ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND LA ROCHELLE
Top ten places for families between 15-30 minutes drive
One of the best Aquariums in Europe, 20 minutes away near the Minimes Marina in La Rochelle and is a favourite for the whole family. Miss the queues by booking online and visit in the morning or late afternoon avoid the crowds.
Ile de Ré
Great beaches and beautiful villages: visiting the Ile de Ré is a lovely family day out. It is only a 20 minute drive to the toll bridge and from there you can take your car across or hire bicycles as it is completely cyclists friendly.
Also known as the Green Venice, the Marais Poitevin is a 20 to 30 minute drive from us. A paradise for nature lovers, you can visit this area of rivers and small canals in a boat and spend the day relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
A 30 minute drive from us and a great place for children: outdoor games set in woodland with bouncy castles, slides, wooden games and more. Some games are accessible to the adults and there are plenty of places to relax.
La Rochelle beaches & Park
There are two sandy beaches in La Rochelle: one in the Minimes next to the Marina and a smaller one near the Public Park which offers a very pleasant 2km walk, playgrounds and various children’s activities but also a small free zoological part.
Musées des Automates et Modèles Réduits
These two museums in La Rochelle are to be discovered with your family.
They are magical and will please even the very young.
To be recommended and not just on a rainy day!
Everyone will have fun at Vertigo Park, small children from 3 years as well as bigger ones: tree climbing activities, pedal-karting, mini-golf, a maze, laser-tag and more, all this set in beautiful surroundings
The closest waterpark is only 15 minutes away in Périgny: Palmilud is a complex partly indoors and outdoors and it has a good variety of slides.
Chatellaillon & Fouras
Two lovely sea-side towns 20 and 30 minutes away with beautiful beaches, fun fair games for the children, mini-golf and markets twice a week.
This is an indoor and air-conditioned leisure-centre where children up to the age of 12 can have fun safely for 2 to 3 hours while their parents take it easy around a cup of coffee. The entrance is free for adults but remember to bring socks.
AWAY DAYS great places to visit for the whole day
To the north................Puy du Fou
Voted the best park in the world, Puy du Fou features a multitude of spectacular shows and adventures for the whole family.
To the South...............La Palmyre zoo
Nestled at the heart of an 18-hectare pine forest, the Zoo de La Palmyre is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Charente-Maritime. Every year some 700,000 visitors follow its pathways in order to observe more than 1,600 mammals, birds and reptiles from 115 different species.
To the East.................Futuroscope
Fun, festive and family-friendly… Futuroscope gives visitors attractions beyond imagination!
There are exhilarating adventures, heart-thumping thrills, spellbinding live shows, captivating journeys, a fairy-tale aquatic evening show, enchanting attractions…
To the West..................Ile d'Aix
Ile d'Aix is quite a small island, just 2 kilometres long, on the Atlantic Coast. The island is reached by ferry from Pointe de la Fumée, 2km along a peninsula from Fouras and 30 km south of La Rochelle. There are no cars on this island you can hire bikes and explore this its beaches.