Terra Botanica is a family park located in Angers, in the district of Hauts de Saint-Aubin, in Maine-et-Loire, France. The park opened in 2010 and is dedicated to the world of plants and biodiversity. At the end of the 2011 season, Terra Botanica hosted 301,049 visitors, but in 2012 and 2013 the initial number of visitors droped a little.
This huge project costed €94 million and took 10 years to conceive and design. The park covers an area of 27 hectares including parking, access and site maintenance pathways. It consists of 60,000 m² of gardens and paysages, that hosts 5,500 tropical trees and plants, 510 rose bushes and 5,300 shrubs, all nurtured by 20 full-time gardeners. With this scale good walking shoes and bottles of water are mandatory.
Radiating from a central piazza are four themed areas: The origins of life, Strange and unusual plants, Explore and Anjou getaway. Although this is not a theme park for roller-coaster fans, there’s tons of trills ride from the Elves’ Island with its hanging towers, dynamic 4D film screenings, rides in a tethered balloon or up in the treetops and scenic boat rides.
Another ride worth to mention: Journey to the Centre of the Plant. Thre ride takes you on a spectacular trip. Following a cartoon droplet of water, we fall from cloud to Earth and are then sucked up through the roots of a tree. Our seats rock and roll, virtual ants tickle our feet and we zoom through the trunk, eventually landing on a leaf.
My favourite rides were “The Botanical Odyssey”, a boat trip where you travel down the Loire to discover the many riches of the Anjou area and “Journey in a nutshell” where you and your travel companion need to pedal a lot deep into the forest. Also worth mention were the 3d movies, a talking tree for kids and the 4D Bamboo express.
In 2016 the park began balloon flights, a large garden of dahlias and a brand new themed area “Pérouse’s Treasure” where you can relive the saga of 2 famous botanists from Anjou, the Du Petit-Thouars brothers. Having set off to find two ships that had mysteriously disappeared a few years earlier, they discovered priceless botanical treasures on their incredible voyage. This is a show full of special effects, surprises and emotions, where visitors can be adventurers for a day and discover the treasure of La Pérouse in one of the Park’s many greenhouses.
Entrance at 19€ for Adults and 13€ for children is reasonable for what you get. The organic cafeteria is expensive 30 euro for 2 but the quality of food was excellent. Also there are plenty of places to eat your picnic at. You could go on the tram but car parking is also spacious and near the main gate.
Highly recommended family fun day out, both educational and fun. Try it out. You’ll want to come again.
By Sandra Nunes, Raquel Caixado, Ana Rita Mendes and Carlos Canaes. Updated 14/10/2016
Location: Route de Cantenay, Epinard 49000 Angers, France
Tickets from 12€ online for families
Opens from April to September. May to end of August opens dailyApril, September: Friday, Saturday & Sunday.Times: 9am-6pm or 10am-7pm depending on time of year.Top Rides
Journey to the Centre of the Plant