If you’re looking for a family holiday in the south of France, there is so much adventure to be had, even crossing the channel via ferry or the Eurotunnel is a great way to begin, especially for kids! When planning a road trip through France, there is ample opportunity to break up the journey from Calais in the north, with many choices of places to stop on the way before you settle into your chosen destination for a week or two.
There are many holiday resorts in France such as the luxurious Pierre & Vacances holiday villages, that are specifically designed for families. Not only do they have fantastic waterparks on site, as well as kids’ clubs and golf courses, but also offer family accommodation in stylish apartments and holiday homes.
If it were up to Monkey, we’d spend all day in a waterpark. Whenever we go on holiday, a visit to one is always on the agenda and whether you have younger children or teenagers, waterparks are a great day out for the whole family. And what’s not to love? From exhilarating slides and relaxing lazy rivers, to splash and play for little ones as well as obstacle courses, water-loving thrill-seekers can’t get enough.
But what if you’re not lucky enough to have a waterpark in the vicinity of your French holiday resort or accommodation – or you fancy visiting one during your French road trip? Here are some of the wettest and wildest waterparks in France…
Aquariaz is a water park in France like no other. Set in the French mountain resort of Avoriaz in the heart of the Portes du Soleil near the Swiss border, Aquariaz majestically combines lush natural vegetation with large pools – and you’ll feel like you’re swimming in the tropics. The river has a gentle current, while the Water Playhouse is great for younger kids – not only is it bright and colourful, but there are plenty of mini water slides, water guns and geysers to amuse them, as well as a huge tipping bucket and a paddling pool. For the more adventurous, the Sidewinder is where brave swimmers sit in a rubber tube and slide down a halfpipe at an amazingly fast speed! Meanwhile, massage benches and jacuzzis provide relaxation for mums and dads while the children have tons of watery fun.
Aquariaz 142 Route des Rennes 74110 Avoriaz; Tickets in Summer from €6 for kids and €9 for adults
Somewhat of a cross between Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior UK, AquaPark is on the beautiful Biscarrosse Lake in Port Maguide in south-west France. A gargantuan inflatable obstacle course right on the lake offers a plethora of different activities including a huge climbing wall, zip wires, trampolines and a catapult! Will anyone in your family be able to make it across the giant red balls? Although the main course is only for children over eight years of age, there is also a little AquaPark for kids who are over five.
AquaPark Port Maguide, 18 Chemin de Maguide, 40600 Biscarrosse; Tickets from €8 for a one-hour session
Not far from Calais, Aqualud in Le Touquet is the largest waterpark north of Paris and has all manner of different slides including the Grand Canyon – a 90m long slide running around a central rock as well as an outdoor and indoor lagoon with wave machines and a lazy river. There’s even a hot tub for all ages located on the deck of a galleon ship.
Aqualud Boulevard Thierry Sabine, 62520 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage; Tickets from €14.90 per child and €19.50 per adult
Canyoning Park is not for the faint-hearted – and unfortunately not for children under 10. But why have we included it here? Well for starters, if you’re looking for an exhilarating experience of watery fun, adventure and outdoor physical pursuits then this is a waterpark in France with a difference. Set in a natural canyon in the Catalan-style old town of Argelès-sur-Mer near Spain, a day will consist of plenty of thrills and spills, from waterfall abseiling and rock slides, to zip wires and high jumps. And there’s no need to worry, you’re guided by highly-qualified instructors and given wetsuits and helmets for safety.
Canyoning Park Espace de Loisirs, 7 Impasse Copernic, 66700 Argelès-sur-Mer; Tickets from €26 per child and €30 per adult
*This is a collaborative post with Pierre & Vacances