Low budget activitiesThe Top 10

Want to treat yourself and discover Contrexéville without spending a fortune? Then you’ve come to the right place! Geocaching, playgrounds, swimming pool… We give you our advice and our top activities to have fun without breaking the bank.

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Top 10 activities for small budgets

Playgrounds and picnic areas

To enjoy the nature

Whether at the Parc Thermal, the Lacs de la Folie or the Forêt-Parc, the free playgrounds are one of the most economical activities to do. Who hasn’t had fun sliding down the big slides, climbing as high as possible, or sneaking through the tunnels? When it’s time to eat, the picnic tables take over, so you can recover all your strength. By the lake, in the sun or in the shade, you will find the right table for you!

The 1000 facets of Contrexéville

To discover the city

Discover Contrexéville… In modern times. For this, nothing could be easier: you download the Izi.Travel application and then search for “Contrexéville”. The starting point and the return point are at the Tourist Office. During the walk, you will discover the monuments and emblematic characters of the city, and their history. Be ready, the route plunges you into the heart of the 1000 facets of the city.

The tree climbing

To do crazy things

It is not for nothing that the accrobranche is called Accrofolie. Accessible from the age of 4, the courses for young and old are real adventures to be experienced. Harnessed to your rope, launch yourself into the assault of zip lines, monkey bridges or lianas. Then swing, throw yourself into the nets and cross the footbridges to reach the end of the chosen course. Before challenging yourself on a more complicated course.

The open-air pool of the Lacs de la Folie

Like an air of relaxation

You will have to make some efforts, and even pedal a little for the most courageous, to reach the Lacs de la Folie from the center. There, a haven of peace awaits you: an open-air swimming pool, supervised and accessible free of charge in July and August, every afternoon. And if you want to sunbathe, go to the grassy solarium to relax before going back home.

Fishing at the Lakes of La Folie

And bite the trigger

Les Lacs de la Folie is THE place to be for small budgets. While the kids are at the outdoor pool, in the playground, or on the tree climbing, the older ones can indulge in a more relaxing activity: fishing. From the shore only, you can sit and cast your line. You can hope to catch carp, trout, tench or roach. Special “trout fishing” and “night fishing” days are organized during the season, to the great delight of seasoned fishermen… And patient.

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To fish with peace of mind

You can fish from March to October from 7am to sunset, and on the banks only.

To fish, you must pay a fishing fee, valid per day and per line.

Fares: 1 line 2,50€, the additional line: 1.50 €. 1 line free for children under 14 years old. There are also fishing rights for the season: 1 line for 20€ and 2 lines for 30€.

Pedal boats

To build muscle on the water

You can enjoy the paddles and pedal boats, if the weather conditions are favorable. After that, it’s up to you. Armed with your oars, or your legs, all you have to do is stroll around the Lacs de la Folie. What to enjoy the calm of the water, while doing his sport of the day. Beware of falls !

The mini-golf

18 tracks to learn or perform

It is at the entrance of the thermal park that you find the mini-golf of Contrexéville. Eighteen tracks take you on courses with various themes: the little train, the gardener, the Casino track… are all circuits that will be able to amuse you. And no need to spend a penny, since balls and clubs are to be requested at the Tourist Office of Contrexéville.

The domain of Vit Tel Ta Nature

Rejuvenate in the fresh air

In the heart of the forest, halfway between Vittel and Contrexéville, exists an unusual place: Vit Tel Ta Nature. Perched huts, fitness equipment, meditation bubble… You will find everything you need to recharge your batteries. The animal park is freely accessible and the hiking trails are activities that will only require the effort of your legs. And if you wish, you can rent bicycles or inquire about participating in the many animations and well-being workshops that take place at Vit Tel Ta Nature.

Happy Bowling

For striker in all conviviality

Happy Bowling is the place to have fun in a friendly atmosphere. Whether it’s for a drink or for striking out on the lanes, alone or with a team. The lounge area welcomes those who just want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, while the 12 bowling lanes with fluorescent lights and giant screens are occupied by the players. For those who want a taste of the casino, head to the gaming area, which features 8 pool tables and a variety of electronic games. If you’re a little hungry, you can try the bowling menu.

A movie session

At the Casino de Contrexéville

If you get the urge to make “a Saturday night movie”, we invite you to the Casino de Contrexéville. In a monument with architecture inspired by the Opera Garnier, a 250-seat room awaits you. Marvel at the hidden jewel of the Contrexéville casino: its theater-cinema! Admire this Italian-style room and its balconies, the profusion of floral decorations, faux marble, crystal chandeliers of styles combined between neo-classical and art nouveau, and enjoy a movie in an exceptional setting.


Good news from the Casino Cinema

Open: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and during school vacations

Rates : Full price – 6€, children -14 years old – 4€, 10 sessions card – 50€.

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