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Things To Do in Provence with 2 teenagers

We'll be in Provence with our 2 kids, age 11 and 14, at the beginning of August for 3 days.

What would be fun for kids that like nature, history, science ??

Thanks.

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I would definitely recommend Pont du Gard. It's a Roman aqueduct bridge. You can walk across the lower bridge or hike up to the top (but you can't walk across the top). You can also swim in the river under the bridge, or rent boats. There is also a very nice museum at the location. Another site they might enjoy is Le Baux de Provence. You can hike around the ruins of an ancient village/fortress.

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The audio tour of the Arena in Nimes has all kinds of interesting facts about how the gladiator system really worked (hint: it's not the same as the Hollywood version depicted in movies like Spartacus). It's also one of the most intact Roman arenas anywhere. Your kids (and you as well) will enjoy seeing that almost everything in modern sports stadiums, except skyboxes, was thought of by the Romans 2000 years ago.

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In addition to the suggestions above, they might also like Glanum, the site of Roman ruins, about 15 minutes from Les Baux de Provence. They aren't the best Roman ruins but might be fun to walk through.

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Provence is a large area. Where will you be staying?

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What is the gender of the kids? Boys? Girls?

That might also help us provide some feedback.

What form of transportation will you be using?

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Hello,

We will be staying at a B&B somewhere between Avignon & Manosque. Visiting some of the beautiful lavender fields is on our list and looking for some other fun things to do with our 11 yr old daugher & 14 yr old son.
Someone suggested canoeing near Pont du Gard and biking ......

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Oh, and we will have a car to explore the area. Learning about the gladiator system sounds like a great idea...
Thanks.

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I would stay nearer to Avignon to be centrally located in western Provence. You have numerous choices for day trips. I recommend Michelin Green Guide Provence to see what's there. Some places in addition to the Luberon already on your itinerary (note: near Bonnieux see Pont Julien, a Roman bridge which rather amazingly was in use until 2005).

  • already suggested, Pont du Gard. The bridge is stunning, the area beautiful. The 1100 y.o. olive tree is a big bonus.

  • the Camargue, a unique place with flamingoes, white horses, black bulls, interesting old church and sandy beach in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Aigues-Mortes, on the western end of the Camargue is an intact medieval walled town from which Crusades were launched.

  • Arles has a charming old town and near perfect Roman amphitheater. I haven't seen the one in Nimes, so can't advise on which is better. Arles has a strong Vincent Van Gogh connection.

In Avignon I suggest not touring the Palais des Papes. Inside is nothing but bare walls and not worth spending limited time there imo.