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The Dordogne-Great For Kids

Many of the listed attractions are within easy reach, some just 20 minutes away.

Aquarium Parc - the largest private outdoor freshwater aquarium with different fish displayed in a 300m underwater gallery. There is an insect zone with a glass-hive housing 80,000 bees. Special events during the day: feeding with the public, dive-feeding of sturgeon and carp, and a diver show.

Museum of Le Thot prehistoric theme park with live animals that would have lived in prehistoric times, animatronics mammoth that roars, a reproduction of the largest of the Lascaux caves, Introductory workshops on wall paintings showing the techniques of prehistoric art using natural pigments and there is an "excavation module" which simulates an archaeological dig.

Le Bournat
is a large open air museum with a reconstructed village showing life in 1900. Animals on a farm ,a working windmill,traditional bread making, basket weaving, reed cutting, wool spinning, pottery making, an old-fashioned fair with amusement rides for little kids - all included in the price. You can even dress up the whole family and have a ‘bygone era’ sepia photograph taken for an additional charge.
Jacqou Park - near Le Bugue has an animal parc with farm animals from around the world like llamas & angora goats, an aqua parc and amusement parc with a bouncy castle and rides, a mini-golf and a snack area.
Roque St. Christophe is a huge Troglodyte cave complex about a half mile in length, this majestic cliff rises vertically above the Vezere valley to a height of over 250ft. It is like a huge hive with about 100 caves hollowed out of the rock on five tiers. Neanderthal fossils have been found at this site.  
Gouffre de Padirac is a crystalline cave with stalactite and stalagmite formations. You descend into the cave via elevators,  then you take a 700m underground boat trip through the river cave . The tour continues on foot past beautiful pools, caverns, stalactites and waterfalls. Outside there is a shady park, games area, picnic spot, several restaurants. 
Treetop Adventure Parks- L'Appel de la Forêt  in Thenon and Indian Forest Perigord in Carsac/Sarlat - Five courses are available the smallest being suitable for 5 year olds.
Chateau Milandes - Former residence of Josephine Baker, has enough entertainment to captivate the whole family. Children will enjoy a birds of prey show or the art of falconry in an enchanting setting.
Hanging Gardens of Marqeyssac - During the summer each Thursday evening the gardens are lit by candlelight and various musicians play in different parts of the garden. A magical experience not to be missed.

Watersports-Waterskiing,wakeboarding, knee boarding, sailing – available at a watersports center in Rouffiac, a 40 minute drive. This center has a small beach, pedalos , canoes sailboats for children and novices are available for hire.

Horseriding & Beach - a small shingles beach and equestrian center where pony and horserides are available  Domaine de Favard in Tamnies, 25 minutes away. Another horse center nearby.

Minigolf in Montignac -10 minutes away. Other activities are: Quad bikes, helicopter rides, boat tris (called Gabarre).

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Hat Festival
The Hat Festival
  • There are many Festivals during the summer such as Hat festival-above, Mime festival, International festival in Montignac a lot of which culminate in fireworks displays.
Family canoeing
Canoeing down the Dordogne
  • Spend a day in a canoe drifting down the Dordogne River gently passing Chateau Beynac, Castlenaud and fascinating villages like La Roque-Gageac. Safe for children (lifejackets are provided). Bring a picnic. You can take as long as you want, stop wherever and whenever you want along the way.
Aquapark
Inflatables in the waterpark
  • Waterpark just 40 minutes away with everything for the whole family :a lake for swimming and fishing, canoeing or pedalo riding; 3 waterslides , 3 swimming pools catering to different age groups,paddling pool for toddlers, water jets and little slides , Picnic benches ,a playground where children and adults can play volleyball, table tennis, petanque; see saws, swings, a sandpit and a restaurant.
  • Markets (night and day) and during the summer there is one every day in the area; local food fayres with bands performing, and stalls selling  meat and local produce.
  • Check out our news and events section to see what markets and festivals are on

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