Travelling with young children can be a challenge. With having to find enough family friendly activities to keep them occupied, the added cost and the lack of time to yourself, holidays take a very different shape when you become a parent. However, the secret to success is all about choosing the right destination. Chamonix, located in the heart of the French Alps, is heaving with options for young families. Famous as a ski resort, it is also a great choice in summer when prices drop, the snow melts and the sun shines on the stunning views of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe. |
So, What is There to Do in Chamonix for Young Children?
• Swimming: The Richard Bozon Chamonix Sports Centre has a 25m indoor pool, a heated outdoor pool during the summer and a separate children’s area. It even has a water slide! Alternatively, there are some stunning natural lakes that are warm enough for children to swim in during the summer months. Try Lac de Passy or the ecological lake pool at Comblou.
• Adventure Parks: Chamonix is well known as an adventurer’s playground and this doesn’t have to be off limit for children! The local Amusement Park will provide thrills for the whole family. Ride the Luge Alpine Coaster rail or check out the trampolines, zipline and playground. The Paradis des Praz is also an option for very young children. It has a play area, ponies and a small lake for supervised swimming.
• Nature Reserves: Observe local fauna in the Merlet Animal Park where deer, chamois, ibex, marmots and others roam free in this huge park. There is also the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve and Les Marécottes, the Swiss Alpine Zoo.
• Train Rides: Le Petit Train is a red and white tourist train that takes regular trips around town. For more adventurous youngsters there is the Montenvers Train, which climbs from Chamonix up to the Mer de Glace cable car. The ice caves themselves may not be suitable for little ones as they are at the top of a steep ascent; however, the train journey itself is spectacular!
On top of this, the town also has several crèches and baby-sitting services, perfect for parents looking to spend a day relaxing in one of the local spas or exploring the surrounding mountains.
With hundreds of hotels and restaurants lining the streets of the town, finding something to suit your needs and your budget is unlikely to be an issue.
How to Get to Chamonix
When going abroad with young children, obviously the travel needs to be as fast and easy as possible. This is another reason why Chamonix is such a good choice. Many airlines fly into the airports in the surrounding area at competitive prices. The closest one is Geneva and there are flights from 20 UK airports, making this a convenient destination for most British families.
Once your flight lands, getting from Geneva to Chamonix is easy. Private transfers will take you directly from the airport to your hotel and take just over an hour.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you need an airport transfer from Geneva to Chamonix, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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