Leisure activities

Leisure activities

The Potager des Princes, an animated animal park in Chantilly

Discover the fantastical world of the Potager des Princes (“Princes’ Kitchen Garden”) in Chantilly. Designed by the renowned landscape gardener André le Nôtre, the Potager des Princes is much more than a simple garden and is home to Europe’s only “miniature farmyard”, where surprised visitors encounter miniature versions of such traditional farmyard animals as rabbits, hens, goats and sheep! Out-of-the-ordinary activities are also organized, including an orchestra of hens, a rabbit race and sheep-dog demonstrations. Truly a magical realm for children!


The Mer de Sable amusement park in Ermenonville

In an exceptional natural setting, the Mer de Sable leads you to the “Gates of the Desert”, transports you back to the “Time of Pioneers” and sends you and your tribe adventuring into the wild “Jungle”! A thrilling, out-of-this-world destination for would-be adventurers of all ages!

30 fun attractions and activities, 3 grand spectacles (including 2 equestrian shows) and an animal farm for a unique escapade in the heart of the French countryside!


Jean-Jacques Rousseau Park and Cultural Centre in Ermenonville

Created by the Marquis de Girardin, the Ermenonville Gardens are a famous example of the landscaping arts. Their singular design allows you to stroll your body as well as your mind, with the various picturesque installations and paths dotted with multiple tributes to poetry, philosophy and the arts, as well as celebrations of wild nature. A precursor of the landscaped and English-style gardens that would later become popular, the park also heralded the dawn of the Romantic period. Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent the last few weeks of his life here, and was buried on the Île des Peupliers ("Isle of Poplars"), which would eventually become a popular pilgrimage site.


The Compiègne Forest

One of France’s largest forests, covering no less than 14,400 verdant hectares and listed as an “Exceptional Forest”, Compiègne National Forest can be explored by foot and by bike, as well as by horse.


The Oise – Pays de France Regional Nature Reserve

Comprising the forests of Halatte, Chantilly and Ermenonville, the Oise - Pays de France Regional Nature Reserve is a veritable green lung north of Paris perfect for not only walkers and hikers, but also heritage enthusiasts.

This unique sylvan park abounds in prestigious sites, including Chantilly, Senlis and the royal abbeys of Royaumont, Chaalis and Moncel, not to mention picturesque villages, small bucolic valleys and special conservation areas.


Parc Astérix in Plailly

Whether you come as a family or with friends, the Parc Astérix theme park guarantees you'll enjoy a typical Gallic experience: truly one-of-a-kind, full of fun and good humour, and a great opportunity to share laughs and thrills! Discover 6 thematic worlds, 39 attractions and 5 irresistible spectacles.


The Parc Saint Paul amusement park in Saint-Paul

Parc Saint Paul is a family-friendly amusement park in the heart of the French countryside, with 40 fun attractions and 3 animal shows. A welcome change of scenery, promising laughs, thrills and good humour.


The painter André Van Beek's garden in Saint-Paul

A life-size open-air canvas, with seven ponds, two rowing boats, a blue footbridge and thousands of plants composing a succession of romantic perspectives, to discover and admire while strolling the garden’s fragrant flower-lined paths. 


Oise is easy to get to, by car, train or plane! Find the itinerary that best suites you.