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Extraordinary and unusual visits

Want to try something out of the ordinary? Whether it’s aboard a mining railway or a little tourist train, on the back of a mechanical elephant or in a submarine, children are guaranteed to learn plenty of fascinating facts while having fun! Here is a little overview of the most unusual visits you can enjoy with your family in the Loire Valley.

Underground or on a train…

Travel 126 metres underground into the Mine Bleue (Blue Mine)! Why Blue? Because, in the thirties, they used to extract slate here from the Gâtelière site. Once underground (after taking the lift or the cable car), a little miners’ train will take you and your family along the paths of miners from long ago. 

Another little train you can catch is the Loire Valley tourist train, which dates back to the fifties. Departing from Thoré-La-Rochette, it will take you on a journey to discover the little village of Trôo and its troglodyte dwellings.

In Saint-Nazaire, it’s the Espadon submarine that will delight younger visitors. Although it’s not actually submerged, but floating in the port’s fortified lock, children’s vivid imaginations and the sound effects used will quickly transport them under the ocean.

Magical worlds

On the Île de Nantes, there is a mechanical elephant so big that it can carry no less than 50 people on its back! Climb aboard, 12 metres from the ground! The ride will take you to discover many of the old shipyard’s other amazing attractions like the Carrousel des Mondes Marins and the Galerie des machines

The Maison de la Magie (House of Magic), in Blois, is another special location. Situated just opposite the famous château, here children can discover the magic greatest tricks and illusions through exhibitions and shows.

The mysteries continue at the Château des Enigmes (Château of Enigmas) in Fréteval. At the Château of Rocheux, become a crafty detective in a giant treasure hunt (suitable for age 4+). Your mission? Discover the treasure of King Philippe Auguste, one of the first Kings of France.