Top 29 French Theme Parks You’ve Never Heard Of: LOVED BY LOCALS + Map

Top 29 French Theme Parks You’ve Never Heard Of: LOVED BY LOCALS + Map
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Did you know there are hundreds of theme parks, and thousands of annual carnivals and fairs in France? Here are 29 of France’s most popular ones organized by region French families love to visit. Some are well known throughout France, while smaller ones are better known regionally.

Funfairs – Carnivals – Amusement Parks – Theme Parks in France: BY REGION

When most people think of France, they think elegance, romance, the Eiffel Tower and croissants but theme parks and fairgrounds?

Aren’t those American inventions? 

While it’s true that Americans perfected and popularized many aspects of the modern-day theme park, the industry existed in France centuries before Walt Disney imported Disneyland Paris to France in 1992.

Their origins actually date back to Old World European merchant fairs and 18th and 19th-century pleasure gardens: long before terrifying roller coaster rides, cotton candy and midway games became a thing.

You might be interested in reading: Before Disneyland: France’s Forgotten Pleasure Gardens, Antique Fairs & Amusement Parks

While nothing can compare to the hype of Disneyland Paris, the other theme parks and fairs in France are nothing to sneeze at. 

From small old-timey French amusement parks set in beautiful lush forests, futuristic ones based on technology, comic books, or quirky western themes, you’re not far from one no matter where you are in France because there are so many, You’ve just never heard of them.

Map French amusement parks, theme parks fairs and carnivals across France
See the interactive map at the end of this article. 

Here are Frances’s best theme parks and fairs that attract tourists, French families, and countless thrill-seeking French teenagers each year, especially in the summer.

You might be interested in reading: 9 Attractions That Make France The Worlds Most Popular Tourist Destination(Opens in a new browser tab)

Île-de-France: Paris and surrounding area

1) Foire du Trône (957)

Address: Pelouse de Reuilly 75012 Paris

3 million visitors per year

Foire du Trône is the oldest and biggest travelling faire in France and Europe

Foire du trône located at the edge of Bois de Vincennes in the 12th arrondissement of Paris is a funfair that dates back to the year 957 when it was originally called “Foire aux pains d’épices” (Spiced bread fair or Gingerbread fair), named after the bread that King Lothaire authorized the Monks from the Abbey of Saint-Antoine to sell during Holy Week. 

This 1000-year-old fair has over 300 attractions and booths spread out over 10 hectares (1000 sq metres). You can expect to find traditional carnival attractions like acrobats and jugglers as well as modern-day rides you’d expect to see at a fairground – Ferris wheels, bumper cars, games and some thrilling roller coaster rides.

Want a bite to eat? In addition to cotton candy, and candy apples, you’ll also enjoy oysters, foie gras, and sandwiches made with baguettes and other French dishes. 

Foire du Trône food: oysters

Foire du trône is only open for two months in the Spring, from about March 25th to May 23rd. Admission is free, but you’ll need to purchase tickets for the rides or purchase a “Party Pass” for €34, which lets you ride 25 rides.

This famous fair was also featured in the cult French film Amélie.

2) La Fête des Loges

3 million visitors per year

Address: La Fête des Loges, Carrefour des 6 chiens, Rte des Loges, 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

La fêtes des loges fairgrounds near Paris

Another famous fairground worth visiting is La Fête des Loges, which takes place in the middle of forest Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 20km from the center of Paris.

This famous fair began as a hunting lodge in 1138 but beginning in 1652, the area slowly transformed into an outdoor place where Parisians gathered to socialize and escape the gloomy urban life of Paris.

Today there are roughly 200 attractions you would expect to find at a fairground; however it has one feature that no other fair has, and it’s called “Allée des Cuisines” (Kitchen Alley): an entire 300-meter gastronomic area with around 15 Parisian-style brasseries and bistros that serve up traditional French food.

You’ll find everything from steak tartare haché and andouillette to beef brochette and burgers. 

But the specialty dish that you have to try (unless you’re a vegetarian) has been a tradition since the 17th century: “cochon de lait rôti à l’ancienne”: roast suckling. 

La fête des loges is open in the summer from the end of June to mid-August.

3) Le Jardin d’acclimatation (1870) 

Address : Bois de Boulogne, Route de la Porte Dauphine à la Porte des Sablons, 75116 Paris, France

Le Jardin d'acclimation: garden and theme park in Paris

Hidden in plain sight, at Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is Le Jardin acclimation, an old-world amusement park for families surrounded by a beautiful set of gardens in a manicured park-like environment…THAT USED TO BE A HUMAN ZOO.

Yes, you read that right. Before 1931, this location was home to some pretty dark and devious stuff. 

First inaugurated in 1860 by Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie as Société Impériale Zoologique d’Acclimatation (Imperial Zoological Acclimatisation Society), the park has undergone several transformations, adapting with the times. 

Fortunately for us, exotic humans from other cultures are no longer part of the attraction unless you count people watching. Today it’s now a popular amusement park for young Parisians (and tourists) featuring over 42 attractions, rides and fair-like activities, including mini-rollercoasters, swing rides, mini kart, pony rides, a splash park, and over 450 animals and birds.

The park just got a 60 million euro facelift with 17 new rides, replacing some of the older rides from the ’60s. A few of the new attractions look like really cool steampunk rides from the future’s past. 

Be sure to purchase the pass, which gives you access to all the rides; otherwise, you’ll have to pay for each ride individually which can get pretty expensive.

4) France Miniature (1991)

195 000 visitors/year

Address: Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 Élancourt

France miniature park
France miniature park © jlbellurget

France Miniature is the largest miniature park in Europe and a major tourist attraction located just 30km from the center of Paris. This 5-hectare park is nestled in the middle of lush greenery and laid out in the shape of a map of France.

In addition to the Eiffel tower, arc Triomphe and Mont st Michel, you’ll see over 117 miniature replicas of France’s most famous landmarks and monuments as well as typical French landscapes such as railways, villages, gardens and squares: totalling over 2000 individual models.

There are also 9 rides for kids and adults to let off steam and 14 interactive experiences.

Make sure to get there early; rides and some attractions begin shutting down around four-thirty (ish). The park is closed during the winter.

Upper France (Hauts-de-France) :

5) Bagatelle (1955)

316 000 visitors/year

Address: D 940 62155 Merlimont between Berck and Le Touquet-Paris-Plage.

Bagatelle French Theme Park in France

Bagatelle, not to be confused with the park Bagatelle in Paris, is a well-established amusement park located in northwestern France, a few km from the Atlantic coast. It first opened its doors in 1955, 2 months before Disneyland Paris. 

Whether you’re old, young or somewhere in between, Bagatelle is perfect for anyone looking to spend some quality time together while having loads of fun. There are over 40 attractions, and rides, including 4 roller coasters, 5 water rides, 3 old-timey adventure rides, a magic show, and more, all located in one of three themed areas: Baggy Fun (for the more adventurous), Baggy Family (for the whole family) and Baggy Kids (attractions for 3-10-year-olds.)

I almost forgot to mention that dogs are allowed in the park. 

6) La Mer de Sable (1963)

Address: Route nationale 330 60950 Ermenonville

 358 500 visitors/year

La mer du sable: French amusement park one hour north east of Paris with a western theme

 45 minutes north of Paris, in the center of a forest “forêt d​’Ermenonville” is La Mer de Sable (french for “the sea of sand”).

This western-themed amusement park built in the ’60s has 3 themed areas: the New Mexico Desert, the Colorado Canyon and the Mississippi Valley, where you’ll find over 26 attractions and rides best suited for families with young children looking for shorter rides and shorter queues. Adults who like calmer amusement park rides will enjoy themselves too. 

For an additional fee, visitors can opt to ride one of the longest zip lines in France and an ATV ride in the desert for children older than 7 years old. 

The kids will also love watching one or all of the three daily shows, a train attack and bank robbery reenactment, as well as cowboy and Indian stunt show involving horses and a little comedy. 

Food at one of the five restaurants in the park is reasonably priced compared to some of the other amusement parks in France, but guests are free to bring their own picnic to eat in designated areas. Just be sure to leave your metal forks and knives at home; they aren’t allowed in the park. 

7) Dennlys Parc (1983)

230 000 visitors / Year

Address: 11 Rue du Moulin de la Tour, 62560 Dennebrœucq, France

Dennlys French Theme Park Norther France

In Northern France, one hour south of Dunkirk, is Dennebrœucq, a small French village with a medieval Flemish name and Dennlys Parc, a theme park surrounded by farmland.

In 1983, Mr. and Mrs. Crunelle, who had a long history in fairs and carnivals, bought the town’s old water mill and slowly developed a leisure Park around it, starting with small pedalled trains. They called the park “Le Moulin de la Tour.”

As the number of rides and attractions increased, it also attracted more visitors. In 1997, the park was renamed “parc Dennlys,” which is a contraction of the village’s name “Dennebrœucq” and “Lys,” the current of water that passes through the town. 

Dennlys French Theme Park Norther France

Today Dennlys Park attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year and has over 30 attractions and fun rides for the whole family, including 3 roller coasters and 3 water attractions. 

The park usually opens in July and August and on weekends in September.

8) Parc Saint Paul (1999)

373 000 visitors/year

Address 47 Rue de l’Avelon, 60650 Saint-Paul, France

Parc Saint Paul: French amusement park for the whole family: a day trip from Paris

Less than 2 hours north of Paris is Parc Saint Paul, which is kind of like a cross between an amusement park and county fair, perfect for families with young children.

There are nearly 40 attractions, most geared towards younger children; however, there are about 5 roller coaster rides for thrill-seekers that are mild compared to some rides at the bigger amusement parks.

In addition to the attractions, the park also offers large green spaces and a three-hectare body of water, complete with a slow-moving Mississippi boat ride.

Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of the five restaurants or bring a picnic to eat at one of the 800 picnic areas (300 of which are sheltered), where barbecues are available for visitors to use for free.

9) Parc Astérix (1989)

2 300 000 visitors/year (3rd most visited in France after Disneyland Paris)

Address : 60128 Plailly, France

Astérix amusement park in France near Paris

Voted one of the best theme parks in Europe by Amusement Today for 20 years in a row is Parc Asterix, located 30 kilometres north of Paris, France.

Parc Asterix is designed to reflect the culture of the Gauls in Roman Times. It’s named after the well-known French-language comic book series that follows the adventures of Astérix, a cunning Gallic warrior and his best friend Obelix, who defend their village against the invading Roman Republic and go on globe-trotting adventures together.

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Asterix characters at the Parc Astérix

There are over 40 attractions for adults and little ones including 6 water-based rides, 7 roller coasters, 4 D movies, numerous shows and plenty of restaurants.

A must-try ride is “Le Tonnerre de Zeus” (French for “The thunder of Zeus”), an award-winning European wooden roller coaster to be updated in 2022 as Tonnerre 2 Zeus. 

There are also three Gallic-themed hotels to stay at in the park that will transport you back to the time of the Gauls

LES QUAIS DE LUTECE HOTEL at French theme park Astérix

Nouvelle-Aquitaine :

10) Parc du Futuroscope (1987)

1 900 000 visitors/year

Address : Avenue René Monory, 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France

Futuroscope amusement park France

If Parc Astérix takes you into the past to the time of the Romans and Gauls, then “Parc du Futuroscope” (formerly Planète Futuroscope) will take you in the opposite direction towards the future.

What sets Futuroscope apart is the 40 original experiences and attractions you won’t find anywhere else, focus on science and futuristic technologies and combines sensory and image projections while also being playful and educational. You’ll never miss Space Mountain. 

Visitors can also relax in 60 hectares of serene green countryside. It almost feels like you’re in a mini futuristic city. 

Objectif mars roller coaster ride at Futuroscope

To stay true to its name, the park is constantly updating itself to keep up with technological advances. In June 2020, Futuroscope opened its first roller coaster called “Objectif Mars,” a Spinning Coaster that turns you in all directions as it moves along the coaster tracks. 

Other notable rides at Futuroscope include:

The first aero bar in the world at Futuroscop amusement park in France
World’s first Aerobar: 35 meters in the air with your feet dangling in the open wind
Flying theatre at Futuroscope based on Jules Vernes Stories
Flying Theatre: A fully immersive movie/ride based primarily around classic Jules Verne stories
  • Aerobar du Futuroscope: The first Aerobar in the world: Carries up to 16 passengers 35 meters high to have a drink while your feet dangle in the vid. Parc Asterix now has one too. 
  • Le Stadium Aqualympique: Trampolines that float on water.
  • Dance with robots: Two people sit in a seat atop a robot arm that moves you in all different directions to the beat of the music. 
  • Magic Show: Magician Bertran Lotth’s magic show was voted one of the best in France and uses the latest technologies to wow guests. 
  • An aquatic pyrotechnic show: A fantastic show created by le Cirque du Soleil.
  • Flying Theatre: A fully immersive movie/ride that simulates flight with moving seats. The movie is based primarily around classic Jules Verne stories accompanied by beautiful music.

11) Parc Le Bourant (1992)

125 000 visiters / year

Address: 191 Allée Paul-Jean Souriau 24260 Le Buge

Parc Bourant

Jean Souriau, a Parisian Engineer, wanted to bring back the atmosphere of his childhood so he carefully reconstructed a Périgord village on 8 hectares of land so visitors could live life “à la Française” as if they were in the year 1900. 

It kind of feels like you’re visiting a living museum.

 Paul-Jean named his faux village parc le Bournat (“Bournat” means hive in the Occitan language) because rural life in a 1900 Périgord village is a hive of activities: 

The main attractions are vintage funfair rides, animals, educational and historical re-enactment of life during the 1900s.

Visit one of the 30 plus artisans and craftsmen, where you’ll discover the trades of yesteryear and see how things used to be done. At the mill, taste bread baked on-site by artisan bakers or watch how knives are made by hand. Other artisan demonstrations include the woodcarver, jam-maker, brewer, Potter, blacksmith and more., and demonstrations of more than 30 old craftsman trades. 

Literally, everything from the authentically reconstructed village post office, chapel, and school, down to the smallest detail of the village will take you back in time. You’ll also meet chickens, geese, sheep, goats, and Shetland ponies. There’s even a marsh you can paddle through to animal island where you’ll meet other village animals. 

There are no roller coasters here, just good old-fashioned rides of the time, including a 16-meter high Ferris wheel from 1900 and fun games made of wood. 

And of course, stop at one of the restaurants and experience food from the period. 

Parc Le Bournat is conveniently located next door to Aquarium du Périgord Noir and, the largest private aquarium in Europe and a campground. 

Pays de la Loire :

12) Le Puy Du Fou (1989) **A MUST VISIT**

2 301 000 visitors/year (2nd most visited in France after Disneyland Paris)

Address: 85590 Les Epesses, France

Best Theme park in France: Puy Du Fou

Located an hour from the Anger train station, Puy Du Fou was founded in 1989 and receives more than 2.3 million visitors per year, making it one of France’s most visited theme parks. 

Puy du Fou was named one of the world’s best theme parks by Trip advisor, and it has locations in France and Spain with plans for China in the future.

This park is different from others on the list. It doesn’t have thrilling rides, roller coasters or waterslides. Instead, it has amazing immersive shows that take visitors back in time through French history of the surrounding Puy du Fou region using pyrotechnics, actors, props, and trained animals- horses, raptors, big cats, falcons and cattle.

The park has different themed villages, each set up to represent a different time period, such as Medieval City, an 18th Century village. This is a great way to learn more about the history of France and to really immerse yourself in a different time.

Cinéscénie night show at Puy-de-fou-France-theme-park

One of its best-known shows at Puy Du Fou is the “Cinéscénie,” a night show which features over 1200 volunteer actors. 

13) Terra Botanica (2010)

330 000 visitors/year

Address : Route d’Épinard, 49000 Angers, France

Terra Botanica plant, flora and fauna inspired theme park in Angers France

Terra Botanica, located in Angers, France, is plant-inspired and combines the beauty of gardens and nature with the rides and attractions of an amusement park.

Budding botanists can explore and learn about flora and fauna in nearly 40 different experiences and rides.

There’s a hot air balloon ride where you can get an aerial view of the entire park. Sit in a half nutshell and travel through the park’s treetops as you pedal the nut along the tracks.  There’s a hologram and 4-D experience and a miniature barge where you can take a trip down the Loire. No thrill rides here, but this park is great for multi-generational families. 

Terra Botanica theme park located in Angers, France

14) Papéa Parc (1971)

Address: Lieu-Dit Neptune, 72530 Yvré-l’Évêque

Papéa Parc: Largest theme park in the Loire Valley

Papéa Parc, located less than 10 minutes from Le Mans France, is the largest amusement park in the Loire Valley. There are over 30 traditional attractions and rides suitable for all ages and 3 roller coasters.

There’s also a swimming pool, a giant water slide, circus shows, and aerial acrobatics during the summer months.

15) Parc des minis châteaux de la Loire (1996)

Address: Boulevard Saint-Denis Hors, 37400 Amboise, France

Park mini château de la Loire valley

Mini château de la Loire is a 12-hectare park where you can visit 41 miniature 1/25th scale models of the most beautiful and prestigious French châteaux and their gardens in one day, including the Château royal de Chambord, Chenonceau, and Blois. 

There are no thrill rides here. Children will enjoy driving a mini Bugatti race car around a track or a wooden horse around a track. There’s also a giant chessboard and a place to drive remote control boats. 

Plan on spending an hour or two here, and be sure to bring a lunch which you can eat at designated picnic areas or buy a sandwich, chips and ice cream at the gift shop. 

Occitanie :

16) Fabrikus World (1985)

Address : Voie Communale du Tricot et des Tots, 34450 Vias, France

Fabrikus World: A permanant fairground / amusement park located near Montpellier France

Located less than 45 minutes from Montpellier in the south of France is Fabrikus World (formerly known as Europark Vias Plage).

It was recently purchased and renamed by the Brunet family, who invested millions of euros into transforming this fair into a theme park dedicated to fairground rides and attractions.  There are over 80 for people of all ages. 

Rather than paying an entry fee and getting access to all the rides, visitors buy a magnetic card and purchase fabcoins. Each ride costs a certain amount of coins which you pay by swiping your prepaid magnetic card.

The park is open in July, August and the first week of September. 

17) Luna Park: (2005)

Address : Cap d, Ile des Loisirs, Avenue du Passeur Challies, 34300 Agde, France

Luna Park Cap d'Agde fair

Luna Park is a funfair located on a 5-hectare natural lagoon in Cap d’Agde, a resort town in the south of France famous for turning into a nudist metropolis in the summer. 

If the name “Luna Park” sounds familiar, that’s because there are dozens of amusement parks and fairs around the world, some operating and some closed, that share the same name. In France alone, over a dozen funfairs are called Luna Park, and we owe it all to the first one that opened on Coney Island in 1903.

Today the term “Luna park” or “Lunapark” is synonymous with “fair” or “amusement park” in several languages, including Turkish, Russian, and Greek. 

Luna Park Cap d'Agde Fair

There are over twenty attractions for adults, ten attractions for families, and twenty attractions for children, as well as carnival games and food.

Hours of operation are from 8:30 PM until 2:00 AM. 

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes :

18) Vulcania (2002)

350 000 visitors/year

Address: 2 route de Mazayes, 63230 Saint-Ours France

Volcania science park in France

If you’re looking for someplace unique and educational to bring kids under the age of 13 to, then Vulcania is the place for you.

Located in the heart of Auvergne, in central France, Vulcania is the only scientific park and museum in France entirely dedicated to volcanoes (volcanism), natural phenomena and the solar system.

To blend into its natural environment, the volcano park was built partly underground, down two levels. To access most attractions, interactive experiences, exhibits, 3D movies and 5D experiences, visitors must descend a walkway towards a dark stone structure shaped like a cone.

It has one single roller coaster, built-in 2021 called Namazu, an immersive earthquake-themed roller coaster named after a mythical giant catfish carrying the islands of Japan. The fish is kept in control by the god Kashima. When Kashima’s guard slips, Namazu causes earthquakes. 

19) Le Pal (1973)

 640 000 visitors/year

Address : Saint-Pourçain-sur-Besbre, 03290 Dompierre-sur-Besbre, France

Park Le Pal: French amusement park and zoo in one plus immersive safari hotel experience

Le PAL is a hybrid amusement park and zoo situated in the north of France on the border of Belgium and Luxembourg in Ardennes. 

Originally created in 1973 as an animal park, it became a full-fledged amusement park with rides in 1981 and has maintained Green globe platinum status for over a decade, an international certification for sustainable tourism.

The entire zoo/amusement park is spread out over 50 hectares of lush green parks and trees, with over 30 attractions and rides, including over 900 animals, animal shows, and educational presentations. The park also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a golf course.

In 2018, Le pal featured a new ride and its longest to date called Yukon Quad, An ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) themed roller coaster where riders are launched into a 1000 meter long landscape into the “Canadian” wilderness of northern Canada.

Yukon Quad Roller coaster at Le Pal: A French amusement park

Prices to the park are reasonable, and there are usually shorter queues. Some visitor reviews said that the zoo part was boring but enjoyed the rides at Le pal, while others said the opposite.

There are two hotels at le Pal that offer guests unique immersive experiences that will transport you to the African savannas: A 60-room hotel named Le Pal Savana Reserve, where guests are surrounded by giraffes and rhinoceroses, as well as a unique 31 room hotel with lodges on stilts also surrounded by natural wildlife. 

Le pal zoo / Amusement park immersive lodge hotel set in the African Savannah

20) Walibi Rhône Alpes (1979)

475 000 visitors/year

Address : 1380 Route de la Corneille, 38630 Les Avenières, France

French amusement park Walibi: Hurricane ride

Walibi Rhône-Alpes is the largest theme park in the Rhône-Alpes region.

“Walibi”, short for the three municipalities where the park is located (Wavre, Limal and Bierges)

There are over 33 rides spread out over 35 hectares. Many are perfect for children 90cm (35 inches) or taller. 

For older kids and adults looking for more thrilling rides, there’s the Timber, a giant wooden roller coaster and the hurricane, a 32 passenger swing that takes riders  49,7 metres (163 ft) up in the air and spins around in a circle. 

Grand Est :

21) Nigloland (1987)

655 000 visitors/year

Address : Rue de la Vallée du Landion, 10200 Dolancourt, France

Nigloland roller coaster the extreme dungeon

Nigloland (Niglo means hedgehog in Roma), located 3 hours southeast of Paris, was founded more than 30 years ago in 1987 by two brothers whose family has been in the funfair business for over one hundred years. 

This family park is perfect for the entire family and was named the 3rd best European amusement park at the European Star Awards in the category of fewer than 1 million visitors. 

There are roughly 27 attractions for children under one meter tall, 4 different themed areas, 39 attractions and shows for young and old, and 8 themed restaurants.

There are five main roller coasters for children and the family but for extreme scream enthusiasts, be sure to jump on “Le Donjon de L’Extrême” (French for “the extreme dungeon”). At 100 metres, it’s the tallest rotating free-fall drop in the world, the tallest freefall ride in Europe, and the fifth tallest freefall ride in the world.

Krampus expedition at Nigloland park is the first aquatic roller coaster of it's kind in France: 2021

In 2021, Park Nigloland introduced a sixth roller coaster called Krampus Expedition from German coaster maker Mack Ride. The ride’s name and theme are based on a “half-goat and half-demon” horned creature from Alpine folklore who scares children around Christmas time who have misbehaved. 

22) Le Parc du Petit Prince (2014)

Address : Le Parc du Petit Prince, Rue de l’Espoir, 68190 Ungersheim, France

Le parc du Petit Prince in Alsace

Fans of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book “Le petit prince” (The little prince) will love Le Parc du Petit Prince located in Alsace near Colmar and Mulhouse.

Inaugurated in 2014, it’s the world’s first aerial amusement park.  

There are around 34 rides, attractions and exhibits inspired by the Little prince, including a tethered hot air balloon ride and a sky bar that takes you up in a chair while your feet dangle in mid-air. 

23) Walygator Grand Est (1989)

280 000 visitors / Year

Address: Voie Romaine, 57280 Maizières-lès-Metz, France

WalyGator Grand Est French them park in France

About an hour south of Luxembourg city is Walygator.

There are 7 roller coasters for thrill-seekers, but the best ones are “The Monster,” a suspended or inverted roller coaster and the “Anaconda,” a giant wooden roller coaster. It also has 4 water rides for all ages and a bunch of rides for the little ones. 

Normandy (Normandie) :

24) Parc Festyland (1989)

180 000 visitors / Year

Address : Route de Caumont, 14760 Bretteville-sur-Odon, France

Festyland: a Norman Viking themed amusement park in Normandy France

Festyland, located in Normandy, France, is a relatively small park whose theme is focused on the Normans, Vikings, and the year 1066, which refers to the year the Battle of Hastings took place. In this battle, William, The Conqueror, defeated Harold Godwinson and conquered England.

Festyland features over 30 rides and attractions, a 3D cinema, a prehistoric area, a Viking camp designed for children and four restaurants.

In the summer, visitors can look forward to live performances with period actors dressed as Vikings and pirates with the occasional dinosaur. 

The park’s prehistoric themed area is different from the rest of the park and includes life-size models of dinosaurs and a rope bridge. 

Provence-Alps-French Riviera (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) :

25) Antibes Land (1981)

Address: 301 Rte de Biot, 06600 Antibes

Antibes Land, larges amusement park on the Côtes d'Azur

Not far from Cannes is Antibes, a coastal city located on the Mediterranean sea and home to Marineland and Antibes Land, the largest amusement park in the Côte d’Azur. 

This is the place to bring your friends and family in the evening for a fun-filled carnival-like atmosphere where you’ll find over 30 rides and attractions. 

The park is open from June to the end of September from 6 pm to 1:30 am. 

26) Le Village Des Fous (2015)

Address : 2559 Route de Grasse, Espace Loisirs La Vanade, 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet, France

Le Village Des Fous (French for "village of fools or crazies") is a type of outdoor activity theme park popular in the Cote d'Azur. 

Le Village Des Fous (French for “village of fools or crazies”) is what an amusement park would look like if Robin Caruso built it. This outdoor village is set in a forest environment and is a great place to get the whole family moving and excited about the outdoors. 

Rather than roller coasters and merry-go-rounds, the park features a range of rides, games & activities that adults have just as much fun doing as the kids. Many of the activities are water-based, which is great for cooling down on a hot day. 

Make sure you bring appropriate swimwear: some (not all) of the water rides follow the same strict rules as public pools in France, which require bathing suits: no burkinis, no t-shirts, scarves or anything that could get tangled up. This includes board shorts. 

Here is a partial list of all the outdoor activities: waterslides, climbing areas, funhouse, water splash area for young children, toboggan run, go-karts, treetop slides, water balloon catapult fighting area, mazes, trampolines, a haunted manor, a giant chessboard, and more.

The park also has a 13-meter high pyramid of ropes: the largest one in all of France. Check out the Facebook page for more photos

Le Village Des Fous (French for "village of fools or crazies") is a type of outdoor activity theme park popular in the Cote d'Azur. 

Village des Fous: outdoor activity forest theme park

27) OK Corral (1966)

400 000 visitors/year

Address : Route départementale 8, 13780 Cuges-les-Pins, France

OK Corral, Western theme park and amusement park in the South of France

Located in Cuges-Les-Pins, not far from Marseilles, France, is Ok Corral, first Inaugurated in 1966. If you haven’t guessed by the name, it definitely has a western theme going on. 

There are three mild roller coasters, Gold Rush, Pioneer and Serpent Hopi, and one water ride called Splash Mountain; perfect for those who like roller coasters but don’t want the pee in your pants experience. For the little ones, there’s Little Canoe, Pony Express, and Country Kid’s rides.

There are also western shows In Silver Dollar City: attack on the train by Indians, settling of scores, historical gunfight Reenactment to make you relive the epic American West and plenty of cowboy and Indian shows, which may or may not be politically correct.

“OK Corral” also offers unique western accommodations, including sleeping in chuckwagons and tipis. Some of the Tipis even have air conditioning. 

28) Parc Spirou (2018)

2700 000 visitors / year

Address: 1 Rue Jean-Henri Fabre, 84170 Monteux, France

French theme park in Provence: Parc Spirou Located in the southeastern region of France, one hour from Marseille, France and 20 minutes from Avignon, is a Parc Spirou Provence that opened in 2018. 

Parc Spirou is inspired by the popular Franco-Belgian comic series called Spirou and Fantasio that follows the adventures of Spirou, a bellhop-turned reporter who goes on wild adventures, aided by his pet squirrel Spip and inventor friend the Count of Champignac.

You’ll see other comic book characters at Spirou include Lucky Luke, Gaston Lagaffe, Marsupilami, Boule et Bill, Zombillénium, Kid Paddle, and Petit Poilu.

Parc Spirou is inspired by the popular Franco-Belgian comic series called Spirou and Fantasio

The parc is fairly small compared to the other ones on this list. There are 21 attractions spread out over 5 hectares of land, including 4 roller coasters, 15 rides for all ages, 1 water ride, 3D movies and green areas to relax and picnic. This parc is great to bring the younger kids. 

Brittany (Bretagne)

29) Kingoland (2014)

Address: Lieu dit, Locminé, Pondigo, 56500 Plumelin

Kingoland Theme park in Brittany

Kingoland is located in Brittany in northern France and has a wide range of rides for the whole family.

There are more than 40 attractions spread out over 10 hectares, including a 6D cinema, Bumpers Splash cars, a log ride, a haunted house and games. For the brave ones, try “Gravity,” a 2 G spinning ride. 

Map Of French Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In France

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Related French Vocabulary

Here is a summary of the vocabulary for amusement parks and fairs.

Fair = Foire

Fair traders / merchants = Forains

Trade fair = Foire forains

Carnival (US) / FunFair (UK)= Fête foraines

Amusement park = Parc d’attraction / Parc d’amusement

Theme Park = Parc à thème

Leisure Park = Parc loisirs

Merry Go Round / Carrousel = Le manège

Rides = Les Manéges

Roller Coaster = Le Montagne Russe

Ferris Wheel = La grande roue

Bumper Cars = Les autos tamponneuses

Fun house / Hall of mirrors = le palais de glace

Ticket Booth = le guichet

Cotton candy = La barbe à papa

Candy apple = Une pomme d’amour

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