fun for the kids (and the young at heart!)
In addition to some wonderful beaches, there are plenty of activities and attractions for young and old alike around the Charente-Maritime and the region. What follows is by no means an exhaustive list; more a flavour of what is available to you when you holiday with us. We will be adding more to this page as we receive recommendations from our guests, so please do check back.
Nearby (under 1 hour from Le Vincent)
ATLANTYS centre aquatique - indoor swimming pool complex
Address: 40 Chemin des Portes, 17400 Saint-Jean-d'Angély Tel: 05 46 59 21 50
Just a 10 minute car journey away in St Jean d'Angély, lies the Atlantys Indoor Aquatic Centre. Swimming pools, water slides, a jacuzzi and a sauna/hammam, mean that there is something for all the family here.
A full program of special events and activities throughout the year ensures watery thrills and spills for your adrenalin junkies or those who simply prefer to relax. Great for those less than perfect days where outdoor activities are less appealing. Please note that you will need a token or a 2 euro piece for the lockers and that swim shorts are not allowed.
Full details of prices, activities and opening hours available on the Atlantys website.
Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou (Poitou Donkey sanctuary)
Address: La Tillauderie, 17470, Dampierre sur Boutonne. Tel: 05 46 24 68 94
Situated just a short drive from Rue Vincent, near Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, the donkey sanctuary gives little ones a chance to get up close to the delightfully-shaggy and docile Poitou donkeys as well as the Mulassière horse and Poitou mule. In addition to meeting the animals, you can also ride in a tractor pulled by the donkeys or take a walk and perhaps have a picnic, accompanied by one. For more details and prices see the French Atlantic website here.
The Aquarium - La Rochelle
The Aquarium - La Rochelle
Considered one of the best in Europe, the aquarium boasts an impressive 12,000 marine animals, with 75 different aquaria within the complex – in three million litres of sea water! It is fantastic for families as there is something for everyone and for children of all ages. Many of the bigger tanks are at ground level, meaning that even small children can get up close to many of the creatures. A visit lasts about two hours.
paléosite - st. césaire
40 minutes from Rue Vincent, Paléosite is a great day out for adults and children with an interest in Prehistory. A prehistoric village, its people and creatures, together with crafts and skills such as tool-making and painting are brought to life on screen and by computer imaging as well as in real life on the site where the skeleton of a Neanderthal woman was unearthed just decades ago.
Step onto the body scanner to compare your skeleton to that of a Neanderthal and discover what you might have looked like via a computer program with some clever facial mapping. Try your hand at launching a flint-headed spear, join in an archaeological dig or paint your face warrior-style. Activities run at various times throughout the day, so allow at least three hours for your visit.
Full details of tariffs and opening hours here.
other places of interest
futuroscope, poitiers (1.25 hrs from Rue Vincent)
Address: Avenue René Monory, 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou Tel: 05 49 49 30 00
A futuristic theme park with a difference and a scientific twist, making it suitable for children of all ages and adults, too! In place of roller-coasters, think 3D & 4D cinemas, motion simulators & high-tech, multimedia attractions.
For a taste of what to expect, lists of all events and attractions on offer and admission prices, visit the website to download a copy of the brochure here.