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For a more athletic walk or bicycle ride, check out Ramier Island. It is located on a peninsula between two waterways, and the footpath runs past strange looking buildings that used to be part of a gunpowder factory. The park is peaceful and fairly wild, and many birds live here. When you've finished your walk, it's easy to get back to the town center: simply follow the bicycle track along the dike, which affords a great view of the Garonne River. You can also visit the North of the island: there's a new stadium, an outdoor swimming pool, an exhibition center, and a 19th-century hydroelectric factory.
On the Ramier island, in the midst of center city, there are actually two twin pools: the Nakache indoor pool, used all winter, and the Parc des Sports uncovered summer pool. This last is probably one of the most pleasant in Toulouse, the 1950s' architecture is quite sweet (there are even fake rocks), and the pool itself is enormous. Several package tickets are offered, among others a subscription for 5 entrances that includes swimming lessons for adults and children.
A huge loop of go-kart tracks provides the space for children, adults, and competitors to speed past the finish line as many times as open hours allow. The venue also contains a panoramic bar looking out onto the tracks, hosts competitions, and may be rented for events or workshops. During certain hours, the course is restricted to children or specific vehicles on the tracks. Tickets may be purchased for individual runs or in packages. See website or call for details.
A ten minutes drive east of Toulouse brings you to this indoor carting track, open to children from 7 years old up. A great chance for everyone to let off steam with minimal risks on 80-100 cm3 go-carts. Crazy races and an intense atmosphere make it an unforgettable experience for ace drivers and speed lovers; polite and pleasant employees make you really feel welcome. The required protection helmets are provided by the carting center.
About ten kilometers west of the city, the green area of La Ramée is well known mostly for its large lakes and water sports. In the wooded area around the lakes there are other facilities: football and volleyball fields, jogging trails, a mountain-bike course, an indoor swimming pool, a golf club, a children's playground and a miniature harbor. There's a picnic area and a little refreshment kiosk near the water. A good day out for the family.