‘Did you hear that? Mummy look! Oh wow!’ My three year old son shouted in excitement as we heard the loud, piercing sound of a peacock’s scream. He was in a state of awe as it spread out its green, eye-spotted tail of feathers.
The Parc aux animaux du Bois-de-la-Bâtie is one of my favourite places to spend a day at with my kids. Hosting a variety of barnyard wildlife such as goats, poneys and wooly pork as well as other regional animals like roe deers, alpine ibex and owls, it allows visitors to observe and familiarize themselves with these animals.
Participating in their conservation to prevent extinction, it is opened every day.
Being free of charge, it can be enjoyed at the following times:
November to March: 8am to 6pm;
April to October: from 8am to 8pm.
‘What’s that? What’s this? Oh look!’ We can easily spend between one and two hours wandering around this park admiring the animals, as curiosity takes over the kids.
To add to the entertainment, there is a big playground outside of the animal zone. From swings, slides and a sandbox to a stationary train, climbing pyramids and horse shaped seesaws there are plenty of fun toys to delight children.
Plus in summer, it hosts a wading pool with fountains and showers. Toilets are accessible next to it. Additionally, sun loungers are available for free to the public.
A coffee shop and a restaurant are also established on the site: The Cottage of Bois-de-la-Bâtie and Café of the Tour du Bois-de-la-Bâtie. In addition, there is a specially designed area for free of charge grilling which offers a few grills near the playground. This is a good opportunity to enjoy a barbeque with your family and friends.
Overall, it’s an ideal destination for a great family afternoon. This huge park is beautifully landscaped, offering varied recreation for adults and children.
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