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3 Things to Do in Lyon

The beautiful city of Lyon in east-central France boasts being the second-richest city in the country and is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. Often known as the French economic and convention centre, Lyon welcomes everyone to join in their growing gastronomic city.

With their hotels internationally acclaimed to be among the world’s best, there is no reason for you to travel to Lyon and explore the wonderful city for yourself. There are plenty of attractions just waiting to be discovered and here are the top three attractions.

Parc de la Tete d’Or

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Parc de la Tete d’Or

This open park is perfect for the whole family as it brings fun and wonder to your holiday. Not only can you enjoy the features of a regular park, you can also take part in the many activities, including boating on the large lake and riding a pony through the fields. The major attraction to the park is their nearby zoo which is free to enter.

Lions, giraffes, bears and many other animals can be found in the small zoo ideal for children to spend time in. Afterwards, you can even watch a puppet show. It’s not just for kids however as there are physical activities for everyone to partake in from cycling through the 290-acre park to playing mini-golf.

With delicious vendors all around the park, this could be the textbook setting for a picnic for two or more. If you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and relax, this is the place.

Musee de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine

Musee de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine

Musee de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine

From exploring the wild to rediscovering history, the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation is all you need to relive the days of the past. Lyon was famously known for having a strong Roman connection in the past and this museum displays the artefacts, weaponry and artwork of those former years. There are many temporary exhibitions on show too so one visit is not always enough.

Formed in 1975, the museum helps you understand how the displayed objects figured in Roman life and as you can see the paintings up close, you’re left with a clear impression of what distant Lyon was like. The museum is also entertaining for the younger audience as videos are presented explaining Roman tradition, narrated by Lyon school-children.

It is no wonder this is one of the most popular museums in France.

Vieux Lyon

If there’s one thing you can be assured of in Lyon, it’s that you’ll see the history of the city almost everywhere. One place in particular stands out above the rest as it displays a charming Renaissance-era neighbourhood dating back to the 11th Century. With a range of activities on show, you can take a stroll through the original medieval city whilst dining at restaurants, spending time at the park and even taking a ride on the Ferris wheel.

The best bit about Vieux Lyon is that it isn’t too far away from all the other excitement. The small city is only a six minute drive away from the Roman Civilisation Museum, meaning if you were to rent a car with Alamo or even take public transport, you could travel to more attractions in less time. With history on show at both attractions, there is nothing more you could possibly miss.

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