Rennes with teenagers and children – The top 10 cultural outings!

Visiting the capital of Brittany means entering directly into the traditions and great Breton symbols. You can feel all the pride of this region, and the ten Rennes sites that this little guide invites you to discover as a family will capture the attention of all ages. Unusual and cultural, Rennes is full of historical or scientific riches, but always fun and fascinating!

1 / 10 Rennes with teenagers: the Parliament of Brittany

Built in the 17th century, the Parliament of Brittany is distinguished by its prestigious architecture, with a classic facade, French-style interior woodwork and luxurious decor. The visit can only be booked through the tourist office. In summer, the facades of the Parliament are the support for images and videos projected on the walls, whose theme, different each year, creates the opportunity for a constantly renewed family outing.

2 / 10 Rennes with children: Saint-Pierre Cathedral

With its monumental organs, the neoclassical Saint-Pierre de Rennes cathedral was built in the 19th century on the ruins of the old building which collapsed in the 18th century. The Dukes and Duchesses of Brittany came to be crowned there… Enough to make children dream, who will easily imagine the scene under the gilded ceiling of this cathedral steeped in history!

3 / 10 Rennes with children: the Science Space in Les Champs Libres

Experiments, explorations, discoveries… From the planetarium to Merlin’s laboratory, the Champs Libres science space is a space where children can touch, try, understand. Interactive, the visit awakens all the senses and touches both interstellar space and life on Earth. There is no shortage of activities to interest children aged 7 and over, who will be delighted.

4 / 10 Rennes with children: the Brittany Museum in Les Champs Libres

For families, the museum offers animated tours during school holidays, to discover the collections in a fun way. You can choose from game booklets that allow you to progress independently through several courses where a mediator takes you to discover the museum. When leaving, don’t miss the library, from where the panorama of Rennes is spectacular!

5 / 10 Rennes with teenagers: an unusual tour of Rennes by Segway

To be booked at the tourist office, the tour of Rennes by Segway is an excellent family outing: teenagers will be less reluctant to ride their machine to Thabor Park! The route also passes through the historic heart of Rennes, the Mordelaise gates, and allows you to discover the half-timbered houses during a fun circuit in the company of a guide.

6 / 10 Rennes with teenagers: Who wants to track Rennes?

With “Who wants to track Rennes”, the Breton capital has set up its own urban rally to help families discover the emblematic places of Rennes, but also its lesser-known corners. Various thrilling scenarios are aimed at different ages. The whole family becomes a team of urban explorers and creates lasting memories during 2.5 hours of play!

7 / 10 Rennes with teenagers: the Boël mill following the Vilaine

The course of the Vilaine offers a 15-kilometer path between Rennes and the Boël mill. A nature outing that can be done in complete peace of mind by bike with your teenagers. From cluses to towpaths, along green banks, the walk is calm until the paddle mill built to brave the floods of the Vilaine. Cliffs give relief to the landscape which has everything of a haven of peace.

8 / 10 Rennes with teenagers: the FRAC of Brittany

The Regional Contemporary Art Fund welcomes an audience of all ages thanks to its family workshops aimed at children aged 5 to 7 or 7 to 12 years old. Accompanied by an artist, they are invited to develop their imagination. Teenagers will have plenty of time to refine their art lessons and their artistic fiber through a rich, regularly renewed collection of nearly 5,000 works and 600 artists.

9 / 10 Rennes with children: the Pays de Rennes ecomuseum

The ecomuseum hides both a farm and exhibition rooms where the participation of children is welcome. The goal: to discover nature, animals, plants, understand their way of life, explore one’s environment through touch, observation… Old machines are also there to understand life on the farm at beginning of the century. A very informative nature walk!

10 / 10 Rennes with teenagers: excursion to Saint-Malo, the corsair city

Less than an hour from Rennes, Saint-Malo allows you to combine a beach and a cultural visit. The town, which has kept its ramparts, its cobblestones and its period appearance, was in fact an important city of corsairs for two centuries. The latter built rich private mansions which can still be admired today, and even contributed to replenishing the coffers of the Kingdom of France.

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