Here are a few suggestions of interesting activities with animals or attractions for all ages to keep you busy on a cloudy day.
Touching the fish
L'Aquarium de Vannes reveals the magic of tropical seas and the amazing biodiversity of temperate seas. It also boasts a collection of rare specimens, including the crocodile from the Nile found in a sewer in Paris in 1984. During the holidays, children can touch the starfish and lobsters at the « tactile basins ».
(booking required, 8 .90 € per child and 13 € for over 12s)
Address : 21 Rue Daniel Gilard, 56000 Vannes. + 33 (0)2 97 40 67 40.
An amazing 500m² tropical greenhouse in Vannes, home to plants, flowers and butterflies. Every week 500 new chrysalis arrive at the greenhouse and visitors can witness their cycle of life with their own eyes. 7.60 € for 4-11 year olds ; 10.90 € for over 12s.
Address:18 Rue Daniel Gilard, 56000 Vannes. + 33 (0)2 97 40 67 40.
This rural museum, the only one of its kind, is home to bees and ants who cohabit. Visitors can get close to the beehives, observe the stick insects and crawl through the tunnels under the giant ants nets. 6.50 € for 4-11 year olds. 8.65 € for over 12s.
Address: Kercadoret, 56320 Le Faouët. + 33 (0)2 97 23 08 05.
Observe the bats
The "maison de la chauve-souris" is the only ecomuseum in France devoted to these creatures of the night. The interactive exhibitions reveal the unknown secrets of these fascinating creatures and children can join in a guided tour right up to the loft of the house where they can observe the bats. From 4 years old. Entrance fee : 4 €, 5.50 € guided tour.
Address: Place de l'église, 56540 Kernascléden. + 33 (0)2 97 28 26 31
Aquatic park :
The Aquatic Club in Vannes offers aquagym classes, swimming lessons and courses for all ages as well as baby swimming lessons. 13 € per session, booking required.
Address: Parc du Golfe, 17 Rue Daniel Gilard, 56000 Vannes. + 33 (0)2 97 40 51 51.
Adventure at the castle:
For the first time, visitors of the Château de Suscinio are invited to explore the interior and exterior of this 13th century castle with their family. With the help of binoculars and all sorts of clues, parents and children must work together to reach the end of their adventure. From 5 years old. 19 € for the whole family.
Address: Château de Suscinio, Route du Duc Jean V, 56370 Sarzeau. + 33 (0)2 97 41 91 91.
Oceanic aventure :
The Cité de la voile Eric Tabarly (Eric Tabarly Sailing World) boasts a new activity « escale enfants » where children aged between 3 and 6 can discover the marine world through sensory play : with a 3D puzzle to build a boat or lighthouse, a game to recognise noises from the marine world, a balance test comprising a course on a trampoline and stumps. 3 € (3-6 yr olds) ; 9 € (7-17 yr olds) and 12 € adults.
Address : Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, Keroman submarine base, 56200 Lorient. + 33 (0)2 97 65 56 56.