In summer, school holidays... and a question that bothers many families: how are we going to occupy our dear teenagers? To help you, here are the top 10 best activities to do in Bourges and its surroundings.

An outdoor escape game with the Mysteries of Bourges

Visit and discover the city of Bourges in an atypical format! The outdoor escape game offered by the Mysteries of Bourges will make you discover the history of the different streets and emblematic places of the city. Collect as many clues as possible and try to win the treasure!

Two routes are offered:

  • With a valiant heart
    Jacques Coeur is THE local historical figure. It is a must in Bourges. But will you be able to prove yourself worthy of his trust to help him protect his fortune?
  • The great His'Tory
    Follow in the footsteps of Geoffroy Tory, the little-known Berruyer who nevertheless revolutionized the French language during the Renaissance. Can you get your hands on his treasure?

Pratical information 

  • 3 to 6 players per team
  • 2 hours of play
  • 2/4 difficulty level
  • 2 to 3 kilometers traveled

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Bathe in the surrounding pools

What could be better in summer than a good swim! The swimming pools of Bourges and its surroundings are there to refresh you…

  • Raymond Boisdé Nautical Center in Bourges 
  • Gibjoncs swimming pool in Bourges
  • Swimming pool of Saint Germain du Puy
  • Swimming pool of Saint Doulchard
  • Swimming pool of Saint Florent sur Cher
  • Baugy swimming pool

A game of paintball in Saint-Palais

Let off steam in the heart of nature in Saint-Palais! 1Pact Paintball offers 4 themed paintball fields in which you can compete as a team. Try to hit your opponents with paint guns and colored balls, and win the game. Strong sensations and conviviality will be there!

Pratical information 

Address: Les Daurons, 18110 Saint-Palais

  • 4 different themed lands
  • From 20 euros
  • From 12 years old under adult supervision. By reservation only. Minimum 10 people on weekdays / 8 on weekends.


An afternoon at Fun Sport Factory

Fill up on fun activities thanks to Fun Sport Factory in Saint-Germain-du-Puy! Get together around indoor pétanque, snookball or even ax throwing. Have you ever dreamed of participating in a game show? With the Quiz Room, it is now possible to play as a family as if you were there. Other activities and a restaurant area are to be discovered on site.

Pratical information

Address: 12 Rue du Pressoir, 18390 Saint-Germain-du-Puy

Fun Sport Factory
@ Fun Sport Factory

An electric boat ride on the Canal de Berry

Some choose to do it by bike, others by boat! From July 14 to August 21, you can take a ride in an electric boat with your teenagers on the Canal de Berry! A good way to cool off during the hot weather and have a good time with the family. Go to the Prado peninsula to rent your boat!

  • 1/2 hour: €10
  • 1h: 20 €
  • 1h30: 30€

Beach, nautical base and skate-park of Val d'Auron

Many activities are to be discovered near Lake Auron! Practice fishing, sailing, rowing or canoeing. On hot days, enjoy a good swim on the equipped beach and a game of beach volleyball. Without forgetting the skate-park, an unmissable meeting place for teenagers where they will perform their best acrobatics.

Val d'Auron ©Ad2t
Val d'Auron ©Ad2t

Climbing at Contre Pointe in Saint-Doulchard

Combine sport and relaxation at Advanced against in Saint-Doulchard! The bouldering wall is suitable for all levels, whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will not be disappointed with the experience. The catering area will offer you a wide choice of aperitif boards, croques and sandwiches.

Pratical information

Address: 839 Rte d'Orléans, 18230 Saint-Doulchard

Take advantage of events organized by the city

The city of Bourges organizes many activities during the summer, in particular the Belété de Bourges which brings together concerts, show trails, fun games, night markets... You won't get bored!

The ice rink turns into a skating rink

During the summer the ice rink turns into a roller dance track, enough to spend good times with family or friends. So don't waste time and put on your roller skates! We can't wait to see your acrobatics...

Programming :

  • Thursday July 21 from 15 p.m. to 19 p.m.: Aqua Party
  • Saturday July 23 from 19 p.m. to 22 p.m.: Roller Disco evening
  • Friday July 29 from 19 p.m. to 22 p.m.: Beach Party
  • Saturday August 20 from 19 p.m. to 22 p.m.: Roller Disco evening
  • Friday August 26 from 19 p.m. to 22 p.m.: Summer's Eve

Price: Price of the entrance to the ice rink

For dreamy teenagers: go for a walk in the Jardin de Marie

Get closer to nature by visiting the Garden of Mary in Neuilly-en-Sancerre. This Remarkable Garden® à l'anglaise has more than 2 varieties of flowers and botanical plants, including 000 varieties of roses. A route that is both fun and instructive for a beautiful discovery of the jewels of nature. 

Le Jardin de Marie is being renewed and even offers you a 3-bedroom gîte and 2 new guest rooms, including a double and a family. Everything you need for a comfortable family road trip! 

Pratical information 

Mary's Garden
336 L'Avoinerie Road

Jardin de Marie


1 comment

Anne Laure

Great article! I recommend montparnasse laser tag

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