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Aiguines  -  Var (83630)

Chauvel Yves Mini Golf

  • Location: quart Chabassole
  • Tel: 0494 702 228

Aix-en-Provence  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13100)

Mini Golf du Val de l'Arc

  • Location: quart Arc de Meyran, chem Infirmeries
  • Tel: 0442 272 957

Antibes  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06600)

Antibes Land (beside Marineland)

  • Amusement park
    Butterfly Jungle
    Little Provencal Farm
  • Location: RN 7, Route de Biot, Antibes
  • Tel: 0493 334 949

Kart'on - Karting indoor

  • Location: ZAC des Trois Moulins; Rue des Lamberts (near the Antibes autoroute exit)
  • Open: Mon-Thur 18h-midnight; Fri 18h-02h; Sat 14h-02h; Sun 12h-20h.
  • Tel: 0493 748 989; Fax: 04 93 74 66 10

Adventure Golf (Mini-golf)

  • Location: Parking Marineland
  • Tel: 0493 334 949

Mini Golf de la Brague

  • Location: rte Biot
  • Tel: 0493 746 745

Le Bar-sur-Loup  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06620)

Karting

  • Go-kart rental and driving, age 5+
  • Location: Plateau de la Sarrée, Route de Gourdon
  • Open: daily, 12h--19h
  • Tel: 0493 424 808

La Barben  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13330)

5 km east of Salon-de-Provence

Zoo - Parc Zoologique de La Barben

  • Location: D572; 6 km east of Salon; 4 km west of St-Canat (near La Barben Castle)
  • Open: 7 days; 10h-18h
  • Tel: 0490 551 912; Fax: 04 90 55 27 75
  • Animals in their natural habitat in the 30 Ha Nature Reserve; Exotic aquarium-vivarium; play areas.

Beaulieu-sur-Mer  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06310)

Mini-Golf

  • Location: les Jardins Pasteur, bd Alsace Lorraine
  • Tel: 0493 012 034

Caille  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06750)

Arbre & Aventure

  • Tree Adventures - Cables, walkways and nets strung between trees in the forested hills of the Montagne de Audibergue. Seven different routes, for all ages: 5 years and up, 8 years and up, on up to the adults' Super Tyro.
  • Location: Parc de la Moulière, outdoor sports area by the hamlet of La Moulière, 6 km southeast of Caille village.
  • Open: May, June, Sept: weekends and holidays. July-August: daily
  • Tel: 0493 366 057, or 0660 605 625
  • Email: cailleacrobranche@yahoo.fr
  • Web: www.geocities.com/cailleacrobranche

Cannes  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06400)

Cannes Bowling - Billiards

  • Location: 189 av Françis Tonner (just past the Cannes-Mandelieu airport)
  • Open: 7 days a week, 15h-02h30

Carnoules  -  Var (83660)

Touristique Train Center Var - Train Touristique du Centre Var

  • A 24-km rail trip between Carnoules and Brignoles in the Var on a 1950's "autorail" railway car. This is on part of the 19th-century railway line that linked Carnoules and Brignoles to St-Maximin and Gardanne to the west.
  • Open: April-May: Sundays; Jun-Sept: Sundays-Wednesdays; Oct-Nov 1st: Sundays
  • Summer: Depart Carnoules 10h, 15h; Depart Brignoles 11h25 (check their website for details)
  • Entry: 9 € adults; Children 4-10 years, 5 €
  • Web: attcv.ifrance.com

Cuges-les-Pins  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13780)

25 km east of Marseille; 10 km east of Aubagne

Ok Corral

  • Western Town leisure park, Big Wheel, Roller-coasters.
  • Location: RN 8
  • Tel: 0442 738 005

Digne-les-Bains  -  Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04000)

Le Jardin des Papillons

  • Also a Musée Promenade
  • Open: July-Aug guided visits daily; July 11h, 14h30, 16h; Aug 10h, 11h30, 14h30.
  • June guided visits by request, 11h, 14h30, 16h.
  • Apr, May, Sept guided visits by request, Mon-Tue, Thur-Fri.
  • Entry: 4.60 euros, kids 2.75. Promenade and Papillons 6 euros, kids 4 euros.
  • Tel: 0492 367 070, or 0630 309 963
  • Web: www.proserpine.org
  • Tour though a 1-hectare (2 acre) open space with a naturalist guide, dedicated entirely to regional butterflies and their preferred flowers.

Blayeul Museum - Musée-Promenade Blayeul

  • Also a Butterfly Garden
  • Open: Apr-Oct, 7/7, 9h-12h, 14h-17h30 (16h30 Fridays). Nov-Mar closed on weekends and holidays.
  • Entry: 4.60 euros, kids 2.75. Promenade and Papillons 6 euros, kids 4 euros.
  • Tel: 0492 367 070
  • Web: www.resgeol04.org
  • Stroll in a geological reserve of fossils, in a park full of waterfalls and streams. Ten aquariums of tropical and Mediterranean fish alongside their ancient fossils.

Ensuès-la-Redonne  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13820)

20 km west of Marseille; 16 km east of Martigues.

Eldorado City

  • Far West town, Poney trekking, Entertainment.
  • Location: Chateauneuf-les-Martigues, 13220
  • Open: March to mid November
  • Tel: 0442 798 690; Fax: 04 42 76 19 91

Fréjus  -  Var (83600)

Aquland Fréjus

  • The largest aquatic park on the Côte d'Azur. The Aqualand parks are full-fleged theme parks
  • Location: Quartier le Capou - RN98
  • Open: Every day 6 June - 6 Sept;
  • 20 June - 5 July, 30 Aug 6 Sept 10h-18h; 6 July - 30 Aug: 10h-19h
  • Entry: (2009) €24.50. Season pass all Aqualands, 1 person: €79
  • Email: aqualand.frejus@aqualand.fr
  • Web: www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,frejus.html
  • Largest aqupark of the Cote d'Azur, water slides of all sizes and types. Mini-golfs. Pedalos. Attractions and activities.

Hyères  -  Var (83400)

Kiddy Parc - Parc d'Attractions pour Enfants

  • A 3-hectare amusement theme park for kiddies, 500 meters from the Port de Hyères. Rides, slides, animals, water slides and games, go-karts, and so on.
  • Location: Port d'Hyères
  • GPS location: 43.087615, 6.145762
  • Open: April - September
  • Entry: Kids over 2 years: 13.50€ Parc; 15.50€ Parc + Cirque; 17.00€ Parc + Cirque + Jeux d'Eau (Water Games)
  • Email: infos@kiddyparc.com
  • Web: www.kiddyparc.com

Golf Mini Hyérois

  • Location: 810 chem Roubaud
  • Tel: 0494 572 500

Istres  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13800)

Pyramide, La

  • Aquatic Part "The Lagoon", water chutes, "tidal wave" swimming pool.
  • Location: Rue de l'Equerre
  • Tel: 0442 569 999

La Londe-les-Maures  -  Var (83250)

Seaside village 8 km east of Hyères, 12 km west of Le Lavandou.

Jardin d'Oiseaux Tropicaux - Tropical Birdland

  • Tropical birds, in a 6-hectare parc of cork pine and eucalyptus.
  • Location: Rte de Valcros
  • Open: June-Sept 9h30-19h30; Oct-May 14h-18h.
  • Tel: 0494 350 215

Lourmarin  -  Vaucluse (84160)

Mini Golf du Laurier

  • Location: Les Ferrailles
  • Tel: 0490 681 407

Malaucène  -  Vaucluse (84340)

Mini Golf du Groseau

  • Location: cabanon Le Groseau
  • Tel: 0490 652 867

Mandelieu-la-Napoule  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06210)

On the west side of Cannes.

Parc de la Vernède et de Robinson


Menton  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06500)

Mini-Golf du Parc de loisirs Koaland

  • Location: Ave de la Madone
  • Tel: 0492 100 040

Mini-Golf du Pian

  • Location: 9 av Blasco-Ibanez
  • Tel: 0493 577 693

Nice  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06000)

Kindia Park

  • Childrens attractions
  • Location: Parc de Vaugrenir - RN 7; Villeneuve Loubet
  • Tel: 0493 656 192

Marionnettes and Childrens Shows

  • Clown, Grenadine, Magician
  • Location: 28 rue El-Nouzah
  • Tel: 0493 802 183

Show at the Castel des 2 Rois

  • Location: Corniche André de Joly
  • Open: Wed, Sat, Sun - 16h, 17h.

Astorama

  • Discovering astronomy, planetarium, telescopes.
  • Location: Rte de la Revère, Grande Corniche, Col d'Eze
  • Open: July-Aug - every night starting at 18h30. Sept-June - Tue, Fri starting at 18h30.
  • Tel: 0493 858 558; Fax: 04 93 85 62 85

Observatory of the Côte d'Azur

  • Visit the observatory
  • Location: Bd Bischoffsheim
  • Open: Saturday 15h
  • Tel: 0493 858 558; Fax: 04 93 85 62 85

Théâtre de la Cité et Théâtre Chou

  • 4 children's shows alternately in both theateres
  • Open: Sat 14h30
  • Tel: 0493 268 345

Aquascope - Trans Côte d'Azur

  • Explore the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat.
  • Location: Quai Lunel, 06300 Port de Nice
  • Open: Spring - daily 9h, 10h, 11h, 14h, 15h, 16h, 17h, 18h.
  • Tel: 0492 004 230; Fax: 04 92 00 42 31

Trans Côte d'Azur - Sea Excursions

  • Sea excursions along the coast, departing from Nice or St-Laurent-du-Var.
  • Location: Quai Lunel, 06300 Port de Nice
  • Tel: 0492 004 230; Fax: 04 92 00 42 31
  • Nice Côté Mer: 1 hr; Cap de Nice, Cap Ferrat, Baie de Villefranche, Promenade des Anglais. Monaco: all day or afternoon: Cap Ferrat, Baie de Villefranche, Beaulieu, Eze, to Monaco. San Remo: with a stop for shopping at San Remo. Iles de Lerins. Corniche d'Or: 2 hrs; departs from Sainte Marguerite (Iles de Lerins) Saint-Tropez.

Les Pennes-Mirabeau  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13170)

Northern outskirts of Marseille, 15 km southwest of Aix-en-Provence.

Aqualand

  • Large aquatic park, chutes, "tidal wave" swimming pool rapids, dodgem boats.
  • Location: Plan de Campagne, Rte de Septèmes; On the N8

Saint Cannat  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13760)

Small Medieval on a farming plain, now surrounded by more modern housing. Remains of the 12th-century Notre-Dame de Vie chapel was the first parish church of St Cannat. Nine fountains including one by Amandier, 1657. A 17th-c statue of St-Cannat; statue of Bailli de Suffren. An excellent regional and historical museum. - 15 km northwest of Aix-en-Provence; 5 km southeast of Lambesc.

Village des Automates

  • Location: N7; 1 km SE of St-Cannat. 15 km northwest of Aix-en-Provence; 5 km southeast of Lambesc.
  • Open: 1 apr-30 sept: 7 days; 10h-18h 1 oct-31 mar: wed, sat, sun, holidays; 10h-18h
  • Tel: 0442 573 030
  • Over 500 robots displayed in an outdoor park of pine and rosemary.

Saint Cyr-sur-Mer  -  Var (83270)

10 km east of La Ciotat; 5 km southwest of La Cadière-d'Azur; 30 km southeast of Marseille.

Aquland Saint Cyr-sur-Mer


Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06230)

Zoo Cap Ferrat

  • Location: The Parc Zoological is located in the northwestern part of the peninsula, just past the Office de Tourisme.
  • Open: Every day of the year.
  • Tel: 0493 760 760
  • Over 300 animals, with Bear Mountain, Tiger Zone, Crocodile Beach, African Plain.

Saint Vallier-de-Thiey  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06460)

Grotte Baume Obscure Souterroscope

  • Visit the underground caves; 15 minutes from Grasse.
  • Location: Chemin de Sainte-Anne
  • Open: Apr-June, Sept: 10h-17h weekdays, 10h-19h weekends. July-Aug: 10h-19h daily; Oct-Mar: 10h-17h weekends.
  • Tel: 0493 426 163; Fax: 04 93 42 69 19
  • Underground temperature 13 deg C, bring warm clothing.

Grottes des Audides

  • Underground caves (grottes) and musuem, parc prehistoric.
  • Location: Route de Cabris CD4
  • Open: July-Aug, daily, 10h-18h; Sept, June, except Tue, 14h-17h Oct-May, except Mon-Tue, 14h-17h
  • Tel: 0493 426 415
  • Underground temperature 13 deg C, bring warm clothing.

Brignoles  -  Var (83170)

Touristique Train Center Var - Train Touristique du Centre Var

  • A 24-km tourist train between Carnoules and Brignoles in the Var passes by the northern edge of Sainte Anastasie-sur-Issole.
  • Open: April-May: Sundays; Jun-Sept: Sundays-Wednesdays; Oct-Nov 1st: Sundays
  • Summer: Depart Carnoules 10h, 15h; Depart Brignoles 11h25 (check their website for details)
  • Entry: 9 € adults; Children 4-10 years, 5 €
  • Web: attcv.ifrance.com

Sainte Maxime  -  Var (83120)

Aqualand

  • An aqua-parc, located at Les Bosquets, on the D25 road (towards the A8) just north of town.

Aquland Sainte Maxime

  • The most recent of the Aqualands, at the doors of the Gulf of Saint Tropez.
  • Location: Route Plan de la Tour
  • Tel: 0494 555 454; Fax: 04.94.55.54.55
  • Email: aqualand.stmaxime@aqualand.fr
  • Web: www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,sainte_maxime.html

Camargue  -  Bouches-du-Rhône (13)

Pont de Gau Bird Park - Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

  • Bird park, bird zoo and museum in the Camargue.
  • Location: Main D570 road, 4.5 km north of Stes-Maries.
  • Tel: 0490 978 262

Sauze-du-Lac  -  Hautes-Alpes (05160)

la Montagne aux Marmottes

  • Eco-Parc Animalier - Nature Space
  • Location: Domain des Grisons, Rte de Barcelonnette; 10 km from Savines-le-Lac
  • Open: Apr-Oct 9h30-19h00; Nov-Mar 9h30-18h.
  • Tel: 0492 443 200, or 0492 924 007; Fax: 0492 44 32 04
  • A 3-hectare nature park. Close obervation of marmottes, including glass-sided dens. Live wild animals (badger, fox, deer, mouflon). Museum of mountain animals (lynx, wolf, chamoix, etc.). Reconstruction of a prehistoric grotto. Botanical walk. Kids games, climbing wall.

Senanque Abbey (Abbaye de Senanque)  -  Vaucluse (84220)

  • A beautiful and still-working 12th century abbey, one of the Three Sisters of Provence.
  • Location: 6 km north of Gordes
  • Open: Visits begin: mornings 10h30 (except Jan, Nov-Dec); earlier June-Aug afternoons: 14h30 - 16h30
  • Closed: 5-18 Jan; 20 Nov; 25 Dec.
  • Entry: 7 €, guided only
  • Tel: 0490 720 572; Fax: 0811 382 296
  • Email: visites@senanque.fr
  • Web: www.senanque.fr

Thorenc  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06750)

Reserve Biologique des Monts d'Azur

  • This 700 hectare animal park is home to a herd of European Bison, the Mongolian Wild Horse (Przewalski's Horse, Dzungarian Horse, Asian Wild Horse), deer and wild boar. Guided visits (safaris) are in small groups, either walking or by horse-drawn carriage (calèche). Snowshoe visits (safaris) are available in the winter.
  • The site has a buffet and restaurant, and package prices are available for safari + dining. There are also rooms available, for overnight and two-night visits.
  • Location: Domaine du Haut-Thorenc; 700 m east of the junction of the D5 (from Andon) with the D2 east-west road.
  • GPS location: 43.805604, 6.845220
  • Open: 1 March to the first weekend of January
  • Closed: Jan - Feb
  • Entry: Walking guided visits take 1h30, in groups of 8 to 12. 18 euros adults, 10 euros children. Horse carriage visits take 1h30, in groups of 10 to 12. 12 euros adults, 12 euros children.
  • Tel: 0493 600 078; Fax: 0493 600 078
  • Web: www.haut-thorenc.com/index.2.html
  • The Reserve brought in their first European Bison (Bison bonasus) from Pologne in 2005 and 2006, and the herd has prospered and expanded here. In this thickly forested area, the bison create clearings that are great for biodiversity.
  • Przewalski's Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii) is a small, wild horse that once ranged over the plains and steppes of Europe and Asia. Over 600 cave drawings of the Przewalski's Horse date from 30'000 to 9'000 years ago. Modern times were unkind to the breed, and the race was reduced to official extinction (except for two captive populations in Munich and Prague zoos) in 1945. Careful breeding and repopulation of protected areas, such as the Reserve Biologique des Monts d'Azur, has raised the classification to "critically endangered".

Villeneuve-Loubet  -  Alpes-Maritimes (06270)

Between Nice and Antibes; beside Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Adventure labryinth - Le Labyrinthe de l'Aventure

  • A maze of 4 kms of alleys and dead-ends, where games are hidden for young and old. The 2009 theme: The Great Explorers.
  • Location: Route D2085 (direction Grasse), 2 km past Villeneuve-Loubet village.
  • GPS location: 43.658579, 7.092525
  • Open: 11 April - 11 Nov
  • Entry: 10.50 € adults; 8.50 € for 4-12 years.
  • Tel: 0492 020 606, or 0672 721 776; Fax: 0492 020 606
  • Email: azurlabyrinthe@wanadoo.fr
  • Web: www.lelabyrinthedelaventure.com

Vinon-sur-Verdon  -  Var (83560)

Farmyard Animal Park - Parc Animalier Domestique

  • Location: Between Vinon and Grêoux-les-Bains, south of Manosque.
  • GPS location: 43.7537, 5.8079
  • Open: All year, 10h-19h.
  • Entry: €6; under-3 years free
  • Tel: 0492 788 825
  • Web: www.parc-animalier-verdon.com
  • Includes donkeys of Provence and Greece, cattle of the Camargue and Thailand, camels, llamas, alpagas, Angora goats, poneys, ducks and swans. Playground, video games, kids games, mini-golf, free poney rides.