatical and flower gardens.  Displays of a great variety of budgerigars and parrots, multicoloured pheasants, ducks, geese, swans, birds of prey, touracos, emus and ibis. 

Le Jardin aux Papillons in Vannes: Hundreds of exotic butterflies (from Papua, the Philippines, Madagascar…) are flying free in a tropical atmosphere. 

Aligator Bay - Reptilarium du Mont Saint-Michel: Indoor centre 1000m2 of displays featuring 200 crocodiles, lizards and snakes in a setting with tunnels, ladders, glass pyramids…In 6000 m2 of landscaped gardens observe 300 tortoises of twenty different species in natural enclosures and ponds. 

Parc Zoologique de la Bourbansais in Pleugueneuc: Historic estate of more than 100 hectares with animals from all 5 continents: giraffes, tigers, lions, ostriches, zebras, panthers, lynx, pumas, monkeys, dromedaries, kangaroos….. 

Parc de Tréffendel: It is a combination of leisure park, zoo and circus.   

Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branféré in Le Guerno: Botanical safari park with animals from around the world.  You can feed the animals at the “Meet the animals” corner. 

Ferme du Monde in Carentoir: 400 livestock animals from all continents living in semi-wild: yaks, zebus, woolly pigs… At the children’s farm you can stroke the animals or have a pony ride. www.lafermedumonde.com

Le Grand Parc de Quebriac - Zoo, Water-park, Nature Museum, Daily Magic Show , area where children can play with animals,.  Quebriac is close to Tinténiac and Becherel on the way to Rennes. www.zooloisirs.com

Terrarium et Vivarium de Kerdanet in Plouagat: Discover reptiles of France: pythons, boas, cobras…

 

Aquariums  

Océanopolis in Brest: This is a huge aquarium  and divided into 3 different areas - the  Polar Area, Tropical Area and the temperate waters of Brittany and these are really comprehensive.  The Polar area even has penguins and seals and the Tropical area sharks.  Voyage through the oceans of the world with 10 000 creatures.  New: display with penguins and polar seals … 

Le Grand Aquarium -  Just outside St. Malo.  The aquarium is interesting and educational and there are lots of things apart from the fish to amuse children.  Touchy feely area, if you are brave enough to stroke the fish.  Tel: +33(0)2 99 21 19 00

L’Aquarium d’Audierne: Large collection of fresh and seawater fish of the Breton coast.  You can even dive into the giant pool and find yourself in the middle of a small armoured vessel, sunk decades and now inhabited by creatures such as bull sharks.  

Aquarium de Vannes: Collections of tropical fish, but also piranhas, sharks…

Ocearium du Croisic  - really in Loire Atlantique but very close to Brittany border - is an Activity Aquarium  with 45 Aquariums ad attractions such as an underwater tunnel where one can see fish such as sharks and winged rays swimming around you.  Use a microscope to look at plankton etc. 

Meals: Restaurant

Open:

February to end of May: 10-12 and 2-6

June to August 10-7

September to 14 November 10-12 and 2-6

14 November to 17 December 2-6

Christmas Holidays 10-12, 2-6

Leisure Parks in Brittany

 Labyrinthe du Corsaire in Guidel: one of the biggest labyrinths in Europe: strategy games, bouncy castles, puzzles, obstacles… 

 Coëtarlann Aventures in Nivillac: Magnificient valley where it is possible move around  from treetop to treetop supervised by professional staff .

Port miniature de la forêt de Villecartier in Antrain :1, 000 hectare forest where you can become a ship’s captain for a day.  You can learn to pilot these scale replicas of ferry-boats, tugs and paddle steamers.  On the site: educational tours, pedalos and picnic area 

Domaine de Trémelin in Iffendic: Natural, wooded site covering 220 hectares around a lake with water sports and leisure pursuits for all: pedal-boats, boats, play areas, quad bikes, forest adventure park, small train, walks, bar, restaurant, Gites reception and summer events. 

Jeux et sports traditionnels de Bretagne in Monterfil: Discover 25 of the 75 games and sports recorded in Brittany.  Festivals, various activities and rallies for scholl or leisure groups… 

Aquatides in Loudeac: 700 m2 of aqua-pool with Giant waterslides, swirling river…. And an adventure play area for the very young with fountain, paddling pool and mini pool. 

Labyrinthe du Corsaire in St Malo: same as in Guidel 

Labyrinthe Végétal de Paimpol: Discoveries, riddles, puzzles and surprises guide through this unique labyrinth.   

Armoripark in Bégard: Safari park and garden, three water slides to enjoy at the outdoor and indoor pool, 130 m toboggan ride, bumper boats, pedal-boats, mini-golf and other open-air activities 

Centre de Découverte de Son in Cavan: In the heart of a wooded valley, follow a magical path, listening to and creating sounds. 

La Recré des 3 Curés in Milizac: 12 hectares of park around a lake.  An outing on the lake, dodgem boats, giant waerslides, trampolines, soft play mountains, go-karts, mini-bikes and 3000m2 of indoor activities with adventure trails, scenic railway, mini farm and river splash. 

Parc de Loisirs de Bel Air Land in Landudec: In a wooded site, giant water-chute, ball pool, bouncy castle, summer toboggan slope, foam mountain, trampolines, acrobatic roundabout, pedal go-karts, miniature golf, and a miniature Mississippi steamboat.  A little train runs all around the park + picnic area. 

Paradis aquatique les Balnéides in Fouesnant: The longest water slide in Brittany.  Tropical décor, water at 29o, giant water chute, water cannons, paddling pool and mini slides.  Massage, jets, Jacuzzis, water gym for fitness and relaxation. 

Parc Odet Loisirs in Elliant: Seven hectares of walks, relaxation in a landscape valley beside a lake: ball pool, bouncy castle, trampoline, monkey bridge, cable slide, pedalos, rowing boats, giant billiards.. 

Parc Aquanature le Stérou in Priziac: 70 hectares of parkland with a herd of 140 deer wandering in this legendary landscape.   Freshwater fish breeding, fishing, walking trails, guided tours, off-road driving, horse riding and carriage rides.   

Piscine Municipale Vanocea: 650 m2 pool with a 65 m water-slide, diving pool, bubble beds, paddling pool, fun pool, fitness room and saunas.   

Port Miniature de St Malo Beignon in Guer: On the edge of Brocéliane forest, set sail in scale modesl of a ferry, trawler, Mississippi steamboat and tug.  Play areas, picnic sites, kayak and pedal-boat hire. 

Univers du Poète Ferrailleur in Lizio: A local artist invented moving water and musical sculptures, automata, comical dream machines and startling fountains. 

Le parc du Roi MorvanLe parc du Roi Morvan, in Lanvenegen.  There are plenty of activities not only for children but also for adults.