Île de Loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise
Facilities: Lake with a beach and water slides open on sunny spring weekends and from June to August; kayaking and canoeing; mini-golf; pony rides; white water rafting; pedalos; fishing; forest assault course; sailing; tennis; simulated wave surfing; zorbing; barbecue pits; play areas; water skiing; and bungee sports.
Getting there: Take the RER A north from Paris or the regional L train from Saint-Lazare to Cergy-Préfecture and then the 48 bus to the stop ‘Base de Loisirs’. Take the regional H train from Gare du Nord to Pontoise and then the 45 or 48 bus.
Île de Loisirs de Bois le Roi
Facilities: Lake swimming on sunny spring weekends and in July and August; equestrian center; 15 tennis courts; nine-hole golf course; basketball and beach volleyball courts; football pitches; skate park; climbing wall; archery; canoeing; picnic areas; children’s playgrounds; fishing; and rock climbing and mountain biking in the neighboring Forest of Fontainebleau.
Getting there: The base is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Paris. Take an overground train from Gare de Lyon in the direction of Sens or Montereau. Get off at ‘Bois-le-Roi’ (35 minutes) and follow signs for Base de Loisirs/UCPA (25 minutes).
Base de loisirs de Bois le Roi │© Speculos / Wikimedia Commons
Base de Loisirs de Buthiers
Facilities: Lake-shaped pool with water slide open from June to August; outdoor climbing and 20-meter (65-foot) indoor wall; treetop adventure trails; 12-meter (40-foot) sliding simulator; catapult; pony rides; inflatable children’s park; disc golf; 80-kilometer (50-mile) mountain biking and hiking trails; outdoor laser tag; and archery.
Getting there: The base is located 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) south of Paris. Take the RER D from Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, or Gare de Lyon. Get off at ‘Gare de Malesherbes’ and take the seasonal minibus (10 minutes), or follow signs for Base de Loisirs (35 minutes).
Île de Loisirs d’Étampes
Facilities: Huge wave pool in July and August; pétanque; ping-pong; inflatable children’s park and play areas; treetop adventure trails; cycling; skate park; pedalos; canoeing; fishing; pony club; hiking trails; mini-golf; archery; surfing; and ice skating.
Getting there: The base is located 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of Paris. Take the RER C in the direction of Saint-Martin d’Étampes. Get off at ‘Étampes’ (55 minutes) and then walk through the town for 15 minutes.
Opening: Monday to Sunday, 8AM to 8PM. Free admission. More info here.
Île de Loisirs Vaires-Torcy
Facilities: Lake with a 7000-square-meter (0.7-hectare) fine sand beach, and 10,000 square meters (one hectare) of lawns for sunbathing; nine-hole golf course; tennis, squash, and badminton courts; rowing, catamaran, canoeing, and dragon canoes; pony trekking; and 3500 square meters (3770 square feet) of nature for walking and running.
Getting there: The base is located 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) east of Paris. Take the regional P train from Gare de l’Est in the direction Meaux (18 minutes). Get off at ‘Vaires-Torcy’ and take the 421 bus in the direction Torcy RER. Get off at the stop ‘Les Cantines’ (6 minutes) and follow signs for Île de Loisirs Vaires-Torcy (20 minutes).
Opening: Monday to Friday, 10AM to 10PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 9Am to 8PM. More info here.
Île de Loisirs du Port aux Cerises
Facilities: 1800-square-meter (0.18-hectare) wave pool with slides in July and August; beach sports; playgrounds; mini-golf; pony rides; treetop assault course; hiking; cycling; canoeing and kayaking; skate park; and children’s amusement park.
Getting there: The base is located 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south of Paris. Take the RER C to Gare de Juvisy. Take the ‘Seine’ exit and follow signs for ‘Base Régionale de Loisirs’ (7 minutes). Take the RER D to Gare de Juvisy or Gare de Vigneux, which is 15 minutes from the base on foot.
Île de Loisirs Jablines-Annet
Facilities: Large freshwater lake with two swimming zones; pedalos, mountain biking; mini-golf; archery; tennis; ping-pong; disc golf; zip water skiing; and horse riding.
Getting there: Take the regional P train from Gare de l’Est in the direction of Meaux (23 minutes). Get off at ‘Lagny-Thorigny’ and then take the 15 bus to the stop ‘Rigaudin’ in the off-season, and ‘Île de Loisirs’ in the summer. Take the RER A to Chessy / Marne-la-Vallée and then the 24 bus to ‘Base de Loisirs.’
Opening: Monday to Sunday, 8AM to 7PM during the off-season, and 10AM to 6:30PM during the summer. Entry is €7 in the high season. More info here.
Île de Loisirs Verneuil-sur-Seine
Facilities: Several large ponds on the banks of the Seine; canoeing, kayaking, and pedalos; horse riding; cycling; tennis; children’s playgrounds; forest walks; fishing.
Getting there: The base is 35 kilometers (21.7 miles) west of Paris. Take the regional J train from Saint-Lazare. Get off at ‘Verneuil – Vernouillet’ (28 minutes) and follow the signs for Île de Loisirs Verneuil-sur-Seine (35 minutes).
Île de Loisirs Saint Quentin en Yvelines
Facilities: Large lake; playground; walking routes; barbecue pits and picnic areas; horse riding; teaching farm; golf course and mini-golf; karting; Segway tours; beach sports; and sailing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Getting there: The base is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) southwest of Paris. Take the RER C to Gare de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines or Gare de Trappes (50 minutes) and then take the 463 or 10 bus to ‘Île de Loisirs – Golf/ Centre équestre.’
Opening: Every day in March and April from 7:30AM to 9PM and otherwise from 7:30AM to 10PM. Free admission. More info here.
Île de Loisirs Créteil
Facilities: Large, open-air wave pool in July and August; sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and canoeing; playgrounds; cycling; walking routes; assault courses; fishing; and mountain biking.
Getting there: The base is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southeast of Paris. Take the RER C in the direction of Créteil (10 minutes). Get off at ‘Créteil Université’ and then take the TVM bus in the direction of Marché de Rungis, or walk for five minutes.