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Recreational Activities in Paris

Recreational Activities

Theme Parks

Discover a spectacular visual feast; magical realms beyond your wildest dreams; and ride to make you laugh, scream and fly! Discover Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park! The visit of both Parks is included in our cultural integration program.

For more information: http://us.disneylandparis.com/index.xhtml

Parc Astérix is a theme amusement park, based on the stories of the famous French “Asterix” comic. Situated approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris and 32 km (20 mi) from Disneyland Resort Paris, in “Plailly” in the region of Oise, it opened in 1989.
It is especially well known for its large variety of roller coasters, and has begun incorporating rides and themes from historical cultures such as the Romans and the ancient Greeks.

For more information: http://www.parcasterix.fr/en/

Futuroscope is a French theme park based on multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world.
It is located in the region of Vienne, 10 kilometres north of Poitiers, on the territory of the communes of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and Jaunay-Clan. The park had 1.826 million visitors in 2010. In total, 40 million visitors have been to the park since it opened in 1987.

For more information: http://en.futuroscope.com/

Nigloland is an amusement park located in Dolancourt, in the region of Aube. For years, Nigloland has been quoted as one of the best theme park of France. With more than 500,000 visitors per season, that makes it the 3rd most famous park of France, just behind Disneyland and the Parc Astérix.

For more information: http://www.nigloland.com/

Nature park & Zoos

Paris-Cineaqua’s aquarium is an aquarium located under the hill of Chaillot between the Trocadero and the Seine River in the 16th district. The tour covers 3,500 m2 underground. It hosts around 500 species of fish and invertebrates and has about 9,000 specimens (except plants). The Polynesian area includes 600 coral. The Great Tank contains 30 sharks of four different species in three million liters of water. Therefore, it is the largest artificial basin in France. In total, four million liters of water are divided into 43 ponds and large aquariums, of which 500,000 liters of the “Aquastudio” makes an attraction with his glass of 34 cm thick and weighing 24 tons.

For more information: http://www.cineaqua.com/index.php/en/

The Amnéville Zoo is a private zoo located between Metz and Thionville in Lorraine. 2,000 animals of 350 species of the 5 continents are grouped on 16 acres. The zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other recognized organizations.

For more information: http://www.zoo-amneville.com/index.html

4 continents on 80 hectares: a journey of wild life. This is the largest animal park in the Rhone Alps! By foot, bus or car, the park offers all modes of escape. You travel from Madagascar to the poles; you experience the most unusual species and caress our most familiar friends, such as farm animals. Africa, North America and Asian countries meet in Peaugres Safari.

For more information: http://www.safari-peaugres.com/

The Thoiry’s animal park is a zoo located in the Thoiry’s Castle (Region of Yvelines). It covers 150 hectares (among the 380 hectare of the domain) has 46 mammal species (550 animals), 26 bird species (132 individuals), 9 reptile species (33 individuals) and 10 invertebrates species.
It includes a more traditional zoo and a botanical park of 126 hectares including several gardens: gardens fall, perfumes, English, maze, rose garden, etc.

For more information: http://www.thoiry.net/parc.php?lang=en

Parc des Félins is a zoological park in France dedicated to the breeding and conservation of wild members of the Cat family. It is located in the commune of Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux in Seine-et-Marne, about 53.6 km (33.3 mi) southeast of Paris. The park covers an area of 60 hectares (150 acres). Of the 41 recognized species of felines in the world, the park has 30 different species and subspecies, with a total of 140 cats.
The park opened to the public on October 14, 2006. Originally, the majority of the animals came from the Parc d'Aulneau, which was deemed too small to house this many animals.

For more information: http://www.parc-des-felins.com/en/

Nature park & Zoos

Vélib’ is the biggest bike-sharing in the world run by the Paris Town Hall since 2007. With over 20,000 bikes covering the city, available 24/7 all year long in 1,800 bike stations located every 300 meters, Vélib’ offers you an alternative way to move around Paris.
You can visit the entire city by bike, from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs Elysées, the Louvre museum and even the Sacré Coeur of Montmartre.
To see the stations next to EPITA, please consult the “around campus” map (lien hypertexte vers la rubrique “Around campus”).

For more information: http://en.velib.paris.fr/

For fans of skating, on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons are the inevitable dates for a great crossing of the friendly city!

For more information: http://www.pari-roller.com/index.php?p=101

The Paris Marathon is a unique opportunity to discover the city while participating in one of the most exciting races over the mythical distance of 26 miles, 385 yards.
The Paris Marathon is today one of the five biggest in the world (along with New-York, London, Berlin and Chicago), not only in terms of the field present, but also by the performances accomplished, the services and logistics put in place and the media coverage.
More than one hundred nations and 40,000 participants will be competing over the 26 miles and 385 yards of the most mythical event that athletics has to offer. On the second weekend of April, this journey through Paris, from the Champs-Elysées to avenue Foch via the Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne woods, boasts an unrivalled backdrop dotted with a wealth of popular events.

For more information: http://www.parismarathon.com/index_us.html

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