Viking show at Puy du Foy (Puy du Foy)
Blog Words : Family Travel | 18 May

5 quirky European theme parks that your kids will love

Forget Disneyland Paris. The kids will love these bizarre European alternatives...

The arena at Poy du Foy (Poy du Foy)
The arena at Poy du Foy (Poy du Foy)

1. Puy du Fou, France

Starting in 1978 as an open-air amateur dramatics night, this rural theme park has become France's second-most visited park after Disneyland Paris. Bizarrely, there are no rides. Instead visitors are treated to spectacular recreations of historical events, on a Cecil B Demille scale.

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Giant farting dog (Bon Bon Land)
Giant farting dog (Bon Bon Land)

2. Bonbon Land, Denmark

A theme park based on Danish confectionery, yet featuring a roller coaster that takes riders on an exciting journey around giant mounds of dog poo. Just what do they put in their chocolate?

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Fun at Plopsaland (Plopsaland)
Fun at Plopsaland (Plopsaland)

3. Plopsaland, Belgium

While we're on the topic, this theme park is based on Belgian cartoon characters called The Plops. Eat at the Plop restaurants. Buy a trinket or two from the Plop Shop. Go on, you know you want to.

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Diggers at Diggerland (Diggerland)

4. Diggerland, UK

Unleash your inner Bob the Builder, in four convenient locations around the UK.

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Asterix characters at Parc Asterix (Parc Asterix)
Asterix characters at Parc Asterix (Parc Asterix)

5. Parc Astérix, France

Based on the stories of Astérix, the beloved French comic character, this theme park is famous for its rollercoasters. All of the rides are themed on historic cultures like the Romans, Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. They are all given an Astérix twist so don't expect them to be historically accurate.

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