9 Best Activities at Center Parcs (From Someone Who Goes Every Year)

One of the best things about visiting Center Parcs is the number of activities available. Most Center Parcs villages have more than 100 activities, making it hard to choose.

I’ve been to Center Parcs several times and spent a lot of money on activities. Here are my favourites!

1. Aerial Adventure

The Aerial Adventure is, in my opinion, the best activity at Center Parcs. Qualified instructors will fasten you into a safety harness. Then, you can swing through the trees on the aerial rope course. Finishing with a fantastic zip wire.

Certain height and weight restrictions apply to the Aerial Adventure. It should also go without saying that it’s not suitable for those with a fear of heights. However, if you can get over that fear, this is a fantastic experience!

2. Subtropical Swimming Paradise

No visit to Center Parcs is complete without a trip to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. Swimming is one of the few free activities at Center Parcs and something I do several times per visit.

Plus, swimming is one of the few free activities at Center Parcs — and you don’t need to book in advance. You can visit the pool any time it is open, which is typically from 10am to 9pm.

3. Aqua Sana

The on-site spa at Center Parcs, Aqua Sana, offers a range of treatments and experiences. I’ve had a back massage, my mum often gets a manicure, and my wife even had a pregnancy massage while pregnant.

Aqua Sana treatments are not cheap. However, they are fantastic if you want to relax and unwind during your visit.

4. Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf at Center Parcs can be booked as either 9 or 18 holes and is popular with families and couples.

This is one of the best value-for-money activities at Center Parcs, which makes it very popular. You can spend around 30 minutes playing 9 holes or one hour playing 18.

5. Pedalo Hire

Hiring a pedalo is another excellent value activity at Center Parcs. Pedalos are suitable for up to 4 people and ideal for a range of ages and abilities, making them very popular.

Pedalo hire is available for 30 minutes and includes a life jacket for children under eight.

6. Interactive Squash

Badminton is fun, but interactive squash is better. Interactive squash is squash but on a wall that allows you to play different games.

The games are family-friendly and suitable for 2 to 4 people. Plus, you pay for the interactive squash room, not per person, making this excellent value for money.

Only a couple of these rooms are available, so unlike badminton and tennis, this activity sells out fast and is worth booking in advance.

7. Bike Rental

The best way to get around the Center Parcs village is by bike. However, the cost of renting a bike at Center Parcs is eyewatering (to say the least). As such, I recommend bringing your bike from home.

If you don’t have a bike to bring to Center Parcs, it may still be worth renting one—even at the crazy prices. Cycling around Center Parcs is so much fun and very convenient.

8. Chestnuts Picnic

When I visited Center Parcs with my wife and our son (aged 22 months) recently, we booked lots of activities, and our favourite was Chestnuts Picnic.

In this one-hour session, you’ll sing songs and read stories while the little one enjoys a picnic box. After lunch, Chestnut comes out to meet everyone and take pictures. Plus, you even get a mini Chestnut of your very own to take home.

9. Indoor Climbing Adventure

Indoor Climbing Adventure is an activity I’ve taken part in on several visits to Center Parcs. I’ve also done it with my niece (aged 5) and my nephew (aged 8), so it’s suitable for kids, too.

Each session is 55 minutes and takes place inside at the climbing walls. Here, an instructor will clip you in safely and explain how each wall works to give you the best chance of succeeding in climbing to the top.


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  1. Jon-Marc Eyer says:

    Ok, there is alot to do! I hope we get there when we come to the UK.