Visitors who feel that France is simply too big and its sites too many to cover in one vacation are in for some good news. And that news comes in the form of a 12-acre, France-shaped park known as France Miniature. Long a favorite of school groups and families, a trip here will prove truly unforgettable.
Every major site in France is represented to scale, including bodies of water representing the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, and the attention to detail and historical context is impressive. There is also a full playground and adventure park with rides and plenty of interactive fun for kids of all ages and adults. For foreign visitors, it's a quirky, fun thing to do that will also give an excellent overview of the country.
France Miniature is located in Elancourt, west of Versailles. It can be reached by train from Paris via the Transilien line U, stop Verrière. From there a local bus stops at the park. If traveling by car, there is a parking fee of €3. Full price adult tickets are €21 in the high season (July and August), and €20 in low season. There are discounts for children under 14 and groups.