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Dordogne

Day Trips for Kids in Dordogne

  • Walabi Aquitaine

    Recommended by Lynn Ward

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    Walabi Aquitaine is an open air theme park near Agen for children of all ages. There are a variety of rides and attractions as well as restaurants and theatre shows.
    (+33) 0553965832 walibiaq@cda-parks.com www.walabi-aquitaine.fr

    Comments
    “Great fun, in the warm weather.” (LW Dec 2010)

     

  • Z’animoland

    Recommended by Karen Bowen

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    Z’animoland is a lovely informal feeding zoo
    Ferme Exotique de Fontirou, Sarlat, 47340 MONBALEN (+33) 553412407 Jerome.maurette@orange.fr www.z-animoland.com

    Comments

    “The best kid’s day trip by far is Zanimoland!! Bouncy castles, animals to feed and a place to eat – what more could you ask for!!” (Karen Bowen Dec 2010)

    “We combined a morning and picnic at Z’animoland with the afternoon in the Grottes de Fontirou literally across the road. Great day out – the cave is nothing astounding, but a decent standard to satisfy younger children with plenty of stalactites and stalagmites. Z’animoland is a lovely informal feeding zoo and is particularly good in the summer with the water jet area and a lovely shady walk round to feed the animals.” (Victoria Sauron Dec 2010)
     

  • Canoeing Roquegeoffre

    Recommended by Lynn Ward

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    Canoeing Roquegeoffre offers you the chance to canoe through beautiful scenery.
    Port dEnveaux, 24220 St Vincent de Cosse (+33) 553295420 contact@canoe-roquegeoffre.com http://canoe-roquegeoffre.com

    Comments:
    “Near St Cyprien. Very beautiful route down the Dordogne, shallows great for swimming and lots of picnic points. Great day out.” (LW Dec 2010)
     

  • Lougratte Lake

    Recommended by Lynn Ward

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    The lake is open for swimming and other aquatic activities from the 15th of June until the 31st of August: Facilities include: Diving platform, water-slide, pedalos & canoes available to rent, fishing, beach volley-ball, children’s playground, snack bar, picnic areas and shaded parking.
    www.lougratte.com

    Comments
    “Between Castillonnés & Cancon. Cheap, fun day out. Café open June, July, August.” (LW, Dec 2010)

  • Jacquou Parc

    Recommended by Debbie Nichols

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    Activity park, theme park, water park and animal feeding farm
    "la Menuse" - D710 Mortemart 24260 Le Bugue/Vézèr jacquouparc@aol.com www.jacquouparc.com

    Comments:
    "Jacquou Parc on the main road to Le Bugue (just past the Wild Boar farm if you are coming from Perigueux) is one of these pay one price jobbies to stay all day. It has roundabouts, a kiddies train, a water park and piscine, place for picnics, a snack bar and some sad looking animals that probably need rescuing but a 3 yr old will think they are in paradise, my little one certainly did! Its open every weekend and also weekdays in July and August.” (DN June 2010)
     

  • Open Air Play Area and Activity Park

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

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    Plaine de la Filhole is a large open air play area and outdoor activity park near the Garonne river with cycle trails, play equipment, a BMX track, a skateboard park, picnic areas, pony rides in the summer. Completely free.
    47200 Marmande www.mairie-marmande.fr/fr/tourisme/filhole.htm .

    Comments:
    “In nice weather this is just lovely for all ages. In the various different areas the play equipment is brand new and excellent quality, suitable for all ages of child. The riverside setting is lovely as are the views of the bridge and church of Marmande, and the flat paths are ideal for cycling or walking dogs. The skate park and bike track are fairly well used and keep teenagers busy and happy. We also found a scented garden with plants, a bridge and waterfall, which they have tucked away! There is an animated video on the website which gives you an idea. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you can walk to the town centre in a couple of minutes. The big advantage is that it is all free including ample parking.” (VS Jan 2011)
     

  • Zoo de Mescoulès

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

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    Vivarium and reptile zoo with hands-on educational guided tour. Adult 7€, child from 3 to 12, 4€
    La Pleyssade 24240 MESCOULES (near Sigoulès between Eymet and Bergerac)
    (+33) 05 53 22 69 52 www.zoo-de-mescoules.com

    Comments
    “We weren’t sure what to expect from the outside, but inside was a charmingly done living reptile and animal zoo with stunning animals including two Nile crocodiles and a reticulated python the size of a man. We all were able to handle lizards, tortoises and baby snakes. What makes this visit special is the very knowledgeable guide, obviously passionate about her subject and lovely with children (we visited with a 5 year old and toddler). Full of fascinating anecdotes and facts for the adults, and all children from toddlers to teens would be impressed (our toddler was very pleased with the ‘crocos’ and we saw older teenage boys of around 15 genuinely fascinated and very chuffed to handle the animals). Definitely recommended and we will come back in a year or so when the planned extensions and renovations are done.” (VS, Feb 2011)
     

  • Boat Trips on the Canal

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

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    Emeraude Navigation Capitainerie offer boat trips on the canal.
    Halte nautique de Pont des Sables (near the Marmande exit on the A62 motorway) (+33) 05 53 89 16 85 emeraudenavigation@wanadoo.fr www.emeraude-navigation.com

    Comments
    “You can hire a little boat flexibly (an hour or two if you want) for a lovely relaxing shady float along the canal. You can make some interesting stops along the way, such as the Roman ruins and Rembrandt painting in Le Mas d’Agenais. Bring a picnic with strawberries for a lovely summer day out.” (VS, Mar 2011)

  • Le Thot - Espace Cro-Magnon

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

    Le Thot - Espace Cro-Magnon is a prehistoric museum and open air park.
    Mayol 24290 THONAC (+33) 0553507044 contact@semitour.com www.semitour.com/pages.php?p=LeThot&SID=f206597befe284775568dfe07032fb31

    Comments:
    “This is a good accompaniment to a visit to Lascaux. It explains a lot of the history and there is a large park with live versions of the prehistoric animals that are painted on the cave walls elsewhere in this region. It does make it more real for children. The exhibition is very good.” (VS, March 2011)
     

  • Prune Museum and Dedal’Prune

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

    Prune museum which offers tasting of prune products and a corn maze in the summer months with a treasure hunt for children.
    Musée du Pruneau, Ferme Bérino-Martinet, Granges sur Lot - 47320 LAFITTE sur LOT (+33) 0553840069 contact@musee-du-pruneau.com www.musee-du-pruneau.com/dedal_prune.html

    Comments:
    “Although a prune museum doesn’t perhaps sound particularly exciting (if you are trying to persuade guests, for instance!), it is actually great! The prune products of all types are delicious and the corn maze with treasure hunt is great for both adults and children – check first that the corn has grown high enough, as the maze is closed out of season. The museum is interesting but low-tech with dated waxwork figures.” (VS, March 2011)