One of the oldest amusement parks, designed as a naturalists dream: zoo, botanical research, and environmental studies. A must-do if traveling in Paris's with children.
Here’s one you need to know about if you’re going to Paris, especially if you traveling in Paris with children.
In the midst of scientific and naturalist fervour gripping Western Europe, The Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon) spear headed an endeavour that could well be claimed as her legacy; the development of Jardin d’Acclimatation. A mix of amusement park, botanical garden and zoo, the jardin was originally conceived as a nurturing ground to acclimatize exotic animals to the European climes. Reflection colonial attitudes of the time, the jardin briefly offered a human zoo exhibit as well.
But despite it’s stomach churning beginnings, the Jardin d’Acclimation has continued to serve Paris and Parisian tourist with the cutting edge of scientific interest and progress.
Today, the park and zoo attract over 1.5 million visitors a year- and it’s a wonderful destination for families with young children.
Jardin d’Acclimation, is a little different though from your run of the mill theme park, for a start it is not a plastic man made jungle. Instead Jardin d’Acclimation is a wonderful open green space that not only gives pleasure to children and adults alike but is also involved in the fight for global warming.
On entering the park you can take a ride on the new environmental friendly electric locomotive train, to the amusement park. The park also has 240,000 bees producing honey, which you can view and learn all about the bees. And recently new playgrounds have been installed throughout the park with lots of free outdoor activities including swings, zip lines and ropes. Since 2011 the park has been restoring the original buildings and landscape. The animals too in their natural habitat, and there are lots of different ones to see. You can even take pony and camel rides around the park.
The park even puts on a number of different workshops based around the theatre, science or art, the aim is for the child to understand itself through the world of science art and nature. Workshops are also available for adults and adults and children together.
The garden beach area is the perfect place to sit in authentic blue and white deck chairs and watch the children play. The garden beach is equipped with a wading pool with a giant flower water gun as a fun centre piece. There are also lots of other fun free activities around the pool.
The amusement park which is not free, has all the normal rides such a roller coaster and spinning tea cups as well as lots of old fashioned amusement arcade games. Once at the amusement park books of ticket for rides may be purchased and rides are then priced at 1, 2 or 3 tickets per ride.
Throughout the park there are a number of tasty eating places form fast food venues to cafes and restaurants, with food to match your taste buds and budget, all of the eateries are set in picturesque surroundings.
There really is so much to do, see, and learn at Jardin d’ Acclimation, and most of it free or at least at a fraction of the price you would spend in Disney Land Paris.
Entry to Jardin d’Acclimation is only €3, and for children under three, and for people with disabilities.
Jardin d’Acclimation is open during April-September daily from 10am to 7pm and October-March daily from 10am to 6pm.
The amusement park is located at the large Bois de Boulogne Park. The nearest metro is Les Sablons and from here it is a short sign posted walk away.
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