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“A great day out with kids”

Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Thoiry
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Thoiry is a rare example of esoteric Renaissance architecture where the sun rises or sets in the central arch following the solstices. Home since 1559 of the Counts of La Panouse, the drawing rooms offer visitors fine family portraits, furniture and tapestries presented by costumed guides. The 300 acre gardens: Rhododendron woods, Maze, Autumn, Rose, and Perfume Gardens, perennial borders give year round pleasure. Thoiry's world famous 350 acre animal reserve is open year round.
Reviewed September 25, 2011

We only had time to do the zoo and the safari park, but they were both excellent, with great opportunities to see some large animals roaming fairly freely. Lions' enc losure excellent..get there early for feeding time.

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Reviewed September 22, 2011

Couldn't imagine that an African SAFARI was possible in France! But we were in for a great surprise! An all day event, so get very comfortable walking shoes! - and if there were 30 hours in a day, we would definitely stay all the way! What a great place! Very well managed, very clean, many animals to see. There are two parks. One offers a drive-through, and you can see the animals in the habitat without leaving the car. Another is more of a Zoo, where you walk around and see the animals behind the fences, or in closed spaces (to maintain the proper temperature). There are a couple of food stalls with ready-made sandwiches, drinks and french fries, and a big restaurant on the entrance/exit (sort of buffet), but many people brought their own food and sat at the tables (although ate it before entering the park). A very cosy chateau should be the last point of your tour, it's pretty, but there isn't much to do there, better spend your time in the park. Take an all day pass, that comes cheaper, and maybe a year pass would be a better idea, especially if you have small children. The price difference makes a lot of sense this way!

1  Thank Marina B
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

We found the zoo and wildlife areas amazing. The chateau was not that interesting for us as all the information was in French.

Thank Euro11
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

Wikipedia and Creative Commons seem to suppress info about this place, maybe because the French government does not want the word to get out to Americans -- this is a favorite place for French families. Both of my visits, many years apart, were astonishing. You need to rent a car to visit it, and that could be the reason that info has apparently been suppressed. ( I tried to enter information about the place at Wikipedia and saw it expunged.)
Aloha ~~~ Ozzie Maland ~~~ San Diego

3  Thank Tinwhistler
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Reviewed May 30, 2008

The zoo is a drive through park where all animals are free. There is a lion section, an elephant section, a giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, gazelle section and a bear section to visit with a car. Keep the windows closed, do not step out of the car, be carefull in the lions section. Bears are separated from the road via a high voltage cable so there is no danger.
There is a walking section where all cages are made of glass to stare the animals. There is a kids garden with small monkeys inside. Tigers are viewed in their natural surrounding through a high pedestrian bridge.
The Chateau's lawn is vast and excellent.
Overall a terrific experience, espacially for families.
There is a little difficulty in finding the place. Watch out for signs posted.

4  Thank STttttt
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