Just 35 minutes outside of Paris is the Parc de Thoiry. It is three destinations in one: a historic Chateau, a zoo complete with an arc of small beasts, and a drive thru safari. Yes, a safari.
We had the opportunity to visit the Parc and were impressed by the great animal enclosure design and the conservatory efforts the Parc is involved with. The chateau is beautiful and is packed with interesting artifacts. Then there is the self guided drive thru African safari, it was amazing!
Where else can you have breakfast near the Eiffel Tower and then drive around black bears and elephants before lunch? I would highly recommend anyone visiting Paris to do something new: go to Parc de Thoiry and see a different side of France!https://www.thoiry.net/fr