If the kids need a break from sightseeing, this nearby family attraction is just the ticket.

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Parc de la Coccinelle

A fun animal park for the little ones.

Traveling with kids from three to 12 years old? As appealing as Bordeaux is culturally, historically, and gastronomically, at some point you might lose them a bit. That might be a good time for a jaunt to the nearby Bay of Arcachon's town of Gujan-Mestras, home to a theme park and mini-farm called Parc de la Coccinelle. It's wonderfully designed to entertain younger children with activities, rides, and games themed around farm life, all for one entry fee of 10-12 euros. One of the star attractions for kids is bottle-feeding fluffy lambs and other baby animals, as well as wandering among peacocks and scampering around to their hearts' content on various and sundry trampolines, slides, bounce houses, train and water rides, and roller coasters. Bring a change of clothing and a picnic!

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