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Le Parc Astérix: big on thrills, big on together‑time

Dedicated to France’s most iconic comic strip books ‘The Adventures of Astérix’, welcome to Parc Astérix theme park near Paris, the extraordinary world of its best-loved figures of fun: Astérix, Obélix and Idéfix! Adrenaline kicks in from the moment you arrive, when it feels like you’re actually stepping inside the pages of the books themselves, and you’ll find fun and humour at every turn, whatever your definition of thrills: carousels for the little ones, rollercoasters for wannabe thrillseekers, and extreme rides for those who can’t get enough of the adrenaline highs. Size gauges will help you work out your suitability for different rides, and with 40 attractions to fit in, you might want to think about staying the night at one of the on-site theme park hotels too, ensuring you make the most of your unforgettable family weekend break.

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©Northern France, Plailly, Parc Asterix, theme park france |CRTC Hauts-de-France - Nicolas Bryant

You’ll all love Paris’s ‘other’ theme park!

Just as the park’s most lovable characters’ names end in ‘ix’ so too do some of the rides: take ‘Discobélix’ where gentle sways soon become disorientating high-speed spins, like you’re cascading into a cauldron of magic potion. Or there’s ‘Goudurix’, kicking off with 37 metres of mounting anticipation, then far-reaching views over towards Paris, then a 90km per hour descent (yep, that’s 55mph) and no less than 7 hair-raising loops! Not bad for starters, huh? That is until you discover the rides with Greek names like ‘Tonnerre de Zeus’ where the sheer drop, tight bends, thunderous noise and breathtaking speed  ̶  80km per hour this time – will have you holding on to your seat for dear life!

If you’ve got teens in tow, you’ll never see fixed grins quite like the ones they’ll have on the unbeatable ‘Oziris’ ride  ̶  half in stitches at the sight of you, yet half terrified themselves. And it’s little wonder, since you’ll all feel like you’re flying, feet in the air, head (gulp!) upside down. When you’re back on solid ground, team spirit will be sky high, and you’ll all be high-fiveing that you’ve braved it together. Boom!

And as you might expect in this day and age, there’s digital fun to be had at Parc Astérix too  ̶  and believe us, it’s no less entertaining. Be sure to leave time for the big screen 4D showing of ‘Attention Menhir’, in which an ancient standing stone smashes the screen. But no spoilers here; we’ll say no more!

Need to catch your breath? Hungry? Here’s how to take time out at Parc Astérix

Peckish? No problem! There are pit stops aplenty at Parc Astérix, whether you’re after a decent lunch to keep you going or just a quick snack. For anyone who’s hungry but can’t bear to press pause on the day’s thrill-seeking agenda, the only option is ‘Aérolaf’, a rotating bar 35 metres off the ground! Those who’d prefer a bit of quiet time to recharge the batteries between rides can head down to the Elis river to meet the gods of Ancient Greece in Olympus’s tranquil gardens.

 

Fancy staying the night?

To complete the feeling of complete escapism, why not spend the night at one of Parc Astérix’s three on site hotels: ‘Hôtel des 3 Hiboux’, the characterful ‘Cité Suspendue’ hotel on stilts amongst the trees, or the brand new ‘Quai de Lutèce’ hotel, a reconstruction of the Seine on the banks of the Sequana river.

 

Local's tip

Crépy-en-Valois_Elise de l'office de tourismeCrépy-en-Valois_Elise de l'office de tourisme
Want to become a real-life cowboy? It’s possible!

 

La Mer de Sable was France’s first theme park – it’s a unique place that showcases the Wild West in a natural sand backdrop. Have a true family adventure experiencing all the attractions, and horse shows, not to mention the renowned Wild West “train hijack” re-enactment. where the cowboys take on the indians. Everyone from toddlers to adults will find a cowboy boot to fit! In October, the park takes on an autumnal feel and adventurers can join in the ambiance of Día de los muertos or the Day of the Dead. Located 45 minutes north of Paris and 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport, La Mer de Sable provides a welcome change of scenery for all the family.

Elise, Crépy-en-Valois Tourist Office
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