What to Do When it Rains in France

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No matter which region you visit when you go camping in France, there is always a chance that it might rain. But what should you do when those black clouds begin to form? Here are a few ways to keep the kids entertained if and when the heavens do decide to open.

The Haribo Museum

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Located in Languedoc, the Haribo Museum not only provides you with shelter from the elements, but will be your children’s idea of paradise. On entering the museum you will be given a bag of sweets and treats in exchange for your entry fee. This bag also includes tokens that can be used in the various sweet making machines that you will encounter on your way through the museum. With interactive displays guiding the children through every step of the sweet making process, there are hours of fun to be had. Displays such as ‘the marshmallow lady’ will fascinate the entire family. At the end of the trip, watch the children’s faces light up as you enter the gift shop, but be sure to keep them active for the rest of your time camping in France, in order to burn off all that sugar!

La Rochelle Aquarium

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There are better ways to enjoy water than in the rain when camping in France, such as experiencing a whole world of water at the aquarium in La Rochelle. With a reputation for being one of Europe’s most impressive sea life centers, the La Rochelle aquarium does not disappoint. You will enter the attraction via an elevator, which creates the impression of traveling deeper and deeper into the ocean. From the elevator, you will continue into a tunnel surrounded by water; marvel as creatures from the smallest of fish, to stingrays and small sharks swim over and around you. The most impressive part of the aquarium however, is the central core shark tank. You will pass this tank three times during the course of your visit, allowing you to view the sharks from above, below and then close up at eye level. With an astounding selection of sea life, La Rochelle Aquarium will not only educate you and your children, but will keep you all intrigued for hours, or at least until the rain passes.

Parc du Futuroscope

Le parc du futuroscope
A theme park that will stun every one of your senses, Futuroscope is packed with thrills, shows and encounters. The park, based around audiovisual and cinematographic attractions, lets you see the world in a new light, showing you everything in 3D, and even letting you see what the future might hold. See dinosaurs, fly to the moon, dance with robots and even step into the jungle to see what the wildlife of the future will look like; there are over twenty fantastic experiences that will leave you entranced. You might also like to take in a show on one of the park’s enormous, 3D cinema screens. Films show daily and include magical fairy tales, space travel, scientific phenomenon and even magic shows. With attractions to suit every member of the family, the rain will well and truly be forgotten while you’re at Futuroscope.

Everybody who goes camping in France worries that their holiday will be spoiled by the weather. But camping can be fun come rain or shine. With some of the most exciting attractions to be found indoors, there are plenty of ways to keep the family’s spirits up as the rain comes down.

Author Resource:-> Lorraine Waddell is the brand and advertising manager of Canvas Holidays, a leading European camping operator that provides the best selection of sites for camping in France (https://www.canvasholidays.co.uk) With over 40 years of experience, Canvas offer superb camping holidays to France, Spain and a total of 9 European countries.

By: Lorraine Waddell

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