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Parc de la Prehistoire, Tarascon-sur-Ariege
(4.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
The 13 hectare (32 acre) Parc de la Prehistoire features full-scale reproductions of Magdalenian paintings and sanctuaries from the nearby caves of the Pyrénées. Here, you can enjoy a variety of hands-on educational and scientific activities. Join workshops and learn techniques used by prehistoric man, such as flint knapping (tool-making from raw materials), fire lighting, and hunting. During an archaeological dig at the reproduction site, gain an understanding of archaeological methods. Audio guides allow you to tour and learn at your own pace. Plan your Parc de la Prehistoire visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tarascon-sur-Ariege using our Tarascon-sur-Ariege vacation route planner.
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Reviews
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  • From the outset, we align all these little nice extras, justifying the rate (between 7 and 11 euros according to category) Although the contents themselves are already up to the asking price. You can find ample parking free, accessible to large-sized vehicles (vans, motor home...), during the opening of the Park (open 10 h, closed at 18, 19 or 20 h depending on days and seasons, from April to October), all possible access for PMR and strollers, spaces of game for children, to keep a pet if he can stay in a car audio guides included in the price, with two levels of comments (adult/child) and in many languages including occitan (!)... Finally, a pleasant picnic area and/or a perfectly fine restaurant where you can eat for 10 to 25 euros, both burgers that settling in a la carte menu. For what is essential, all is cleverly and aesthetically well integrated to the spaces and natural relief, part Museum and "great workshop", remarkably well structured and documented, with reproductions and updates in realistic environments. But the 4 animated workshops and 4 fun workshops are especially welcome, informative, well run, and even exciting. It takes at least 4 hours to enjoy this park, and even more. It may be better to book, but not an obligation (except if Group) such: 05 61 05 50 40. It is visited by bad weather, but obviously a bit less agreeable and less complete.
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  • A site to see for being stuck by our history, with a capital 'H'. A return to sources or rather "who we are, where we come from". Our ancestors were already remarkable.
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  • A beautiful setting with lots of animations and things to see... a real moment of relaxation, leisure and learning... Do at all costs if you are in the vicinity of foix
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  • A great walk with incredible views and a lot of fun hands on learning. I brought the kids here spur of the moment, but it was worth it. They had a great time throwing spears, painting cave walls, learning about making flint tools and fires and how prehistoric man lived. The staff was very friendly and highly knowledgeable. I highly recommend it.
  • Excellent place to take the kids on a nice day. Attractions include museum about stone age life in the valley, try your hand at cave painting and spear throwing, a nice cafe/restaurant and caves with a stream running through it.
  • Family enjoyed the experience. Our second time, and always more to do.
  • A great way to get a feel for what life was like for the cavemen in the area.
  • A super nice with my 5 year old daughter who has adored... A captivating ultra staff which is the key to this exciting day with activities that allow to immerse themselves in the story. The museum is very well done. I highly recommend it. It pays not to mine on the parking... But the surprise and the Park is largely up to a park in the capital! Bravo!
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