Our BUCKET LIST of Summer Activities in Morzine
Planning your activities this summer? It can be a minefield. If you only have a week to spend here in Morzine this summer, you want to get as much out of your stay here as possible.... So what our our top picks?
Our top 6 MUST DO family friendly activities in Morzine are:
- Swimming at the POOL or Aquariaz
- Tree Top Ropes / Cascade De Nyon
- Hiking the Chairlifts to Switzerland & doing the Fantasticable
- Rafting or Canyoning with FROGS Rafting
- Goat Village & Lake Montriond, Paddle Boarding and Kayaking
- Introduction to Mountain Biking / E-Biking
Of course there are many other things to do whilst you are here in Morzine, however, these would be our top picks. We also think it is great to hire a car whilst you are here as there is so much to see!
1. Swimming at the Pool
Morzine Aquatic Centre - Free with the Multipass
Morzine has an excellent swimming complex, located in the Parc des Dereches right in the heart of the valley. The complex can easily be seen from the big suspension bridge spanning the valley, giving you a good idea of what to expect before you go.
The Morzine swimming pool complex has both indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy including a water slide and bouncy castle for the kids.
A 50x21m Olympic size pool (heated to 27°C)Teaching and a great kiddies pool and toddler pool with small slides. There is also a beach volleyball court and a grass recreation area plus a lovely restaurant PIKNIK for lunch.
A 25x15m pool (heated to 27°C), kiddies teaching pool (heated to 28,5°C) and baby paddling pool (heated to 31°C). A wellness center with steam room and sauna are also available indoor.
There is plenty of space on the grass and the areas around the pool ideal for setting up camp with your beach towels, which you can hire from us at €5 Euros per week. There are sun loungers and also a SLIDE and kiddie pool.
Please remember that board shorts are not allowed, so gents need to wear speedos while swimming. If you forget, there is a swimming trunk vending machine.
Aquariaz at Avoriaz
For something a little different, where the guys can wear board shorts, you may want to visit Aquariaz. Aquariaz is an indoor tropical paradise in Avoriaz, with lush vegetation and rocks. It features a lazy river, an aquatic halfpipe, a water playhouse, a paddling pool and a large pool with climbing walls.
You have a couple of options to get to Avoriaz from Morzine. The first way is to drive all the way via the Col de Joux Vert or Route D’Avoriaz. Alternatively, you can take the A bus to the Prodains cablecar. From the top of the cablecar, you then have a short walk to Aquariaz itself.
The cable car ride is included with the Multi-pass, which is well worth buying.
Visit the website here: Discover Aquariaz
Opening times: From Saturday 1st July to Saturday 2nd September 2023, everyday from 1:30pm to 7:30pm
Prices: Adult - €10, Kids - €7 or FREE with a Multi Pass.
2. Tree Top Ropes at Indiana Parc or Zip Wires at Cascade de Nyon
Parc Dereches : Indiana Aventures
We have had a lot of fun on the two treetop assault courses in Morzine. The first one you will come across is the one in the Parc Des Dereches. The one run by Indiana Aventures is in the bottom of the valley, located further down the river from the swimming pool.
Anyone between 2 and 102 years old can make their way from tree to tree using ropes, platforms and zip lines. The course tests your balance and fear of heights in safety on a choice of routes to suit different levels of competency. All the equipment is provided, and everyone is supervised to ensure they are safe.
New for Summer 2023 : Tree Top Nets and Trampolines at Indiana Parc.
How To Book
We recommend booking in advance so you get a time slot that suits you.
Phone: +33 (0)4 50 74 01 88
Email: [email protected]
Opening Times: Every day during July and August from 9:30 am to 5:30pm
Prices: €11 - €23 depending on age and package (10% discount with the Multi Pass)
For the Bigger more daring ones: NYON Cascade Aventure
If you are a little more adventurous, we recommend that you check out the high ropes course at Nyon. Walking up the river to the Nyon waterfall brings you to a similar set up to the one on the Dereches, but the three circuits are much higher run by Cascade Aventure.
There are different courses to choose from consisting of ropes, cables, platforms and zip lines. One of the zip lines gives you the best view of the waterfall.
Visit the website here: Cascade Adventures
Opening Times: Daily from July to the end of August from 10 am to 3pm (last departure time).
Prices: €10 - €25 depending on age and package
3. Hiking to Switzerland & The Fantasticable Zip Wire
Ride the lifts with the Multi Pass
More Mountain are affiliated to the Multi Pass scheme which means you get the discounted rate of just €2.50 per day to (as opposed to €13 per day) to enjoy over 60 free and discounted activities all over the Portes Du Soleil.
One of the advantages of the Multi Pass is that it gives you access to the ski-lift system. The lifts allow you to cover lots of ground, enabling you and your family to discover the alps in an easy and fun way.
All you need to do is sit back and ride the lifts like a roller coaster while taking in the alpine views and marmot spotting. The lift system can take you all the way into Switzerland. Once effortlessly at the top, you can walk the ridges allowing you and your family to hike up high, stop off for a picnic or mountain refuge en route and take in the scenery with a glass of something cool and fresh. This is an easy activity with little kids as well as bigger ones, and great fun. Completely unique.
You can get started right from the centre of town by jumping on the Super Morzine or Pleney lifts. Alternatively get the free P bus up to Prodains Gondola, or take the free M bus past Montriond Lake and up to the Ardent Gondola.
Fly on the Fantasticable
Tie this in with a trip on the Fantasticable which is located at the top of the Chaux Fleurie Chair accessible from the Lindarets bowl.
The Fantasticable is an adventure activity that involves flying through the air on a zipline or a cable. It is designed to give participants a thrilling and adrenaline-pumping experience. The concept typically involves a harness attached to a pulley that runs along a steel cable suspended between two points. Participants are securely strapped into the harness and then propelled along the cable at high speeds, providing a sensation of flying. See the video of the Fantasticable here.
The Fantasticable is usually set up in scenic locations such as mountains or forests, allowing participants to enjoy breathtaking views while experiencing the thrill of ziplining. It is often a popular attraction in adventure parks or tourist destinations, offering a unique and exciting way to explore the surroundings from an aerial perspective.
4. Rafting & Canyoning with Frogs Rafting
We are big fans of Frogs Rafting, and we try to get at least one rafting session with them every summer. Rafting is suitable for kids above the age of 8 years old and routes take you down the local River Dranse or Giffre. With a maximum of 6 people in the boat, your guide will take you down rapids and through gorges, pointing out any wildlife on the way, and suggesting novel ways to go down the river.
Some people are content to float down the river, soaking up more of the atmosphere than the water, but for those of you after an adrenaline rush there are various ‘special detours’ your guide will help you take advantage of! These usually consist of cliff jumps and swimming spots.
Rafting trips are generally 2-2.5 hours in total and include all the equipment, a safety briefing and transportation to the take-off point.
How To Book
Whitewater rafting is something that you definitely need to book in advance, preferably before you arrive in Morzine due to its popularity. You can book by phone or email, you can do this in English making it super easy.
Phone: +33 (0) 609 308 077 (if there is no answer straight away, they will be out on the river, but someone will get back to you as soon as possible)
Email: [email protected]
Prices: From €45 per person
It is also possible to go canyoning at the Nyon Waterfall in Morzine, France. Canyoning involves navigating through a canyon or gorge using a combination of techniques such as hiking, scrambling, climbing, swimming, and rappelling through the water.
At the Nyon Waterfall, you can expect to encounter cascades, natural pools, and rocky terrain, providing an adventurous and thrilling experience. However, it's important to note that canyoning can be physically demanding and may require specific skills and equipment.
To participate in canyoning at the Nyon Waterfall or any other location, it's recommended to join a guided tour or hire a professional canyoning guide who will ensure your safety and provide the necessary equipment. They can also provide information about the current conditions, difficulty level, and any requirements or restrictions related to the activity. Again we recommend Frogs Rafting for canyoning trips.
5. Lac Montriond for Paddle Boarding and The Goat Village
A trip to Morzine in the summer isn’t complete without a trip to Lac de Montriond. There is a whole host of activities you can do at the lake and is a great way to enjoy the open air and lots of space.
You can hire kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUP's) at the lake, swim or simply chill out on the grassy banks. There's also a mini-golf course, which adds a new and fun way to enjoy the space.
There are a few restaurants and a snack bar by the lake where you can stop for lunch and enjoy the views of the clear water. We love the Verdoyant restaurant for views and the little snack bar "Lac'Tuel" for great salads and Croque Monsieur's finished off with a massive choice of ice creams! Great for the kids.
There is also Hotel du Lac for pizzas and cocktails with lovely views of the lake.
If you are driving up to the goat village, you will pass the lake on your right hand side, so you can easily stop off on the way there or on your way back to your accommodation.
However, you will notice that the goat village doesn’t exactly have a sweet smell. Therefore, you may not want to hang around too long for lunch.
So we recommend that you continue up to the Lindarets bowl. Here you will find lots of restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy great food while watching the mountain bikers.
If you've left your sandwiches at home, there's a great little open-air snack bar called La Quarante Sept (74).
One of our favourite restaurants is Mamo’s. Their service is excellent, and the team are always friendly. We especially like their burgers, homemade Croque monsieur and quiche of the day.
Alternatively, you can eat your own picnic by the gently flowing river (which is also great for paddling and cooling down on a hot day).
Lindarets also has a Salle Hors de Sac (Picnic Eating Room!) next to the top of the Ardent bubble, where you can eat your own food for free.
6. Introduction to Mountain Biking / E Bikes
We are big on mountain biking at More Mountain, so we are naturally going to urge you to give it a try. Morzine is mountain bike heaven, thanks to its access to world class trails. But you don’t need to already be an expert to ride here, as there are options to ease novices and kids into mountain biking in Morzine.
Easy Bike Rides For Families
If you have small kids, you may want to start them off pedalling around the Parc Des Dereches. The paths running alongside the river are wide and flat, making the experience very safe. Further up the river towards Nyon, there is a newly surfaced river path from the fire station that takes you to the Nyon car park and waterfall. This path is called the Chemin des Renard.
The paths along the river are also ideal for your first ride on an ebike. Ebikes are perfect to allow families to ride together. For example, parents and grand parents can use an ebike to keep up with the kids.
Riding In The Mountains
For your first taste of mountain biking in actual mountains, we recommend that you check out the green runs on the Super Morzine side of the valley. Take your bikes up the Super Morzine lift and then up the Zore chairlift, for access to the ‘Soylent Green’ trail. This is one of the easiest runs in the area. The trail undulates like a pump track and features berms and small optional jumps.
Super Morzine and Avoriaz is a much better starting grounf for beginners in our opinion. There is more choice of easier green runs.
However, if you don’t want to go it alone you have some options for learning the ropes and being taken to the best places.
Lessons And Guides
If you want more of a coaching or guiding experience we recommend that you check out RideAbility or MorzineskiMTB. You will need to provide your own bikes or hire them however both RideAbility and MorzineskiMTB are able to help you with this.
With so many activities on offer you'll want to kickback and relax at the end of the day in the laid-back luxury of our self catered apartments, complete with sunny terraces, BBQs and hot tubs!