By Ludivine Corporal
The end of the long holidays is approaching. You took advantage of the swimming pool, the museums, went shopping and strolled… But you are now running out of ideas? Here are some activities selected by Lyon news to do around the capital of Gaul and without emptying your PEL.
A giant maze in a cornfield (7.50 euros)
Between Lyon and Saint-Etienne, this giant maze created in a cornfield entitled Labyland (Rhône) is, to say the least, an unusual outing. No less than 4 kilometers of alleys with intersecting paths, zigzags and crossroads are at speed to find the exit.
Inside the maze, you can also lend yourself to a great adventure and discovery game with knowledge tests and puzzles to do as a family or in a group.
Open 7 days a week until September, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Open weekends from September from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Adult price: 7.50 euros. Child rate (under 16): 6.50 euros.
The Balme caves (10 euros)
The historical and geological site of balme caves (Isère) is only 40 minutes from Lyon. If you want to stay cool, this is the ideal activity. With a constant temperature between 12 and 15 degrees, you will explore more than a kilometer of underground caves and perhaps admire the many bats that live there.
A fascinating outing that tells the incredible story of erosion and transports its visitors to another world.
Prices: 10 euros for adults and 8 euros for children up to 17 years old. The sites are open every day until September 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From September 5, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open Wednesday to Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Postman Cheval’s palace (9.50 euros)
Unique masterpiece in the world and classified as a Historic Monument, Postman Cheval’s Palace (Drôme), 1h15 from Lyon by car, is an exceptional place that you have to see once in your life.
Composed of multiple stones that Ferdinand Cheval picked up during his rounds as a postman, the palace was completed in 1912 after 33 years of hard work. The dreamy man wanted to create an “ideal” place in his little vegetable garden that he imagined inhabited by magical beings. A unique architectural work that has inspired many artists and is still very popular today.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and from 9.30 a.m. in September. Adult price: 9.50 euros. Child rate from 6 to 16 years old: 5.50. Online reservation recommended.
The Château de Bouthéon estate (8.60 euros)
1 hour from Lyon, the domain of Boutheon Castle (Loire) offers several places to visit to immerse yourself in ancient history: castle, farm park with its animals and gardens, aquarium… Enough to make a beautiful educational walk alone, with family or as a couple.
Count about 3 hours of visit for all the sites. Adult price: 8.60 euros. Child rate up to 17 years old: 5.90 euros. Free for children under 7 years. Open until the end of August from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and from September, from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The Blue Valley leisure center (Free or 7 euros)
Located on the banks of the Rhône and less than an hour from Lyon by car, the blue valley leisure center (Isère) is an invitation to relax.
Access is free but to take advantage of the facilities on offer, such as the aquapark with outdoor swimming pool equipped with a 1,200 m2 heated pool, a giant slide, a paddling pool with water games and a volleyball court, the entrance is chargeable.
Count 7 euros for an adult entry and 6 euros for children from 2 to 10 years old. Access is free for children under 2 years old. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the end of August.
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