Family Friendly: Avignon Area
We launch our new section highlighting the best family-friendly activities within 40 minutes' travel around Avignon. Click here to read an overview of what to do within the city itself and keep an eye out for further additions: more will be coming shortly.
The fabulous, brilliantly coloured ochre landscapes of the Luberon are a little outside our catchment area (they're 60-90 minutes' drive east of Avignon), but well worth the extra effort for a really unusual and memorable day out. We've covered them in full in a separate section: click here to read our guide.
Bear it in mind, too, that several of our suggested family excursions in and around Aix en Provence are within an easy drive of Avignon. If you are prepared to travel a little further, you'll find more ideas in our section on family excursions in and around Marseille.
And consider other nearby attractions as the Château des Baux, the Quarries of Lights and two very interesting and educational museums just outside Gordes, the Musée du Moulin des Bouillons (olive oil) and the Musée du Verre et du Vitrail (glass).
Another fun family trip near Sault in the area around Mont Ventoux is the Arôma' Plantes lavender farm and distillery.
And don't forget one of France's top tourist attractions, the Pont de Gard, which is just 26 km / 16 miles west of Avignon across the regional border in Languedoc-Roussillon and which is exceptionally well set up for families.
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A landscaped miniature railway park between Venasque and Carpentras, the JardiTrain is an attractive family outing which will also appeal to train enthusiasts. As the name suggests, the surrounding jardin (garden) is an additional pleasure.
The official name ("Experimental Llama Breeding Farm") sounds a little cold and clinical. But, hidden away in the wooded foothills of Mont Ventoux, this peaceful place where time seems to have stood still is enchanting to visit.
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