Top Ten Things To Do With Children In Carcassonne

  1. Visit Cité de Carcassonne, the largest and best-restored medieval castle in Europe. Begun in the 3rd and 4thcentury, this castle rose in strategic importance in the 13th to 17th centuries.
  2. Take a boat tour along the Canal du Midi, and see the operation of a lock up close. Tours run by Carcassonne Croisiere depart 2-8 times/day from the Carcassonne train stations. Or take a walk along the River Aude, just 100m from Maison Juliette.
  3. Take a swim at “Carcassonne Plage”, officially called Lac de Cavayere. A pretty man-made lake with a sandy beach, lifeguard-protected roped-off swimming area for children, pedal boats, playground, volleyball courts, and picnic area.
  4. Ride the zip lines through the trees at O2 Adventure, a forest acrobatic park designed for kids of all ages, located to the left of the main parking lot at the lake.
  5. Visit the Austrailian Park, near the lake. From big kangaroos to emus, from gold prospectors to aborigines, from boomerangs to didgeridoos, come and share in the “Australian dream”.
  6. Visit a cave.
  7. Visit a Llama Farm in the Montagne Noire, about 25 mi north of Carcassonne. See our annotated Google map for directions.
  8. Visit the Dinosaur Museum, displaying 35 different species of dinosaur skeletons. The museum was designed for children ages 6-12, so it’s not boring. Located in Espéraza, about 30 mi south of Carcassonne; see our annotated Google map for directions. More info in French at the museum’s web site.
  9. Visit Rennes Le Chateau, which was made famous by the movie, The DaVinci Code. More info on wikipedia. About 1 hour south of Carcassonne.
  10. See prehistoric cave paintings at Naiux Caves. About 1.5 hours southwest of Carcassonne.
  11. Visit Space Museum in Toulouse. About 1 hour northwest of Caracassonne.
  12. Visit the African Reserve in Sigean, a huge zoological park is designed to give the animals a territory vast enough to allow nearly the same behavior as in the wild. About 45 min southeast of Carcassonne.

OK, I couldn’t stop at ten things 🙂