Kids: Take a day trip, just for the “thrill” of it.
Forget about “Blueberry Hill”: you can get plenty of thrills by taking a day trip in the Greater Region.
In Germany, there’s the brand new Kletterhafen climbing park, where kids can even rent a GoPro camera and film their adventures. It’s less than an hour away, and there’s a trampoline park and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool nearby in Merzig, as well as fast food and restaurant options.
Of course Germany is also home to the fabulous Europa Park and boy does this place (pictured above) give you a ride for your money. It’s comparable to Disney and as clean and attractive but cheaper and more manageable in size. It’s a long day trip, but it’s doable!
Much closer, quieter and calmer is the charming Eifelpark, a beautiful place in the woods, perfect for younger kids and soothingfor parents.
Another amusement park geared more to the younger crowd is Plopsa-Coo in Belgium, about an hour and half drive from here. Again, the shady setting is a plus for more enjoyable rambles and it won’t overwhelm you with its size.
Speaking of shade: beat the heat inside the Cave of Han. The 1.5 hour underground tour is worth the hour’s drive and there’s a nature reserve, an old tram and playground too.
Walygator in France used to be known as a little kids’ park, but they’ve added very cool rides that are truly thrilling for big kids too, so now the teens won’t complain if you want to take their younger siblings there.
And speaking of gators, there are plenty of other wild animals at the nearby Amnéville Zoo, which is one of Europe’s largest. The brand new “Tiger World” has just opened.