Family Attractions

We appreciate that for families on holiday happy children mean happy parents. There are a wealth of attractions to entertain children to be found in the Poitou Charentes region and all of them within an hours drive of La Menatelliere.Le Puy du Fou is a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the heart of the Vendée. The park brings in some 1.5 million visitors every year, making it the second most popular tourist attraction in France after EuroDisney. It was voted best theme park in the world in the 2012 Athea awards in Los Angeles. Check out more details on our Puy de Fou page. It is less than an hours drive away.

La Rochelle Aquarium – La Rochelle’s blockbuster crowd pleaser rises from a harbour side position near the Port des Minimes, north of the old city. Inside are guided walkways stretching over two floors of massive and bubbling seawater tanks loaded with approximately 10,000 species of flora and fauna from the oceans of the world, living in what look like natural habitats. It’s hard to miss this place; there are signs for it all over town.

Mervent Forest of Adventures – an aerial assault course with plenty for young thrill-seekers just half an hours drive from la Menantelierre.

Parc de Pierre Bruin – Pierre Brune is a Fun Park on a 25 acre site full of attractions for all the family again just half an hours drive from la Menantelierre.

Indian Forest Atlantique – a forest based family attraction in the Vendee offering 60 different activities to interest and hopefully tire out your children less than 90 minutes drive away.

Vallee des Singes – take your little monkeys to visit real ones for the day! Less than 2 hours drive away.



Parcabout – another aerial assault course, this time conveniently close at Fontenay le Comte.

BocaSpeed – for the adrenalin junkies amongst you why not try your hand at Go-Karting at this track on the way towards Moncoutant, about 15 minutes drive from la Menantelierre.


Futuroscope – Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. Just over an hours drive to the East.


A map of all our local attractions can be found using our Google Map of the area.

For a list of lots more attractions visit the Vendee Guide website, things to see and do in the Vendee (English Language guide). You can also check this page of local attractions on Google or this site covering Tourism in the Deux Sevres.

Angela Bird has also put together a comprehensive English language guide to the Vendee.