There are so many family attractions in the Charente Maritime that the problem is finding time to visit all of them. There is the choice of the Zoo, Aquarium, Theme parks, Historical sites.
Visit the Zoo at La Palmyre
Right in the heart of one of the most beautiful pine forests in the area just north of Royan just 35 mins drive away, you will find La Palmyre Zoo. The most famous zoological park in France and recently voted European Zoo of the Year. The most visited tourist attraction in the department of Charente-Maritime. And, as a breeding zoo it is very different from most people’s idea of a zoo as many animals are completely free to roam – and there are more than 1600 of them!
You will meet apes, bears, cockatoos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, hippotamuses, jaguars, lions, panthers, parrots, pink flamingos, red ibis and even wolves. There is a polar bear basin a tropical greenhouse and a reptile house. There shows with trained parrots and sea lions are great for the kids
The Aquarium La Rochelle
Located in the heart of town, next to the old harbour and the famous towers of La Rochelle, discover one of the main european private aquariums. Take a two hour’s journey into the depths of the oceans and meet 12 000 Atlantic, Mediterranean and Tropical animals in 3 million litres of water. Explore the magical and mysterious underwater world that keeps fascinating us.
Bel-Air is approx. 1hr 50 mins from Futuroscope but it is well worth a visit. It is open from 10am and closes at 11 pm.The Futuroscope amusement park is located near Poitiers and set in 130 acres. It uses audio-visual technology to create both breathtaking and informative special effects. Giant screens, 3D cinemas, circular cinemas and other state-of-the-art techniques create an experience unlike any other.
The park has splendid buildings with futuristic architecture and also relaxing green parks surrounding each of the pavilions. Both children and adults will enjoy Futuroscope but allow plenty of time to see all the exhibits.