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“Worth a visit with children” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Parc de la Prehistoire

Parc de la Prehistoire
Route de Banat, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
0561051010
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Owner description: Grand Atelier : audio-guides multilingues et adaptés aux enfants.Live the Prehistory!Covering 13 hectares, this unique site, for children and adults, invites you to travel to the origins of mankind and to plunge into the sources of art.The participative workshops are roofed and stay opened whatever the weather: discover the archaeology, the hunting, the art and the activities of a camp (the fire lighting and the flint knapping).The « Grand Atelier », this museum presents numerous art artefacts and facsimiles, like the Salon Noir and the « Niaux interdit » ones and also the main panel of Marsoulas cave, which is closed to the public.Services• Shop : books, souvenirs…• Restaurant.• Picnic area and outdoor playground.• Free kennel (dogs not allowed in the Park).• The « Grand Atelier »: multilingual and children commentaries.
Eauze, France
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“Worth a visit with children”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

The location of this attraction is appealing, nestled into the feet of the Pyrenees, surrounding you with rocky outcrops and peaks. The appeal of the park for my 3 year old son and I was the space - acres of green areas to run around in, a great play ground area, a man-made large pond and waterall which he could run behind. The older children we were with (up to the age of ten) loved the cave painting and spear throwing but were less interested in the demonstrations of tool-making and so on. The exhibition inside was actually pretty good, with representations of cave paintings and various diplays. The headphones with guided tour really bring the place to life but held less interest for the children and so made it hard for the adults to focus themselves on the narration. I'd recommend this place on good-weather day, if you are in the area anyway, and you fancy taking a pic nic and letting the kids wear themselves out in a safe and pleasant park. You and they might also learn a bit about pre-historic man if you can focus long enough!

Visited April 2012
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Oxford
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“dont go without children!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Outside-lots on concrete, nothing very exiting to see, maybe OK for kids
Inside displays better, recreated cave system good but not worth the 10 euros we paid to get in

Visited April 2012
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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“Different”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

The setting here is woodland and the displays are set in little clearings. We went on a hot day, and enjoyed the walk through the park.

Visited August 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Not just for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

We had a fabulous time at the park. We, two adults, first toured the more children oriented parts, but staff included us in the activites such as spear throwing and cave painting. Both were great fun. Then we ventured into the musuem. It is incredible. They give you headsets with whatever language you wish, and as you move through the exhibits you can listen to short or long explanations. We essentially listened to every word available. The exhibits are excellent. There is also a projection wall that shows not only French cave art but also compares it to rock art found all over the world. We ended up spending an entire afternoon at the park. We recommend it to anyone.

Visited July 2011
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