Coming back from our weekend to the Loire castles, we saw on the highway several billboards advertising the Futuroscope, a French amusement park. I had never been there & Mick just once when he was a child, so we thought it could be fun to spend a day there with some friends!
With the most perfect timing, the morning after, while checking my e-mails, I saw an offer for the park on a private sales website: the perfect excuse for not postponing our visit to the Futuroscope any further!
Moreover, a friend of ours has a family house not so far away from the Futuroscope, so we eventually decided for a whole week-end in the countryside!
We arrived on a Friday evening & enjoyed a yummy & fun family dinner.
On Saturday morning, we woke up excited like kids for the day ahead!
We spent the whole day at the Futuroscope, feeling back to childhood! 😉
The Futuroscope doesn’t have big roller-coasters or adrenaline rides like Disneyland for instance, it’s more about simulators & 3d movies.
We had a really fun day there & I can’t recommend it enough! With or without kids 😉
In one day, it’s impossible to do all the attractions, but you can do the main ones and skip some shows or movies & the rides for the little ones.
What we preferred :
- The Extraordinary Journey : a ride where you really feel like flying as you’re up in the air, with your feet not touching the floor while you fly over several places all around the world. We loved it so much, we did it twice!
Little tip : try to get a seat in the highest row 😉
- Dances with the robots : that’s the only adrenaline ride at the Futursocope. There are giants robots and you seat in their hands. While they dance to the sound of Martin Solveig songs, you turn upside down in all directions! Truth to be said, at the beginning I was scared & hubby had to persuade me to go up the ride… But eventually I ended up doing the ride twice! 😉
For the record, if you go there with kids, you can chose the intensity of the ride – from 1 to 3 – so it doesn’t have to be necessarily scary. 😉
- Journey into the dark : you’ll travel the world as a blind person with the help of a blind guide. You’ll pass through a forest, a city & you’ll climb the Himalaya. What was quite scary was passing through Times square being blind… In the dark all the sounds & obstacles seems so threatening. & the smell of pollution felt so strong! All of your senses are more alerted in the dark.
At the certain point a guy in the group lighted up his phone. We all protested & our guide asked what was going on, revealing that he wasn’t seeing neither shadows & lights, but he was living in complete darkness. Of course I knew he was blind, but this episode affected me anyway.
You have to pay an extra charge of 5€ per person for this experience, but it really worth it. Plus your payement goes to an association supporting blind people.
- Arthur the 4D adventure : A very realistic simulator. We did it twice too!
Try to seat on the first row for this one!
As for the movies, what we really liked was :
- The Explorarium : The one where you go deep down the ocean. We saw so many colorful fishes, huge sharks & little creatures living on the corals.
- Tiny Giants : An Imax movie in which you follow 2 little animals in their everyday life. The technology is really impressive, all the details are amazing! Plus it’s the biggest screen in Europe, tall like a 7 floors building!
We also did all the other simulators, but these one were the best!
What we dislike the most :
- Aerobar : having a drink at the bar up in the air. Honestly, seeing it from the ground it looks like fun, but once you’re up there it’s super scary : you don’t feel really secured to the chair, the table is faraway from you, so you’re really feel suspended into the emptiness. It was really unpleasant.
You can buy a pass to skip the queue in the 5 most famous attractions. The number of pass is limited so you’d better go to the shop first thing in the morning if you want one (it’s kind of expensive though – 20 €). But we appreciated not having to queue for one hour…
We wandered among the futurist architecture, before taking the road back.
It really was a wonderful day.
We came back home happy & pretty exhausted, we could only have dinner before falling asleep with big smiles on our faces!
Sunday, on the opposite, was a very relaxing day!
We slept in, begun the day with some workout in the garden, had a long, lazy lunch…
& spent the afternoon in one of the nicest spot ever. Look for yourself! 🙂
While the guys fished,
we enjoyed the sun, laying in the grass & chatting around.
What’s more relaxing than being in such a place?! 🙂
Sadly, all good things have an end & in the night we came back to Paris.
But not before having picked up some beautiful flowers to bring some of the countryside back home with us!