Thrill ride at the OKCorral, near MarseilleA cowboys-and-Indians themed family amusement park, OK Corral sits in a large pine forest between Marseille, Aix en Provence and Toulon. logoClick here to book a hotel in Marseille

Opened in 1966, OK Corral is the oldest, and one of the most popular, theme parks in Provence, receiving some 450,000 visitors a year. Family owned and run, it's the largest in the South of France.

The rides are constantly updated, of course. Currently they include a log flume, Grand Canyon roller coaster, big wheel, Indian canoes and (somewhat off-topic) pirate boats.

Alligator Island, a ride on Jet Skis, won a European Star Award for best family attraction and is now one of the most popular rides. A recent, rather unusual addition is the Pioneer, a roller coaster designed like a horse-drawn wagon!

This and other white knuckle rides such as the Rodeo will plunge you at high speed and the park is probably most suitable for kids aged between six and 13.

But there are also gentler ones for very young children and the usual array of dodgems, slides, big wheels, and so on, as well as four or five different live Wild West shows throughout the day. Bring swimming costumes in order to enjoy the rides which get you wet.

The OK Corral amusement park at Cuges les PinsAs befits its theme, OK Corral celebrates Independence Day in style. On the weekend closest to 4 July, the park stays open late with country and western dancing, wood sculpting and a special all-American supper.

It also has a series of spooky special attractions in the weeks leading up to Halloween. After that, OK Corral closes until the following spring (apart from a week or so around Christmas and New Year).

OK Corral is set in a 40 hectare / 99 acre pine forest; the amusement park itself occupies less than half that area, so there is plenty of green space for kids to run around.

The grounds include five snack bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you can go out for lunch or a picnic (be sure to get a stamp on your hand) and return a few hours later.

OK Corral is not a cheap day out. A family of four would pay a minimum of 100 €uros: check the OK Corral website (in French only) for prices.

However very small children get in free and you can make significant savings by booking your ticket in advance online.

Pushchairs are available for hire and you can even spend a few nights at OK Corral, in a teepee, pictured, with all mod cons.

Where: 13780 Cuges les Pins.

How to get there:

From Marseille, take the A50 motorway towards Toulon, exit Aubagne Sud, then follow the signs to Circuit du Castellet. It's a 30 minute drive.

From Toulon, take the A50 motorway towards Marseille, exit La Cadière. It's a 30 minute drive.

From Aix en Provence, take the motorway A7 towards Toulon, exit Pont de l'Etoile. It's a 45 minute drive.

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