CHAMONIX parks, woods & gardens

🏔 Chamonix, while boasting many terrific hiking routes and skiing opportunities, can also lay claim to some 🌲 beautiful parks, gardens and woodland.

This could be of particular interest if you have small children or babies in buggies!

Parc Couttet (centre of Chamonix)

A relative newcomer to Chamonix, inaugurated in the summer of 2015, the 🌳 Parc Couttet is a little gem of a park, right in the centre of Chamonix!

It leads down from 🎼 La Maison des Artistes, and sometimes there are open-air concerts here. It’s a good place to organise 🍏 picnics and children’s games! During the 🎼 CosmoJazz festival during the summer months, there is a stage set up here.

Parc du Couttet
Parc Couttet ©

Japanese Gardens:  Les Jardins de Fujiyoshida (centre of Chamonix)

Hidden up above the 💎 Espace Tairraz, this is 🌷 a pretty landscaped park.

You’ll come across a sweet statue, created by 🇯🇵 Japanese sculptor Mr Shôzô Hamada in 1998, to celebrate 10 years of jumelage between 🇯🇵 Fujiyoshida and 🇫🇷 Chamonix; the title of the statue is « warashiko », meaning « child ».

Bois du Bouchet (on road to Argentière)

The 🌲 Bois du Bouchet hosts the parapente landing field, cross-country ski routes and a 🛷 sledging area in ❄️ winter.

Come spring, summer and autumn, it becomes a great place to walk, run or cycle with small children, with designated paths, 🚵‍♀️ cycle routes, 🍏 picnic tables and plenty of shade. There is an easy hiking & strolling route through the woods, up to Les Praz and back via the river path, accessible in both winter and summer; this is an ideal baby-carrier, sledge or buggy walk (with decent wheels), depending on the weather.

There is ♿️ handicapped access on landscaped paths, with explanatory panels along the way detailing mountain terrain, flora and fauna.

[ for more information about the 🌲 Bois du Bouchet, see separate MBFF article here ]

A luge walk through les Bois du Bouchet
A luge walk through the Bois du Bouchet ©

Les Gaillands (on road to Les Bossons)

As well as being the 🧗‍♂️ main outdoor climbing area in Chamonix, there is a (mostly) shaded path leading from the climbing rocks down towards Les Bossons, through 🌲 the woods and along the 💦 Arve river. At Les Bossons, the path leads off towards a small playground, or heads more steeply up towards Les Houches. This path is possible with a good buggy or bike.

Climbing lesson at Les Gaillands
Climbing lesson at Les Gaillands ©

Paradis des Praz (Les Praz de Chamonix)

What a little treasure this natural playground is in summer time!

🌲 Nestled in the woods near to the ⛳️ golf course in Les Praz, right next to 💦 a gurgling stream, Le Paradis des Praz is a wonderful place for children to splash around in the shallow water. You can walk with buggies through the woods to get there, or even cycle. There is a small playground next to the stream, 🐴 pony rides in summer and a ☕️ small café for snacks. It can get very busy in summer, but there is plenty of shade.

[ for more information on Le Paradis des Praz, see MBFF article here ]

Le Paradis des Praz © montblancfamilyfun

PARKS, WOODS & GARDENS in the Chamonix Valley, au Pays du Mont-Blanc & further afield

For some further ideas for 🌷 parks, 🌳 woods and 🌹 gardens in the Chamonix Valley, au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) see MBFF articles:

🍁 FOREST & WOODLAND STROLLS au Pays du Mont-Blanc & in the Chamonix Valley;

🌷 SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS & FLOWERS Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond);

🍁 AUTUMN PARKS & GARDENS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond);

🍁 10 IDEAS for AUTUMN FAMILY STROLLS au Pays du Mont-Blanc;

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