Though not yet ☀️ officially summertime, we’ve been having some really hot days, and 💦 paddling pools have become fixtures in gardens . . . so I thought this the opportune moment to update an article about the 💦 WATERSLIDES, WATER GAMES & WIBIT PARKS, PADDLING POOLS, SWIMMING POOLS & AQUATIC CENTRES 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond!
In the following article, you will find information about:
- 🌈 summer waterslides – over the last few years, some ephemeral summer waterslides have made an appearance, to complement those in-situ at our outdoor pools;
- 🌈 wibit parks – Lac de Passy, Morillon’s Lac Bleu, Les Gets’ Lac des Ecoles, Vitam, TNA cable park, WAM Park Savoie near Albertville;
- 💦 paddling pools & river paddling – for little ones . . . (NB – always be careful as many of our mountain rivers are part of hydroelectric projects, meaning that they are prone to flash-flooding / if there is a sign saying DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. then DO NOT enter the water!);
- 🏊♂️ swimming pools & parcs aquatiques – our local pools and aquatic complexes and spas (and swimming 🐻 at a zoo!), including summer features;
- 🏕 nearby campsites with fabulous pools and waterslides;
[ ⇒ for more information about 💦 LAKES & WATERSPORTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond), see separate article here ]
COLOUR CODE FOR LISTINGS:
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz) & Vallorcine
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
St Gervais, Le Fayet, Saint Nicolas de Véroce, Bionnassay & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs
🇫🇷 Further France
Let’s start with some of 🌊 the water-based EVENTS of this summer (in chronological order) :
[ ⇒ for more details about SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc this summer, see separate MBFF article here ]
🇫🇷🌈 La Folle Furieuse obstacle course (Les Carroz) – weekend 16th & 17th July 2022 / you’ll be sure to get WET ! / ⇒ more information here;
💦 Traversée du Lac (Lac de Passy) – on weekend 2nd & 3rd July 2022;
💦🏃 Mont-Blanc Triathlon International (Lac de Passy) – weekend 20th & 21st August 2022 / ⇒ more information here;
There are a few 🌈 pop-up waterslides not too far from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc that spring up in the summer months, as well as the fabulous waterslides within our swimming pool complexes in the area (and a bit further away) . . .
Pays du Mont-Blanc swimming pools with waterslides
There are 🌈 great waterslides at the public swimming pools in:
- 🌊 Chamonix – outdoor slide feeding into indoor pool;
- 🌊 Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc – small outdoor slide;
- 🌊 Sallanches – a pentagliss (several slides) outdoor at the Centre Aquatique;
- 🌊 Megève – a pentagliss (several slides) outdoor at Le Palais;
- 🌊 and in Cluses;
[ ⇒ see below section 💦 Swimming Pools & Parcs Aquatiques for more details . . . ]
Mont-Blanc Plage (next to Lac de Passy)
The 🏕 campsite Mont-Blanc Plage (right next to 💦 Lac de Passy) has a lovely restaurant terrace, decorated with pots of flowers, that looks out over its own private lake (Lacs de la Cavettaz – with 🐟 45 year old carp, the odd 🦆 duck, and beautiful water-lilies) . . . if you eat lunch or dinner at the restaurant, then you are allowed to swim in their 💦 lake – there is a slide, a diving board and rafts to swim out to. There is a jaded grandeur to this campsite, and the restaurant is lovely and peaceful (we have tried it out a few times!). And there is the added bonus of having a swim, a jump or a slide after eating!
Plan d’Eau et base de loisirs de Flumet
In Flumet, just past Praz-sur-Arly, is the 💦 Plan d’Eau et base de loisirs, a lovely little mountain lake! / every summer, in late July is their « La Fête du Plan d’Eau », sometimes with a temporary waterslide, a ventriglisse « Gliss’On » (60m long waterslide, taking you straight into the water, waterballs, stand-up paddle boards, slack-line, Zumba, boat-making, lâcher de lanternes, spectacles and more . . . / MBFF went in 2018 year and had a blast!
Waterslides within aquatic centres further afield
There are 🌊 fabulous waterslides at these nearby parcs aquatiques:
- 🇫🇷 Vitam (Neydens), Aquariaz (Avoriaz);
- 🇫🇷 Piscine des Marquisats (in Annecy, next to the lake);
- 🇨🇭 Aqualand (Le Bouveret);
- 🇨🇭 Genève-Plage . . .
[ ⇒ see section below 🏊♀️ Swimming Pools & Parcs Aquatiques for more details . . . ]
🌊 NEW for summer 2021! Water Circus (Etrembières) – this NEW 🌊 water jump & body-boarding aquapark, located under the Salève mountain, is NOT for the faint-hearted; you have to wear a casque to go down the slides! It looks WILD!!! Watch some of the videos on the FB page or Instagram page, to get an idea of the jumps!
website address: 467 route du Pont de Zone, 74100, Étrembières;
Over recent years, 🌈 wibit inflatable structures on lakes have been popping up more and more . . . as well as having one right here au Pays du Mont-Blanc at 💦 Lac de Passy, a little further down the valley, you will find a wibit structure in place also at 🌈 TNA Cable Park (Arenthon), one at 🌈 the Lac Bleu in Morillon, one at 🌈 Lac des Ecoles (Les Gets), one at 🌈 Vitam (Neydens) and a new one near Albertville 🌊 WAM Parks Savoie.
Aqua Park du Mont-Blanc (Lac de Passy)
Now an established addition to the 💦 Lac de Passy scene, the wibit inflatable structure is located on the northern side of the lake, next to the criques. The 🌈 Aquapark du Mont-Blanc is open during the summer months from 10h to 20h and costs from 10€ for 45mins / children have to be 8+ years to try it out on their own, and from 6 years, they can go with an accompanying adult (or 15€ for a child & adult combination!) / you must wear a wear life-vest while on the structure, but it is still a good idea to keep a watchful eye on children, as it can be hard work getting back on the inflatables from the water! / good to know: you can book birthday parties here! / also good to know: there are also paddle-boards to rent out for 10€/hour here, and also giant ones!
Mont-Blanc Kids bouncy castles & waterslide (Lac de Passy)
Over the summer months, there is a small inflatable waterslide at Mont-Blanc Kids at 💦 Lac de Passy (behind the Buvette de la Plage & accrobranches) – this is great for yonger kids;
Lac de Baignade (Parc de Loisirs du Pontet in Les Contamines)
There is now an 🌈 inflatable slide leading into the small swimming lake in the 🎾 Parc de Loisirs du Pontet in Les Contamines-Montjoie! / and, there are new water games and paddle boards (as well as karting, mini-golf, trampolines & bouncy castles, from 🌈 Nash Mountain Games – you buy jetons at the little welcome hut);
Lac de l’Etape (Les Contamines-Montjoie)
As of last summer, there are 💦 new WATER GAMES at this bucolic mountain lake (as well as a new playground!), as well as the great little boats that kids can rent out. See below – in the paddling section – for more information!
TNA Cable Park (Arenthon)
You may have seen 💦 TNA Cable Park on a drive to Geneva or Annemasse, etc from 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . at this small lake, you can try out 🌊 wakeboarding, water-skiing, or their 🌈 wibit watergames! / 🌈 eating options: buvette, BBQs;
website address: 110 chemin du Brachouet, 74800, Arenthon;
Pentagliss géant (Flaine)
☀ ” Summer in Flaine is FREE! ” – if you have booked accommodation in Flaine, then you’ll get FREE access to activities and entertainment with the Flaine Summer Pass (my friends’ children had a blast with this initiative last summer!). And, even if you are not holidaying in Flaine, you can still buy a day pass to enjoy the activities on offer like: 💦 pentagliss géant (NEW in 2021 – 140m long!) and 💦 water games (follow the course of the water through various wooden constructions!);
⇒ more information here
Base de loisirs du Lac aux Dames (Samoëns)
La base de loisirs de Samoëns = 10 hectares of green grass and lakes with a whole host of activities for families, including a unique water sport: ⛳️ water golf!
⇒ for more information, see Samoëns Tourisme here
Le Splash at Lac Bleu (Morillon)
NEW for summer 2021 is the wibit inflatable struture (it’s become de rigueur!) on 💦 Morillon’s Lac Bleu!
⇒ more information here;
Lac des Ecoles (Les Gets)
There is an entrance fee to access Les Gets’ 💦 Lac des Ecoles / activities: wibit softplay (pay at caisse to validate créneau horaire; for children 6+ years) – extension of games 2019 and special kids course, buvette / 🗓 opening hours: from mid-June until early September, 11h to 20h;
Vitam has introduced wibit structures to its indoor pool . . . it is placed in the indoor pool at certain times (Sunday afternoons and school holidays);
⇒ see website for more details;
address: 500 route des Envignes, 74160, Neydens / tel: +33 (0)4 50 84 66 66;
Aqualac (Lac de Bourget)
Aqualac is open all year-round, and in summertime offers: swimming pool and slide (indoor and outdoor), activités aquatiques and wibit, minigolf, paddling pool, sandy beach and lake swimming, lots of green grass, picnic tables, parking on-site, restaurant / open 10h until 19h;
FB page address: avenue Daniel Rops, Aix-les-Bains / tel: 04 79 61 48 80;
WAM Park Savoie (Montailleur, near Albertville)
There are now a handful of 🌊 WAM Parks in France (the others are in: Toulouse and Lyon), and this 💦 water fun specialist describes itself as: « mieux qu’un WAKEPARK . . . un WAMPARK! ». A 🌊 wake park has a téléski nautique installation, allowing you to practise water-skiing or wakeboarding on a lake (the traction, instead of being from a boat, is through a system of cables and an electric motor – think téléski de neige!) / At 🌊 WAMPark Montailleur, there are 🌊 two téléskis nautiques (one big, one small), 🌈 watergames, 🌈 a waterjump with 13 slides, and 🧗♂️ a climbing wall on the water (psicobloc) / onsite, you will also find a buvette, paddle boards to rent and 🏝 a “floating island“, diving gear, hiking around the lake, and a large trampoline and slackline / open from mid April until November!
FB page & website address: Base de Loisirs Montailleur, 73460, Montailleur;
Yatouland Aquatique Parc (Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland)
🌈 Yatouland Aquatique Parc, near Nyon and Coppet, Switzerland (NEW location again for 2022 season!), will be back for its SIXTH summer season this year in Chavannes-de-Bogis from 24th June ⇒ 21st August 2022! / 💦 a water park aimed at children 3 to 12 years, with 2000m² of games: bouncy castles and waterslides, aquaballs, pedalos, family games, a shady terrace with a food truck . . . giant waterslides and Yatou’Mousse Party! / for parents: ping pong, badminton, Molkky / a special area for under 3s / good to know: MBFF went in 2018, when it was located near IKEA, and had a great time – we spent HOURS! / 🗓 opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11h to 18h / price: 18CHF per child (two accompanying adults permitted);
website address: Chem. Industriel 1, 1279 Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland;
Our 🌈 two amusement parks (one a parc de loisirs) here au Pays du Mont-Blanc, both have 💦 some water games and water features for the summer months:
Domaine des Planards (Chamonix)
There are some 💦 water games and a fairground ride taking you into a water splash (Nautic Jet) at our local amusement park!
Parc de Loisirs du Pontet (Les Contamines-Montjoie)
As mentioned above, the 🎾 Parc de Loisirs du Pontet has some new water games and paddle boards on offer, from 🌈 Nash Mountain Games – you buy jetons at the little welcome hut);
. . . and a little further afield:
Parc Walibi (between Chambéry and Lyon)
A huge amusement park, with some water rides for the summer! / opening hours: open 10h to 17h or 18h / price: from 25 to 31€;
website address: Walibi Rhône-Alpes, 1380 route de la Corneille, 38630, Les Avenières;
Labyrinthe Aventure (Evionnaz, Switzerland)
An amusuement park, with water fights (Splash Party) this summer! / opening hours: 10h until 18h / price: 17 CHF ;
website address: route des Iles Vieilles 30, 1902, Evionnaz, Switzerland;
Happyland (Granges, near Sion)
More than 20 attractions at this amusement park, and the new Nautic Jet water attraction (mind the crocodile!) / price: CHF 23;
website address: rue du Foulon 24, 3977, Granges, Sierre, Valais ;
PADDLING POOLS FOR LITTLE ONES
There are 💦 paddling pools within most of our 💦 public swimming pools au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond):
- 💦 Chamonix – outdoor;
- 💦 Sallanches – outdoor;
- 💦 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – indoor;
- 💦 Megève – indoor & outdoor;
- 💦 🇫🇷 Cluses;
- 💦 🇫🇷 Vitam – indoor & outdoor;
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In addition, there are some fabulous 💦 natural paddling pools for little ones (rivers, streams, lakes . . . ).
[ DISCLAIMER: always be careful, as many of 💦 our mountain rivers are part of hydroelectric projects, meaning that they are prone to flash-flooding / if there is a sign saying DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. then DO NOT enter the water! Never take your eyes off little ones close to water, as they can quickly step out of their depth! ]
[ ⇒ for NEW article 💦 5 TOP SPOTS for PADDLING au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see here ]
- 💦 Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz);
- 💦 La Mare au Têtards (Argentière woods);
- 💦 Sallanche river (Sallanches);
- 💦 Arly-Plage & Berges d’Arly (Praz-sur-Arly);
- 💦 Lac de l’Etape (Les Contamines-Montjoie);
Le Foron river in Le Reposoir
In a bucolic mountain village above Cluses (on the way up to Le Grand-Bornand), you will find a lovely wooden swing hanging from a bridge, right next to ⛪ a pretty chapel . . . here the children can play in the shallow waters of the 💦 Foron river, build dams . . . and there are plenty of other activities in Le Reposoir:
[ ⇒ see separate MBFF article here for more information about Le Reposoir ]
And in nearby 🇨🇭 Geneva & environs, there are numerous FREE water 💦 paddling pools (eleven in total), many to be found within lovely parks, for under 10s / information Ville de Genève:
- 💦 Parc de la Grange – the little paddling pool in Eaux-Vives is located between two playgrounds in the park / open May to September / ⇒ more information here;
- 💦 Pataugeoire du Bois-de-la-Bâtie – NEWLY renovated (check opening details)! / located not far from the Arve river, the Bois-de-la-Batie encompasses: an animal park, green grass, football pitches, a little river and paddling pool, playground, woodland and paths / ⇒ more information about animal park here;
- 💦 Parc Aqualudique de l’Auberge (Meyrin) – paddling pool with tipping buckets and water jets / playground / ⇒ more information here;
La Grande-Jetée (Nyon, Switzerland)
Inaugurated a couple of summers ago, and located at the end of the Promenade Niedermeyer, here you will find a lovely playground by the water’s edge, with fabulous 💦 views of Lac Léman and the mountains / lots of shade, sand for children to play, fountains, buvette, beach volleyball / there is a whole programme of summer activities / ⇒ more information here;
and 💦 PARCS AQUATIQUES, WAVE POOLS & SPAS . . .
If you are holidaying 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, you may be lucky enough to have a swimming pool available at your hotel or chalet. There are also some hotels that allow you to use their pool if you have lunch in their restaurant (for example, the Folies Douces in Chamonix or L’Hotel Aiguille du Midi in Les Bossons). And there are plentiful options for 💦 public swimming pools in the area and a bit further afield! If you are more interested in some parent or adult pampering at a spa, then please head to separate article 💦 Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages.
[ good to know: please note that boys and men must wear a slip at the pools au Pays du Mont-Blanc; if you arrive in shorts, you will be asked to buy a slip! ]
AU PAYS du MONT-BLANC
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc public swimming pool
The public swimming pool in Chamonix is located within the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon / indoor pools: there is a 25m indoor pool with lanes and a children’s pool with rapids, water jets and a fabulous slide / outdoor pools: 50m Olympic pool, a children’s pool, slides and a children’s paddling pool / babies and small children – as well as the indoor children’s pool and the outdoor paddling pool and slides, the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon offers special swimming classes for babies and toddlers: Saturday morning at 10h, the 💦 Jardin d’Eau offers plenty of fun for babies and toddlers (from 6 months to 3 years) with one or two adults accompanying; at 11h is the 🐟 Petits Poissons option for children from 3 to 5 years; lots of toys are put out and the pool is slightly warmed for these classes; see here for more details / also a wellness centre with jacuzzi, hammam, sauna / 🗓 opening hours
address: 214 avenue de la Plage, 74400, Chamonix / tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 23 70; parking: there is some free parking at the sports centre, depending on availability; otherwise, there are paying car parks nearby;
QC Therme Chamonix
Now open, 💦 QC Terme Chamonix Mont-Blanc (run by the same company that owns 🇮🇹 QC Terme Pré Saint-Didier in Italy) quotes the ancient Romans on its website: ” Salus per Aquam: the spa echoes the philosophy of ancient Imperial Rome, which placed water at the centre of satisfying body and spirit. As in the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Diocletian and Trajan, we also heat the aqueduct water to 34 – 36 °C, making the experience most enjoyable” / combining the benefits of a spa with mountain scenery and nature / features: pools, whirlpools, hydrojets, Vichy forest showers, salt room & halotherapy, saunas, steam baths, chromotherapy, a Japanese bath, a Kneipp path, relaxation rooms, an olfactory space / massages & treatments / good to know: only open to + 14 years and under 18s to be accompanied by an adult / wellness food / prices;
website address: promenade du Fori 480, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;
Les Granges d’en Haut (Les Houches)
There is only a very small swimming pool, but this spa is worth a mention is one of my favourites 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc: small, stunning views and friendly and professional staff! / it is run by 💦 Deep Nature and there is: an outdoor Finnish sauna and Nordic bath on the terrace, and indoors there is a small swimming pool, lounging chairs, hammams and sauna / good to know – there are also 🧘♀️ yoga and pilates classes held here / booking a massage or treatment allows you entry to the spa and pool; or you can simply purchase entrance to the spa and pool for 29€ / 💦 Deep Nature also offers a series of children’s soins;
website address: 1000 route des Chavants, 74310, Les Houches / tel: +33 (0)4 85 30 00 17;
Résidence & Spa (Vallorcine)
The 💦 Spa du Mont-Blanc by Cinq Mondes is open to non-hotel visitors by reservation / there are also children’s soins available (children must be accompanied by an adult) / see for more details;
website address: Résidence & SPA Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, Chef Lieu, 74660, Vallorcine / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 75 20;
Sallanches public swimming pool
The Braconne site (not far from 💦 Lac de Passy, and visible from the motorway) was the chosen location for 💦 the NEW aquatic centre in Sallanches, and this is due to open any day now! / ⇒ see sallanches.fr for more information;
🍎 eating options – a buvette on-site, and La Braconne (professional service, great food, lovely terrace) and the Ecureuil campsite restaurant nearby;
address: route des Follieux - route de l'Arve, 74700, Sallanches;
Bô fitness & wellbeing centre (Domancy)
If you are looking to do some 💦 aquabike or aquafitness within a small pool, then Bô in Domancy offers different classes / pay by session or forfaits / planning;
Marlioz public swimming pool (Passy)
The 💦 swimming pool in Marlioz is a “piscine tournesol“ (from a 1970s nationwide project to improve the standard of swimming in France, after the poor results of the French swimmers in the Montreal Olympic Games of 1968 😉!), a bubble shape opening up during the the warmer months to the spacious grassy area outside / there is a shallow end to the pool, but no paddling pool available, making it more ideal for older children learning to swim or already competent swimmers / opening hours;
parking: free parking next to swimming pool;
[ good to know – the Marlioz swimming pool is very near Super U, if you need to pick up picnic supplies! ]
address: 489 avenue de Saint-Martin, Marlioz, Passy / tel: 04 50 78 23 06;
Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc public swimming pool
The 💦 public swimming pool in Saint-Gervais was renovated and re-opened a few years ago now, and as of springtime 2018, it is now decorated with frescoes by street painting operative 2KM3 (see MBFF article for more details about their other work) / 💦 the indoor swimming pools comprise: main pool, children’s shallow pool and paddling pool with toys / outdoor pool and slide / there is also a hammam and sauna / 💦 baby swimming: Bébé Plouf (for babies from 6 months to children 3 years, with an accompanying adult) on certain Saturdays, 9h45 to 10h30 and 10h30 to 11h15, water 32 degrees / also wellness centre with jacuzzi, hammam, spa / opening hours (from 11h30 or 14h, late opening on Tuesdays);
eating options: bar/café for refreshments and grass for picnics; nearby Clubhouse
[ good to know: right next door, you will find the new pumptrack, skatepark, tennis courts, ⛳️ mini-golf . . . ]
address: 798 avenue de Miage, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 93 42 87;
Centre Sportif du Fayet (Parc Thermal, Le Fayet)
Originally built in the 1960s, to accommodate the growing number of students at the nearby lycée, this sporting complex in the lovely Parc Thermal has now re-opened after a huge renovation project!
good to know: a visit here combines well with a visit to the Parc Thermal, with all that it has to offer – see MBFF article here;
Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (Le Parc Thermal, Le Fayet)
These 💦 thermal baths (famous for the curing properties of its thermal waters), are still being renovated and re-branded (they were taken over by Loréal) and offer: cures and medical services, a parcours through the spa facilities, massages, and they sell their own products / for 13+ years / family option: « Accueil Famille » (from 3 to 13 years) AND « Maman Bébé Papa » – with a coach, exercises . . . (see here);
website address: 355 allée du docteur Lépinay, Le Fayet, 74170, Saint-Gervais les Bains;
Le Palais Megève – indoor and outdoor swimming complex
💦 Megève’s swimming pools (within Le Palais) re-opened their doors in 2017, after a renovation project / with both indoor and outdoor pools, the re-styled 💦 Espace Aquatique has something for the whole family!
- 💦 indoor pools – there is one pool for swimming (25m x 12.5m), another for children and a baby paddling pool (with slides, water features and warm water, LOVELY!);
- 💦 outdoor pools (June until September) – there is an Olympic pool (50 x 21m), and two children’s paddling pools, one with animal & water features;
- ⛱ for rent are parasols and lounge chairs;
- 💦 pentagliss – 3 adjacent outdoor slides; for 6+ years;
- 🐟 Bébés Nageurs Aquakids classes – on some Sundays from 10h to 11h15 (check schedule); water heated to 32 degrees; 11,50€ per session;
- Espace Balnéoforme – wellness centre with jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, warm indoor and outdoor pool and short rapids;
- 🍏 eating options: you can picnic on the grass or eat at 🍔 the on-site restaurant / over the summer holidays, there are lots of family activities organised poolside: open air cinema, workshops for children, a pool party . . .
- 🗓 opening hours pools: (which change over the year), see megeve.com or pdf booklet / FB page;
- ☀️ summer activities poolside: workshops, cinema, pool parties . . .
[ good to know – as the swimming pools are located within Le Palais, you can combine a visit with 📚 the médiathèque, 🧗♀️ the climbing wall, 🖼 a temporary exhibition or ⛸ the ice-skating rink! ]
and FURTHER AFIELD: 🇫🇷 FRANCE . . .
Cluses public swimming pool
My boys have been down to 💦 Cluses pool, and enjoyed the slide immensely! / there is a grand bassin (6 lanes), a pool with ramp access, a paddling pool for children aged 6 months to 5 years (with slides, animals, clowns), a giant slide leading to a separate pool for safety, a solarium and beach volleyball / picnics are permitted outside;
good to know: over the holidays, pool games and structures are put out for children;
Aquacîme (Les Carroz)
You’ll find 💦 indoor & outdoor pools, 💦 pentagliss slides and also spa, sauna & hammam at 💦 Aquacîme in Les Carroz.
Vitam parc aquatique in Neydens (near Saint-Julién-en-Génévois)
The 💦 indoor and outdoor pools at this huge parc aquatique are a top attraction in Haute-Savoie: swimming areas, wibit softplay, paddling pools, slides, spa area . . . / 💦 Vitam is ideally situated within a shopping centre and also has an indoor play centre, Vitam Ludic and climbing wall / 🐟 Aquabébés (for children 6 months to 5 years) / plenty of special family activities over the summer holidays;
Aquariaz parc aquatique in Avoriaz
Aquariaz is a 🌴💦 tropical indoor water park, 2400 m², with water at 30°! / features: l’arbre à l’eau for little ones; slidewinder (a 10m high half-pipe that you descend on a rubber ring!); espace détente, within the main pool (river current, bubbles, benches in the water, jacuzzi) / 🗓 opening hours: 8th July to 31st August from 10h30 to 19h30 / price: 3€ to 9€ (3+/adults);
website address: 142 route des Rennes, 74110 Avoriaz / tel: 04 50 74 24 42 /
Centre Nautique in Evian
I have fond memories of 💦 Evian outdoor pool, as this was where my (once) 2 year old developed a love for water (until that day, he had remained pretty indifferent to water!). The pool’s location is lovely, right by the lakeside, and there is plenty of grass to stretch out. Not that I would ever have been able to convince my little one to have a nap, but there was even a nap room à l’interieur! / features: Olympic swimming pool, children’s pool, jardin d’enfants, beach with access to lake swimming, slides, nap room, buvette;
[ good to know – some other great activities in Evian en famille – ride the funiculaire, to get lovely views of the lake; visit the 🖼 art exhibition at the Palais Lumière, take a ride on a 🚤 boat, visit the special gardens the 🌷 Pré Curieux (access by boat) ]
You’ll also find 💦 swimming pools in:
- 💦 Espace Aquatique des Aravis (La Clusaz) – see here;
- 💦 Le Grand-Bornand – see here;
- 💦 Samoëns – see here;
- 💦 Piscine des Marquisats (Annecy) – see here;
- 💦 Cité de l’Eau (Publier-Amphion) – see here;
- 💦 Parc de Dérêches (Morzine) – see here & FB page;
- 💦 Forme d’O (Châtel) – see here;
and even FURTHER AFIELD: 🇫🇷 FRANCE . . .
La Vague in Grenoble
A bit further afield, in Grenoble, you can catch some 🌊 indoor waves at La Vague Grenoble! / inspired by artificial wave centres encountered on travels in the USA, this centre in Grenoble opened in 2019! / you can try out bodyboard or flowboard / restaurant, and lounge bar on-site: Le Container / from 7+ years;
City Surf Park in Lyon
A 🌊 NEW indoor surf centre in Lyon, with water at 27°C (no sharks guaranteed!);
and FURTHER AFIELD: 🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND . . .
Zoo des Marécottes (swimming at a ZOO!)
Believe it or not, near the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, you can 💦 swim in a pool carved into the rocks, within a zoo, with a view of the black bears: at the 🐻 Zoo des Marécottes! / open from early June, when the swimming pool is re-filled / 70m long and solar heated 24 to 27 degrees / facilities: restaurant, playground, feeding animals / getting there: you can get there by 🚞 train from Chamonix, the Mont-Blanc Express;
Alaïa Bay surfing spot (Sion, Switzerland)
BRAND NEW for 2021! ” In the heart of the Alps, Alaïa Bay is the very first wave pool in mainland Europe. From beginners to experienced surfers, we have waves for everybody. “;
Aquaparc (Le Bouveret, Switzerland)
[ re-opening 1st July 2021 ]
We have yet to visit this aquaparc in Switzerland (on the shores of Lac Léman), but we have heard great reports from friends! / with its pirate boat, wave machine, lazy river and more, this looks to be a fabulous family water park! . . . / opening hours;
website address: route de la Plage, 122, 1897, Le Bouveret, Switzerland / tel: +41 24 482 00 00;
Genève-Plage (Cologny, Switzerland)
💦 Genève-Plage is a swimming complex situated right next to 💦 Lac Léman / history: public bathing for the people of Geneva dates back centuries – since the Middle Ages, there have been places to bathe on Lac Léman, the Arve, the Rhône; Genève-Plage has existed since 1932 / 💦 swimming pool equipment: an Olympic pool, one pool for non-swimmers, one paddling pool, a waterslide (9m high) / 💦 lake equipment: swimming zone, rafts, diving boards, showers, wibit on lake;
Les Bains de Saillon, Valais (Switzerland)
[ 2022 news – currently shut for renovation after a huge fire ! ]
Set among terraced vineyards, with a view of the 🏰 little castle atop the medieval bourg, this spa / aquatic centre has both indoor and outdoor attractions . . . three thermal pools (32 to 34°C), a semi-Olympic pool (28°C), a thermal river (120m long) and more . . . / the waterslides and paddling pool are open during the summer months / there are six restaurants and hotel facilities on-site! / price: adults CHF24 to 28, children (4 to 16 years) CHF13 and FREE for under 4s!
[ NB – keep a watchful eye on children in the 💦 river rapids; it can get very busy! ]
website & FB page address: route du Centre Thermal 16, 1913, Saillon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 602 11 11;
Les Bains de Lavey (Switzerland)
💦 Les Bains de Lavey have a lovely location and are reserved for children 4+ years and adults;
Leukerbad / Loèche-les-Bains (Switzerland)
💦 Leukerbad spa and swimming complex has a beautiful setting, amidst the snowy mountain peaks . . . a visit here is a real escape, a mix of well-being a fun! / there are 10 pools (between 28°C and 43°C!), and a new bassin aventure, two dedicated pools for children and waterslides (one with inflatable rings) / price: adults CHF 25 to 30, children (8 to 16 years) CHF 14 and free for under 8s and open to all children from birth! / massages for children & parents available / website;
Brigerbad thermal baths (Switzerland)
These 💦 thermal baths are a little bit further away, but perfect for a weekend and in a stunning setting / within the 2600m2 summer surface area, there are TWELVE pools (indoor and outdoor, and different temperatures) / the whole centre is equipped to make wheelchair access easy / grass and terraces / 💦 for children: shaded paddling pool, slides (the longest in the Alps, with 182m of fun!), bouncy castle in pool; see here for more details / spa & wellness, hotel, restaurant, campsite next door;
Les Bains d’Ovronnaz (Valais, Switzerland)
Nestled in a cirque of mountains, there are 💦 two outdoor pools here, and indoors there is a children’s paddling pool / massages for children & parents available / restaurant on-site (Panoramic Alpine Spa under renovation, due to fire);
and FURTHER AFIELD: 🇮🇹 ITALY . . .
Piscine de Plan Chécrouit: “ La piscine alpine rechauffée plus haute d’Europe ”
Views of 🏔 Mont-Blanc as you swim in 💦 the highest (at 1700m!) heated swimming pool (heated to 27-30°C) in Europe! In summertime, you can reach Plan Chécrouit by the 🚠 Téléphérique Dolonne (or you can hike up from the valley floor in about an hour), and then you’ll be able to bathe surrounded by mountain peaks and green, green grass! The pool is 20m long and has a depth of up to 1,5m . . . and you’ll also find a sauna, snack bar and playground nearby!
⇒ more information here
Pré St Didier QC Thermes (Aosta Valley, Italy)
The 💦 spa of Pré St Didier QC Termes, through the Mont-Blanc tunnel, is reserved for 14+ years (for ultimate parent/adult relaxation!);
If any readers have suggestions for campsites with fabulous pools, not too far from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc (up to 2 hours away), then I would love to have your input! Here are some suggestions for campsites we have been to (and loved), or ones recommended to me by friends . . .
Camping Europa (Saint-Jorioz, Lac d’Annecy)
This campsite I hit upon quite by chance a few years ago . . . I was desperately trying to wean my 16 month old and I needed extreme action! So, I decided to use the occasion in a positive way, and headed off for the weekend with my then four year old, for some quality one-on-one time with him, leaving his little brother to have fun with his daddy (and forget about the milk machine!). We headed to 🏕 Camping Europa in Saint-Jorioz, and though a little more expensive than some of the other ones around Lac d’Annecy, I was won over by the 💦 swimming complex: a paddling pool, pentagliss slides, a lagoon, waterfall, a river feature (and a separate pool for people wanting to just swim lengths!) . . . When we arrived at the campsite, I can honestly say that my little boy had never looked so excited! And at the end of the weekend, I even managed to get the “pop-up tent” packed up and back in its bag without too much fuss!
[ ⇒ to read about some of the other activities on offer around this campsite, read MBFF article 🌾 Family Strolls with buggies: sentier thématiques des roselières by Randos en Famille / 🏕 on-site at this campsite: bouncy castle, playground, restaurant, access to piste cyclable & bike rental ]
Camping La Ravoire (Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)
🏕 Camping La Ravoire is located in Doussard, au bout du Lac d’Annecy, another campsite with the Alps as a backdrop / the swimming complex is 200 m², with both indoor and outdoor pools (for those rainy days!) and a paddling pool with slides for little ones / 🏕 also on-site: snack bar (evenings), playground, terrain de sport and bouncy castle;
Camping Les Fontaines (Lathuile near Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)
🏕 Camping Les Fontaines‘ swimming complex consists of: two pools, one 400 m², the other specifically for little ones, with a paddling pool and pentagliss;
[ NEW 2020 – Space Hole water slide (it is tried and tested and INSANE!) / NEW 2021 – inflatable water games! ]
Camping du Lac Bleu (Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)
The swimming complex at 🏕 Camping du Lac Bleu consists of: a river, paddling pool and geysers, jacuzzis / the campsite is also right next to the lake, with all the watersports on offer there and has a great playground, a green lawn for ball games, multi-sport terrain, bouncy castle and restaurant on-site and shop nearby! / the MBFF boys had a super weekend with their cousin and friends here! / website;
YELLOH Camping des 4 Montagnes (Antrans, Le Vercors)
We went to this lovely little campsite in ⛰ Le Vercors a couple of years ago, with some friends who were testing out their new campervan! We dedided to rent one of the on-site semi-tents (Sweet Cocoon), as we were arriving late and there were storms threatening . . . another friend came with his fancy trailer, another with a pop-up tent (we were certainly seen as a motley crew!). We loved the campsite – family run, the perfect size (for me), right next to a summer luge, a little restaurant on-site / other activities: bouncy castle, multi-sport terrain, BBQ facilities and an outdoor pool with slides and indoor pool and paddling pool.