We live in the Mountains, so unfortunately from time to time, it does rain and makes the endless outdoor activities that Morzine has to offer, a bit more difficult to do!
So here are just a few options on whats on offer in the region, so that you can make the most of your holiday in the drizzly weather!
1) Aquariaz – A fantastic indoor aquaparc facility, run by the same people that own Center Parcs. Its particularly brilliant for children up to 11/12 years of age. A fabulous lazy river takes centre stage, with two indoor jacuzzis, nestled inbetween. At one end is a full on climbing wall where you can play Tarzan into the water. There is an amazing area for small children, with loads of slides and water games, a pretty full on half pipe slide (even for adults) and an outdoor hot tub. Entrance to the Aquariaz is not included in the Multipass and costs 8 Euros for Adults, free for under 3’s and 5 Euros for children over 5. The Aquariaz is based up in Avoriaz and is easily accessible by road or by the Prodains cable car (which is often an adventure for the kids in itself!). Note that there is no cafe inside the Aquariaz, so make sure you time your visit after you have already had lunch or breakfast!! Read what the Guardian thought about it here:
2) Indoor swimming pool Morzine This amazing facility, which is included in your multi pass, is only quite recent to Morzine, finished in 2012. Its a fantastic space to enjoy some fun water time. The indoor faciilty has a fabulous 25 metre pool, a medium pool and a small splash area for the little ones. There is also an indoor spa/ sauna area, with 2 steam rooms and 3 saunas, if you do get the chance to chill out (this does cost a few euros extra however and you need to purchase the ticket at the entrance). If it is just drizzling (and not thundering and lightening) then you could brave a swim outside in the enormous olympic size swimming pool, take a fresh run down the toboggan or jump in the medium size swimming area. For the little ones, there is the bouncy castle, the slides and games in the outside area or another splash pool with slides if its not too nippy!
3) Indoor Ice Skating Rink. A fabulous ice rink, that has just had some major renvoation done to the ice making part of the rink (don’t ask me details on that, I just know!). An ice rink, is not something that everyone has access to at home and a great chance to try out your balancing skills, especially if you have a child between your knees! The entrance is included in the multi pass and is open to the public from 14.15 to 17.15 every day. Skate hire costs an extra 3.5 Euros per person. Don’t forget warm clothing!
4) Daytrips: When its hot and sunny, the last thing you want to do is get in a car, so make the most of the drizzle and explore the region. We are based in a fabulous area, with the gorgeous towns of Annecy, Chamonix, Evian-les-Bains, Thonon-Les-Bains, Yvoire and Geneva all approx an hours drive away (Evian/Thonon approx 30 mins). Pack a mac, a brolly and explore. Check out our website for further details.
5) Aqua Parc & Swiss Vapeur Parc at Les Bouverets: A brilliant indoor and outdoor aqua park with a huge variety of slides, from gentle toboggans, to the Booster Loop, Devil’s Fall and Morgan’s Thrill. Swimming pools with wave machine, a spa centre with 6 different styles of sauna and hamman and a huge outdoor area with additional slides for the kids. A really brilliant day out, especially on a rainy day, with its location on Lake Geneva being worth the trip alone. For further details, please visit the aquaparc website. Next door to the Aqua Parc is the Swiss Vapeur Parc, A huge collection of mini railways replicating the famous swiss railway lines. So if after a few hours in the Aqua parc, the rain stops, you could kill two birds in one stone and jump aboard the lovely mini trains, in a fabulous park, set against such an amazing backdrop of Lake Geneva and the French/Swiss Alps.
6) Canoeing and Kayaking on Lake Montriond The 3rd largest lake in the region after Lake Geneva and Lake Annecy. This is a stunning area, that has a beautiful circuit walk of approx 5 km and an outdoor swimming area. However, if its wet, you can just don the wetsuits and hire out a canoe or kayak and have lots of fun on the lake….. You are going to get wet anyway, so the rain is irrelevant really!!
7) White Water Rafting Negotiating rapids and small waterfalls in an inflatable raft is fantastic fun. With a maximum of 8 people in the boat, your guide will take you down rapids and through gorges, pointing out any wildlife on the way, and suggesting novel ways to go down the river. Either float down and just soak up the atmosphere or take a route that guarantees a real adrenaline rush! Minimum age 6. Again, once you are wet, what does the rain matter. The more rain and water the better to get more impressive rapids! Contact frogs rafting for all the information on rafting, canyoning, gorge walking and airboating!
8) The goat village at Lindarets: Offically called ‘Les Lindarets’ but known as the ‘Goat Village’ because of the numerous goats roaming freely around this unique mountain village. This is one of the most visited spots in the whole of the Haute-Savoie area, where you can take the children who can feed the friendly, but greedy goats, buy some original souvenirs or have lunch in one of the popular local restaurants. Again, the goats will be out regardless of the rain and you can spend more time having a leisurely lunch in one of the fabulous restaurants up there such as Le Chaudron, La Cremaillere or the Hard Wok Cafe!
9) The Devils Bridge Gorges: Just 15 minutes away in Le Jotty on the way to Thonon Les Bains, these gorges offer a gripping picture of the power of erosion. Visited as early as 1893, they have been fitted out to be accessible for most people. The jagged profile of the sides and shaded colours give the site a spectacular appearance, which is accentuated by the magnificent forest surroundings. This defile, partly underground, gouged into very hard grey marble links surprisingly the Leman’s Lake area and the CHABLAIS Massifs. Open daily, Adults 5,90 and Children 3,90.
10) Spa Day When all the activity come rain or shine, gets too much, then you could just chill out and have a spa day. Maybe a full day out at either Lavey les Bains or Evian les Bains, two fabulous facilities within an hours drive. Or get a massage and beauty therapist to come to the chalet.. See here for full details on some of the spa options available. If you have children, then you could just pop them into childcare for a day, and maybe just have a well deserved day to yourself being pampered!!
Have a great holiday…… despite the weather!!