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Secondary to Disneyland Paris park, Walt Disney Studios opened in 2002 and gives visitors a "behind-the-scenes" look at the magic of filmmaking. Organized into 4 different lots, as in movie lots, the park offers families a variety of attractions for all ages. For the little ones, there is Toy Story Playland with rides and attractions from the beloved film. For the older kids, there is an Aerosmith-theme rollercoaster, the deathly Tower of Terror and the thrilling Moteurs Action! live action stunt show. Everyone will enjoy taking a trip back in time and strolling through Hollywood Boulevard during the golden age of film.
This Abbey houses collections on the history of the Champagne region spanning from prehistoric times to 1945. The Abbey has an extensive collection on it's own history in a cloister dating to 1709. There is an exhibit of Gallo-Roman Reims, another on regional archeology, and a large section on French military history. There are tours in English, as well as a boutique.
Musée Safran offers a chance to explore over a century of aeronautical development under one roof. This museum offers guided tours by prior booking for a minimum of 10 persons. The museum's unique collection features aircraft engines, helicopters, landing gear, rockets, and much more. The interactive displays allow you to explore the history of aviation in a fun and engaging manner. Visitors can try their hand at flying a plane with the flight simulator. The museum has limited opening hours and details of booking a visit and a guided tour are available on the website.
Located on the Route de Champagne, the Château de Condé is a historical monument that has been inhabited by princes since the early Middle-age. It has been inherited by the Bourbon family in the 15th century. Rumor has it that Cardinal de Bourbon Vendôme, better known as Prince de Comdé, has been named after this domain, since he loved to spend time there. Still family-owned, the dazzling castle is available to the public for visits in the summer. Consult them also for receptions and wedding rentals.
L'Escargot Des Grands Crus is a place where snails are bred in a controlled environment. Visitors are welcomed to this snail farm in large groups of up to 50 people. Several tours are provided including school tours, a simple and free tour of the facilities and a tasting tour wherein visitors are treated to a tasting of snail croquilles. Special cooking workshops are also organized here wherein you can learn how to prepare delicacies with snails in a professional kitchen. All in all, this is a trip that the whole family can make as there is something for everyone to learn.
Châlons-en-Champagne's premier performing arts venue, La Comète hosts theatrical performances, dance performances, movie screenings, comedy evenings and much more under one roof. With an emphasis on children's programming, the theater has a dedicated line up of plays and movies just for kids. Offering a chance to experience the regions rich cultural heritage firsthand, La Comète promises an evening of outstanding entertainment for all ages. It is a cultural hub in its truest sense.
This popular amusement park has just about everything to keep you entertained for hours. From roller coasters to haunted houses, it seems everywhere you turn there is something fun and exciting to do. For the thrill seekers (and strong stomachs) try the popular rides like the La Course De Bobsleigh or the Grizzli, a popular roller coaster that will leave you spinning. Younger kids will love the Adventure Jungle, where you can spot "wild" animals on a water safari or the Dinosaures Aventure where mock Dinosaurs come to life. The park is located in the middle of the Forêt d'Orient in the Aube section in the Champagne region, not too far from Paris. There is also a pirate-themed hotel inside the theme park grounds, so the fun doesn't need to stop when the sun goes down. For further details and updated timings, call ahead or check the website.
Located in the picturesque commune of Bussy Saint-Martin, Parc Culturel de Rentilly has plenty to offer to its neighboring residents. While a chateau occupies a major part of the property, the landscaped gardens surrounding it offer plenty of tranquil spaces to visitors. The culturally inclined will love the regular exhibits on display in the chateau, while kids can enjoy the occasional live performances held here. If you're lucky, you might just see a deer peeping from behind the bushes.
Located within the sprawling theme park of Disneyland Paris, the Disney Village provides exciting entertainment through its various features. It hosts regular live concerts that appeal to all age groups, web radio entertainment for preschoolers and kids, the Gaumont Cinema Complex, the IMAX 3D theater and the Panor Magique, a hot air ballooning adventure. Besides, there are plenty of dining options, shops to take home your favorite toys and arcade-style recreation areas.
Located just a short train ride away from central Paris, the Disneyland resort faced some opposition when it first opened its doors in 1992. Any controversies seem to be all forgotten, Disneyland Paris is now the most visited tourist attraction in Europe, receiving over 15 million visitors every year - that's more than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower combined. Like other Disney parks around the world, expect to see familiar staples such as Sleeping Beauty castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantasyland and rugged Frontierland. Adventureland is unique, it has an Aladdin theme, including a bazaar and restaurant. Transportation to the park from central Paris is quite easy, just take RER C to Marne-la-Vallé. Train station is located right at the gate of the park. For families wishing to spend a few days exploring the park, there are several fantastic Disney-owned hotels in the area including the impressive art deco Disney's New York Hotel.
La Comédie de Reims brings together performance spaces, experimental projects, and educational initiatives surrounding the performing arts. Three stages (large, small, and theater workshop area) host a continual schedule of plays, children's theater, world music performances, and an annual festival. An artistic collective created for La Comédie de Reims and a handful of associated theater companies collaborate in explorations of artistic expression, and classes are offered to the public.
Lac du Der has become an increasingly popular destination for families and groups looking to have a little fun either in the water, hiking in the woods or participating in any number of events and sports offered nearby. Fishing is a fun activity that you will find many families partaking in while there are some incredibly picturesque hikes around the lake that make a great activity. For the more adventurous family, there are options of horseback riding, jet skiing, sailing, and biking. The bird migration here has also become quite a spectacle and is beloved by bird watchers and enthusiasts from all over the world.