Terra Botanica, the plant-inspired attraction, combines the beauty of flora and fauna with the excitement and thrills of a typical theme park. Located about two-and-a-half hours from Paris, the lush amusement park is an earth science class on steroids.
Naturally, there are thousands of plants to explore—275,000 different plant species, to be exact. The vegetation can be explored in a variety of ways: through the extreme climate greenhouses (the mist greenhouse alone features more than 2,000 different types of orchids), down one of several themed paths (such as “On the Spice Road”), or within the “smart” garden (that teaches how to solve common gardening problems).
But making the experience more exciting for both budding botanists and gardening novices alike are the rides and attractions. (Think Disney meets the botanical gardens.) There’s a hot air balloon ride that provides an aerial view of the entire park. There’s a “Journey in a Nutshell,” which is exactly as it sounds: a ride where you sit in a half nutshell and travel throughout the park’s treetops. There’s a hologram experience, a 4-D adventure, and a trip down the Loire in a miniature barge. The park even throws in some Jurassic Park vibes with its Origins of Life garden—where the occasional T. rex that might pop out. Check out some of the photos, below:
Terra Botanica is open every day except Saturday, and tickets start at €12