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Anduze  -  Gard (30140)

Trabuc Grotto - La Grotte de Trabuc

  • The largest underground cave complex in the Cévennes, with the 100'000 soldats (the thousand soldiers). The Michelin Green Guide gives this 2-stars, "Merits a detour".
  • Location: 6 km east of Saint Jean-du-Gard; 8 km northwest of Anduze. On the D50 road, 6 km northwest of Anduze and 2 km southeast of Mialet (by the Mas Soubeyran), a small road goes off to the north; follow the signs.
  • Tel: 0466 850 328, or 0468 682 420; Fax: 0468 261 075
  • Web: www.grottes-de-france.fr
  • 1 hour guided visits, begin about 10:15 Apr-Sept. Afternoons only March, Oct. Constant 14 degrees C (57 deg F).

    Another famous grotto, the Grotte de Dargilan, is located near Meyrueis, 40 km west of Saint Jean-du-Gard.

Steam Train of the Cévennes - Train à Vapeur des Cévennes

  • The Cevennes steam train pulling out This 40-minute steam train between Saint Jean-du-Gard and Anduze follows the magnificent forested valleys for 13 km along the Gardon river in the heart of the Cévennes.
  • Open: March: selected days; April-early Sept: daily; Sept to beginning Nov: daily except Monday. 3-4 trains a day. Check with their website (below) for details.
  • Entry: €9 one-way; €12 round-trip; dogs and bicycles €3.
  • Tel: 0466 605 900; Fax: 0466 605 909
  • Web: www.trainavapeur.com
  • Train schedules allow an easy round-trip voyage, or with stops of a few hours or even all day in either Saint Jean-du-Gard or Anduze.

    Special event trains every year: Wine Harvest in Sept; Chestnut day in Oct; Halloween Weekend; Fireworks night train 13 July, etc.

Le Cap d'Agde  -  Hérault (34300)

Cap d'Agde is the beach-area of the town of Agde. - 20 km east of Béziers; 50 km southwest of Montpellier.

Aquland Cap d'Agde


Carcassonne  -  Aude (11000)

Le Parc Austrlien

  • Western / Australian themed park for kids, with animals. Mini train.
  • Location: Chemin des Bartavelles, Montlegun; direction Lac de la Cavayère
  • Open: Summer, 10h30 - 19h.
  • Entry: €10.50; kids 4-11, €7.50
  • Tel: 0458 258 683, or 0607 070 683
  • Web: www.leparcaustralien.fr

Castans  -  Aude (11160)

35 km NNE of Carcassonne

Les Llamas

  • Les Lamas de la Montagne Noire. Also: mini rando (llama tours), €10/person.
  • Location: Route de Pradelles (D89), Castans; 35 km NNE of Carcassonne
  • Open: Daily, from 9h to sunset. Off season and school holidays, must reserve.
  • Entry: €5.50 adults; €2.00 kids 6-14.
  • Web: www.lamabalade.fr

Ganges  -  Hérault (34190)

Grotte des Demoiselles

  • Underground caverns, one called the Subterranean Cathedral, and equiped with Europe's first underground funiculaire (tram).
  • Open: All year. Guided Visits every hour, beginning at 10h. Nov-Feb and Mar-Oct, closed from 12h-14h. July-Aug, continuous starts for the 1-hr visit.
  • Entry: 8.80 € (2009)
  • Web: www.demoiselles.fr
  • 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, Languedoc-roussillon.

Le Grau-du-Roi  -  Gard (30240)

Seaquarium

  • Includes: Jewels of the Coral Reef, The Shark Tunnel, Children's Trail, Multimedia room.
  • Open: All year. Hours Oct-Apr: 10h-19h
  • Entry: €10.30; Ages 5-14: €7.30.
  • Tel: 0466 515 737
  • Email: contact@seaquarium.fr
  • Web: www.seaquarium.fr

Lanuéjols  -  Gard (30750)

Randols Bison

  • A Western-style ranch raising American Bison. Guided visits in "chariots", 4x4 (jeeps) or horseback.
      Western shows, Wednesdays, 19h,, July-August.
      Farm-auberge, with bison meat.
  • Open: Mid April - End Oct
  • Entry: Visit, chariot tour: 6.90€; 4x4 tour: 19€; horseback: 20€/person. Western show: 8.50€
  • Email: contact@randals-bison.com
  • Web: www.randals-bison.com
  • GPS coordinates: 44.109536, 3.338576; (44'06'18N, 03'20'25E) 32 km east of Millau; 5 km SW of Lanuéjols village.

Marguerittes  -  Gard (30320)

8 km east of Nîmes

Kid's Paradise - Parc de Loisirs

  • Giant inflatable games; trampoline, water park, vélo and ttc cyclilng, mini-golf, karts. Located in the countryside, 8 km east of Nîmes.
  • Location: Au Mas du Trèfle, Chemin du Mas de Brignon (2.5 km SSE of Marguerittes.;
    GPS: 43°50' 44, 4°27' 36
  • GPS location: 43.845546, 4.459938
  • Open: April - Mid Sept
  • Tel: 0466 227 433, or 0613 137 180
  • Email: kids-paradise@sfr.fr
  • Web: www.kids-paradise.fr

Meyrueis  -  Lozère (48150)

Dargilan Grotto - Grotte de Dargilan

  • The largest grotto of the Causes and the Cevennes, listed as a 3-star site. The visit takes an hour, and it's a steady 10 degrees C (50 F), so wear something warm.
  • Location: About 8 km west of Meyrueis village: 500 m south of the village, take the D39 west (marked Grotte de Dargilan, 8).
  • Open: From the beginning of the Easter (Spring) vacation until the last day of All Saints vacation in September.
  • Entry: About 9 € adult, 6 € child (2012)
  • Tel: 0466 456 020
  • Email: contact@dargilan.com
  • Web: www.grotte-dargilan.com
  • 37 km (50 min) from Millau; 43 km (1h10) from Florac.

Montagnac village  -  Gard (30350)

22 km northwest of Nîmes; 25 km south of Alès

Le Village des Enfants

  • Mini-Farm, labyrinths, games, mini-golf, planisphere, workshops.
  • Location: Located about 400 m SE of the village, on the Puits Saint-Martin. ; GPS: 43.93471, 4.15315
  • Open: 15 Jan - 15 Nov; 10h30 - 18h30
  • Entry: 9 € per person; 4.50€ for under 4 years.
  • Email: le-village-des-enfants@orange.fr
  • Web (flash): www.levillagedesenfants.net

Port Leucate  -  Aude (11370)

Seaside part of the commune of Leucate. - 35 km northeast of Perpignan; 35 km south of Narbonne.

Aquland Port Leucate

  • A kingdom dedicated to the kids, close to the stations of Leucate and Barcarès.
  • Location: Av. du roussillon
  • Tel: 0468 409 998; Fax: 04.68.40.83.78
  • Email: aqualand.portleucate@aqualand.fr
  • Web: www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,port_leucate.html

Le Rozier  -  Lozère (48150)

Home of the Vultures - La Maison des Vautours

  • This site has exibitions and videos for learning about vultures, and an observation platform across from a cliff where vultures nest. There's a wonderful view of the magnificient Jonte Gorges.
  • Location: Le Truel hamlet, in the Jonte Gorges, 3.7 km east of Le Rozier; 17 km west of Meyrueis.
  • Open: End of March to beginning of November; about 10h - 17h.
  • Closed: Mondays in April, May, June, Sept, Oct.
  • Entry: €6.50 adults; kids (5-12), €3.00
  • Email: maisondesvautours@hotmail.fr
  • Web: www.vautours-lozere.com

Saint Cyprien  -  Pyrénées-Orientales (66750)

Seaside town 15 km southeast of Perpignan.

Aquland Saint Cyprien

  • The Aqualand parks are full-fleged theme parks with water slides and lots of attractions for kids. Saint Cyprien is Mediterranean seaside town 15 km southeast of Perpignan.
  • Location: Mas des capellans
  • Open: Every day 15 June - 4 Sept (2013);
  • 10h-18h; 8 July - 25 Aug 10h-19h
  • Entry: (2013) €26. Kids 5-10 years, €18.50 Kids 3-4 years, €10
  • Tel: 0468 214 949; Fax: 04.68.21.15.47
  • Email: aqualand.stcyprien@aqualand.fr
  • Web: www.aqualand.fr/saint-cyprien/plan-de-parc-7/
  • Aqualands are very large aquaparks. They have aquaparks at: Bassin d'Arcachon, St Cyprien, Port Leucate, Cap d'Agde, St Cyr-sur-Mer, Sainte Maxime, Frejus.

Saint Jean-du-Gard  -  Gard (30270)

Steam Train of the Cévennes - Train à Vapeur des Cévennes

  • This 40-minute steam train between Saint Jean-du-Gard and Anduze follows the magnificent forested valleys for 13 km along the Gardon river in the heart of the Cévennes.
  • Open: March: selected days; April-early Sept: daily; Sept to beginning Nov: daily except Monday. 3-4 trains a day. Check with their website (below) for details.
  • Entry: €9 one-way; €12 round-trip; dogs and bicycles €3.
  • Tel: 0466 605 900; Fax: 0466 605 909
  • Web: www.trainavapeur.com
  • Train schedules allow an easy round-trip voyage, or with stops of a few hours or even all day in either Saint Jean-du-Gard or Anduze.
     
    Special event trains every year: Wine Harvest in Sept; Chestnut day in Oct; Halloween Weekend; Fireworks night train 13 July, etc.

Sigean  -  Aude (11130)

15 km south of Narbonne, beside Port-la-Nouvelle on the Mediterranean coast; 45 km north of Perpignan.

African Reserve of Sigean - Réseerve Africaine de Sigean

  • Includes a 7.5-km drive through the animal park; 2-3 hour walking tour; guided workshop visits by zoo educators, in English.
  • Open: Every day, 365 days/year, from 9h00
  • Tel: 0468 482 020; Fax: 0468 488 085
  • Web: www.reserveafricainesigean.fr

Villeveyrac  -  Hérault (34)

Valmagne Abbey

  • 12th-century Cistercian abbey, open for tours and wine tasting.
  • Location: 4 km west of Villeveyrac; 7 km east of Montagnac; 35 km northeast of Béziers
  • Open: 1 Oct - Easter: daily 14h-18h; Easter - 14 June: weekdays 14h-18h, weekends 10h-18h; 15 June - 30 Sept: daily 10h-18h
  • Tel: 0467 784 732
  • Web: beta.valmagne.com
  • There's an auberge-restaurant on the site (auberge@valmagne.com)