Located in the heart of the French Alps and set in the shadow of the magnificent Mont Blanc glaciers, Chamonix is well known for its winter sporting activities. This wonderful mountain resort, however, is also a haven for outdoor-loving families in the summer too.
Put the mountain biking, the hiking and the rock climbing on hold – there are so many unexpected, action-packed adventures to be had here. We have highlighted three of the best leisure parks in the area, and all within a very short distance of the town itself.
Chamonix Leisure Park
This exciting park will have your kids feeling super enthusiastic. Totally unique to Chamonix, this mountain playground has so much for the youngsters (and the adults) to enjoy! The best part about this place is that children as young as three are catered to.
- Chamonix Luge Alpine Roller Coaster
- The four-seat chairlift that takes you up 4000ft
- Electric motorcycles
- Indoor and outdoor play areas
- Giant swing
- Flying boat
- You can bring your own picnic so there’s no need to spend money on a meal out.
- Access is easy from the main road into Chamonix – it is only a two-minute walk from the town centre.
Luge Alpine Coaster of Chamonix
For buckets of exhilaration, head to this incredible roller coaster in the mountains. Set along a 1300m track, the coaster features turns and spins of 540°. This fabulous attraction is right in the centre of town and it is now open all year round.
- Two adults can ride in one sled.
- Every rider is securely fastened in with a seatbelt.
- The ride operates in all weather.
Accro Park des Gaillands
A wonderful tree top adventure awaits at this exciting venue that boasts six courses and more than 70 different obstacles for your kids to tackle. From giant zip lines to Tarzan swings, everyone is accommodated, including children as small as one metre high!
Safety is paramount and all equipment is provided and individually fitted.
- This adventure park is less than three kilometres from the town centre, towards Les Bossons.
- State of the art security is implemented on all courses and training is given before entry.
- The Buvettes des Gaillands offers drinks and snacks all day.
- Prices range from 26€ for an adult to 9€ for children under 130cm.
- During the summer holidays (01/07/2019 to 31/08/2019) the park is open from 10am to 7pm. The last entrance is at 4pm.
Where to Stay
Appartements de l’Hôtel de l’Arve – These self-catering apartments are well set up for families looking for independent and convenient holiday accommodation. Kids will love the games rooms and parents will be thankful for the sauna after a long day keeping up with the youngsters.
All of the apartments have a communal living area offering loads of space for the kids to spread out. The kitchenettes in the Appartements de l’Hôtel de l’Arve have all the necessary appliances for self-catering, including that all-important dishwasher. With grocery shops and bakeries close by, eating in is very easy. Free WiFi is the cherry on tops; the facilities here make this hotel an excellent one for families.
Alpina Eclectic Hotel – This hotel is ideal for families wanting to be close to the centre of Chamonix. With two restaurants on site, you don’t have the hassle of finding a place to eat every evening. There is a small shop in the hotel too, which is great when you need to stock up on a few snacks.
The free WiFi is very helpful when the kids want to have some down (and screen) time, and the balconies and views are a lovely feature for Mum and Dad to enjoy once the little ones have gone to sleep. Parents will also be pleased to know that there is a spa and wellness centre at Alpina Eclectic Hotel too. With a buffet breakfast offered daily, this hotel is well-prepared for families.
How to Get to Chamonix
Chamonix is only an hour and 15 minutes from Geneva Airport (GVA), which is well-served with flights from the UK. There are several direct flights each week from various airports throughout the UK and prices are usually very competitive. Airlines such as easyJet offer the best prices for the 90-minute journey, but British Airways often have some good deals too.
When travelling with kids, getting from the airport to your accommodation can be a logistical nightmare. With Shuttle Direct you can look forward to a door-to-door service, a comfortable vehicle and a personal greeting upon arrival. Book in advance while you’re still in the UK and your onward transfer will be seamless and hassle-free.
- UK to GVA Flight Time: 90 minutes
- GVA to Chamonix Distance: 101 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
About Shuttle Direct
Here at Shuttle Direct, we pride ourselves on providing a top-class service and maintaining our reputation as one of the best transfer companies in Europe and North Africa. We offer a personal, comfortable and reliable service, and aim to make the journey to your final destination as seamless as possible. Booking in advance makes travelling with youngsters much easier too.