Hotel de France welcomes children of all ages and there’s plenty to keep them occupied!

From festivals to discovery walks, sports parks and much more, a magical holiday or short stay for all the family is guaranteed.

Nature and animals

Discovery trails starting at La Chartre-sur-le-Loir are a brilliant way to explore the immediate area, and have been designed specially to engage children. Further information available from reception.

Just a stone’s throw from Forêt de Bercé in Jupilles village is the Carnuta educational centre and forestry office. An interactive space where families can learn about the ancient trees, the centre also holds children’s workshops and exhibitions.

Zoo La Fléche is one of France’s most impressive zoos and the subject of a TV show.  Its famous occupants include Taïko the polar bear and Yang the red panda. Children can sign up to be a zookeeper for a day.

The Loire Valley’s inspired Terra Botanica is a theme park dedicated to the plant world – both educational and heaps of fun!

Sporting fun

Swimming pool complex Luché Pringé is a brilliant family day out. As well as several pools, the complex also features a mini golf course, a kids’ play area, tennis courts, a picnic area and bike hire. 

Lac des Varennes in Marçon is a lakeside beach perfect for swimming, with an array of water-sports for both children and adults, the latter including jet and waterskiing.  Evening entertainment even includes karaoke!

There’s also archery and clay pigeon shooting near to the Hotel de France.


Children’s theatre


Malices au Pays in February is a wonderful children’s festival spanning many villages in the region. Featuring opera, circus, art, music, puppetry and dance the event has an array of events and performances suitable for children up to 12.

Children in Fairytale Garden at Rivau Loire Valley near Hotel de France
Retro child racing driver in miniature racing car at Hotel de France


Le Mans for children


Little racing drivers aged from seven upwards can test their track skills on the Le Mans Karting International circuit, just around the corner from the real thing. High octane entertainment for all the family!

Carnuta, the Human and forest museum

Carnuta, the Human and forest museum, is a playful and interactive place adapted to children which offers the discovery of the forest world, and more precisely our Bercé forest.

The museum also offers animations such as forest visits or discovery of the local mushrooms.

Musée de Carnuta, Jupilles


La Flèche Zoo


Enjoy a visit at the famous La Flèche zoo, situated just 45 minutes away from the hotel, and spend magical moments among the animals. Attend also to stunning shows such as the eagles flight, sea lions show or the giraffe’s snack!


La Flèche Zoo