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Five Less Known French Amusement Parks

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published May 15th 2013
Things to do in France
Who said that Disneyland is the only place where you can have fun? Without diminishing Mickey Mouse's kingdom's value, it needs to be said that France has a whole lot more entertainment opportunities and some of them are less known to tourists. It is true that you will have to get out of Paris in order to enjoy them, but they are really worth if you are looking for ways of diversifying your holiday experience. Moreover, some are located in the proximity of other tourist attractions.

Nigloland France
Nigloland France - Wikimedia Commons/Freddo


Nigloland

Among the vineyards of Champagne, embark on the magical world of hedgehogs country Nigloland - an amusement park located near Troyes, in Aube, whose classic attractions designed for the whole family made the recipe for a 20 years long success. You will certainly be seduced by the world of Niglo, the little hedgehog, once you get on the superfast rollercoaster Nigloshow. Navigating on water, floating in the air, falling freely from the sky... everything is possible in Nigloland! You will find here thirty attractions divided into four worlds, called villages: the rock 'n' roll one, the Canadian, the Swiss and the village of wonders.

PAL

At the heart of the Allier, PAL combines the thrill of an amusement park with the fun discoveries of a zoo. Stretching itself on 35 hectares, the park can be discovered by train, raft or car.

Mine train, raft descent, pirate ship ... all 25 attractions this park has to offer and the 24 African lodges attract visitors in search of adrenaline. But PAL is also home to 600 animals from around the world: lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, seals ... This is a landmark to visit if you are visiting Auvergne. PAL is suitable for all ages and all tastes.

Marineland France
Marineland France - Flickr/x-oph


Marineland

Located on the French Riviera and covering an area of ​​over 25 hectares, Marineland is today the largest marine park in Europe. Home to nearly 5.000 residents (orcas, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, seals, sharks, penguins, etc.) Marineland represent an opportunity to discover marine fauna, but also an entertainment area featuring shows, attractions and encounters with animals.

Festyland

Located a few kilometers away from Caen, Festyland presents a fun version of Normandy's history through four worlds: the pirates, the Middle Ages, the Vikings and the Belle Epoque. Since 2012, Vikland also offers visitors a space dedicated to children aged 0-8. The thrill seekers will certainly love Drakkar Express - the main attraction in the Vikings' world, the famous Esnambuc Tower for its skyrocketing ascent to 20 meters height or Eretic - an attraction that balances the more courageous at 26 meters in height. Fortunately, the Belle Epoque area allows you to relax comfortably and spend some quality time with your family, taking a walk along the water in a Cabin or on board the Paris-Granville train.

Walibi France
Walibi France - Wikimedia Commons/Christophe Badoux


Walibi

The amusement park Walibi is not a new presence within the French entertainment landscape. Featuring a wide range of attractions, Walibi has enchanted the French population and the tourists as well for over 20 years. Established in the picturesque Rhône-Alpes region, in Aquitaine, somewhere between Lyon and Chambéry, Walibi park attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually with its fascinating program that includes insane speed, lots of loops, waterfalls and, of course, crazy laughter. Ever since 1979, this amusement park stretching on a vast area of ​​33 hectares has delighted toddlers, children, teenagers as well as their parents and grandparents.
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