Families travelling in the French mountains this summer may be wondering what kid-friendly activities are available . . . well there are many fun mountain adventures for children that go beyond hiking and biking.
Children (and adults for that matter) who enjoy flying through the air will have fun at France's many adventure circuits. Priced around €14 to €20, these parks include tightropes to walk, suspended footbridges to cross, and rappels to swing down. Many are located in the Alps, the Pyrenees, and the Vosges.
Aventure parc, a pioneer in French adventure circuits, has parks at Serre Chevalier, Les Gets, Les 2 Alpes, and Aramits.
Another, more daring option is via ferrata, or rock climbing. Climbers use ropes, harnesses, and metal ladders attached to the mountain face to move up, down, and across. Several via ferratas are suitable for children under the supervision of a professional monitor.
There are literally hundreds of freely accessible climbing sites in the French mountains, some of which include the gorges of the Durance, the vias of Aussois, and the Saix du Tour via ferrata at Les Portes du Soleil.
Water sports such as rafting and kayaking are also popular among summer mountain goers. Children can ride downriver rapids with a professional guide and adult supervision or simply learn to paddle a kayak in calm waters.
Areas around Morillon offer opportunities for children to paddle on a smooth lake and then try canyoning on some easy streams.
Summer in the mountains can be much more than just pretty hikes and bike rides, offering a variety of activities to keep the children's curiosity perked.