WHERE TO GO WITH CHILDREN IN PARIS
The vast majority of tourists do not even suspect that Paris is simply replete with places where you can go with the whole family, and it will be interesting not only for the child, but also for the parents.
You can always order transfers and a Russian escort or guide who will help you get your bearings faster and save time.
Let’s start in order, although the program should be drawn up individually, depending on the interests of the family.
Please note that the opening hours and the cost of entrance tickets may change, check the current information on the institution’s website!
ZOO DE VINCENNES
Address: 53 avenue de Saint-Maurice, metro Porte Dorée, open from 9.00 to 17.30. Zoo website: www.boisdevincennes.com/site/zoo.php3
The Paris Zoo is one of the most interesting in Europe. It replaced the old zoological park, created for the 1931 Colonial Exhibition, which became one of its most visited sections: more than 50,000 visitors came to admire the animals “in freedom”. By the way, the idea of such placement of animals, when their life in nature is imitated, belongs to the German Karl Hagenbeck, who created the zoo in Hamburg in 1907. The success of the exhibition’s zoological park led to the idea of creating a larger park with stylized enclosures that mimic wildlife – the natural habitat of each animal. Currently, the zoo contains about 1200 animals. The territory of the zoo is 14.5 hectares.
Entrance ticket for an adult 8 euros, for a child from 4 to 16 years old 5 euros, up to 4 years old free of charge.
Near the zoo you can visit the Tropical Aquarium at the National Museum of African and Oceanic Art www.musee-afriqueoceanie.fr. Address: 293, avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
The museum is open daily except Tuesday from 10.00 to 17.15.
Entrance ticket: 6 euro full fare
SAFARI – PARKTOIRE (RESERVE AFRICAINE DE THOIRY, LE CHATEAU DE THOIRY)
Parc de Thoiry, Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil 78770 Thoiry
Château de Thoiry, 78770 Thoiry
Duration of the visit: 5-6 hours, even better – for the whole day.
40 km from Paris and 24 km north of Versailles, there is a real nature reserve, through which you can drive a car among wild animals roaming free.
The zoo is located in the possession of a small castle of Thoiry and consists of two parts.
The first part of the zoo is an African car safari (Reserve Africaine). This is an 8-kilometer leisurely walk in a car, when wild animals roam freely around – elephants, lions, bears, bison, giraffes, ostriches, goats and others. Hippos swim in a small pond. Only elephants and rhinos are not allowed to roam, as even the steel of the car may not be enough to protect the audience from their curiosity or bad mood. Feelings when a bison lazily crosses your path – words can not convey!
The second part is a more or less traditional zoo – without cages, but without free access to animals – they live as if in the wild, but visitors are separated from them by fences or glass. They walk there.
The most popular entertainment is feeding animals on a schedule, with an interval of an hour and a half. They feed everyone – otters, pandas, tigers, lions. The feeding of lions is especially interesting – visitors are allowed into the passage made of armored glass that crosses the enclosure, and they throw meat directly at it, the lions eat literally over people’s heads, if not for the glass, the lion could be touched by hand.
In total, there are about 21 species of various inhabitants of the animal world in the park, which has about 1000 units of various animals on an area of 150 hectares.
Also on the territory of the reserve is a magnificent castle of the 16th century in the style of the Renaissance. In addition to magnificent interiors, the castle also houses the Museum of Gastronomy. You will be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere in which the Marquises of Montmarcy lived, the closest courtiers of Henry II and Henry III, who repeatedly visited this castle. The castle has a rich collection of tapestries from the 16th century, paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The castle is surrounded by a park of 127 hectares, where the largest natural green fence labyrinth in Europe is located; the magnificent flowerbeds of the park are examples of French garden architecture of the 17th century; shady alleys of bicentennial trees and fountains give this park a unique charm.
Entry fee: adult 26.50 euros, children 3-14 years old 20 euros (safari park by car, zoo on foot and visit to the castle).
The reserve is open all year round, except for some winter months. Opening hours: castle from 14:00 to 18:00, Thoiry gardens, safari and zoo daily from 10:00 to 17:00/19:00, depending on the season.