Enjoy permanent animations by visiting the exhibition rooms and videos, stopping at the stages of the fun course. Discover our new facilities dedicated to contemplation and relaxation.
In July and August, one-off activities are offered in the afternoon.
Art events can brighten your visit, check out the agenda below!
Finally, photo enthusiasts can learn or improve through our customized training.
With a rich natural and historical heritage, Merlet Park is a place for learning new knowledge … here you just have to walk to learn while having fun! In Merlet we privilege human contact … Our animators are there to inform you. At the reception or throughout the course, do not hesitate to contact us for any question! It is with pleasure and professionalism (we strive!) We will bring you answers.
Exhibition room video
In an old renovated farm, discover our exhibition
“Merlet today, Merlet formerly”
The video projection room welcomes you permanently (30 seats), offering more than 4 hours of continuous video on the alpine fauna.
– “Bella, the chamois prodigy” Exclusive short film
– “Merlet, the backstage of an exceptional site”
– “The marmots of the big rock”
Nice for children as for adults: we learn while having fun!
Along the way, you will find some themed stages, for example: winter, predators, ibex, marmot, altiport …
At each stage, a fun activity for toddlers, and for older children … Unwind your Smartphone flash the QR code and discover live news!
Information available in 4 languages
– The Silence Zone: on this extension of the 3000m² park at a place called “la roche à Soupla”, discover a new animal area dedicated to relaxation and silence. This part of the park also includes a cliff, real playground for ibex!
– Enjoy the view! See you at the Panoramic Spot which allows you to enjoy the exceptional view with peace of mind thanks to the African seats (wooden made in Merlet!)
– New chalet: at the entrance of the park, a brand new larch chalet can welcome you in the shelter in case of rain!
The punctual animations in July August
The animations begin at the beginning of July, from the beginning of the school holidays. Adapted to all, our animations are appointments not to be missed for a complete visit, the opportunity for a rich exchange with competent animators and passionate about the mountain environment and animals. And it’s free! According to the weather, our animators choose the theme of the animation of 14:30 among the first 3:
"The mountain and its secrets"
Following your remarks or questions, the host speaks as much of the glaciers opposite as the alpine stages with their fauna and flora, or the ascent of Mont Blanc by Balmat! A privileged discussion that gives you another look at the valley and the Mont Blanc massif …
Do not miss!
Subject to clear weather.
«Woods and Horns»
The facilitator explains the difference between antler and horns in cattle, how to recognize the age, the sex, the health of the animal by its horns, the cycle of the woods …
You can touch, weigh many trophies. The kids love it!
From Mount Maudit to Mont Blanc
The Chamonix Valley, glory, and now?
How did we go from the feared and accursed mountain, an inhospitable place, to one of Europe’s busiest natural sites, a saturated space? An exciting speech that deals with geology, crystals, crystalline, ascent of Mt-Blanc, birth of tourism, amenities and their consequences.
Legends of Merlet
Visit an old chalet, remained “as is” for 100 years!
Discovery of the life of the peasants of the time.
Vibrate in the atmosphere by listening to the anecdotes and legends of the village of Merlet in 1900.
Favorite food, sleeping habbits, babies… This animation tells you all about the marmots!
** since summer 2021, the marmot family that used to live at the “chalet marmotte” has gone and we are not able to provide this animation**
However, we have many marmots in other locations of the park, mainly in the area of “le moentieu”, usually from 3 pm after the nap !
Are you already in the park? Each star panel allows you to follow a guided tour according to your wishes. To return to the menu with the list of themes, click on the back arrow of your browser.
Artistic Events - Agenda
Throughout the summer, we propose various events on Sundays. Free participation for all visitors of the park.
Sunday 4 September 2022: Festive day in the park!
From 10 am to 12 pm : Make-up activity with
Transform yourself into a butterfly, a flower or a chamois, according to your desires!
Mam’zelle Pastel is fast and efficient, in about 5 minutes!
Meet at the bread oven, in front of the restaurant.
Free participation, directly with Mam’zelle Pastel
From 10am to 12pm
From 2 pm : musical nap !
Let yourself be lulled by the gentle piano melodies composed and played by Anne Gaillard, a mountain pianist and regular visitor. Meet at 2pm in the coomb in the middle of the park, lie down on the lawn, among the hinds and marmots. Remember to bring a gym mat or a towel for more comfort. Free animation for all park visitors.
Two sessions: 2pm and 3pm
Individual photo internship
Gilles Petetin, native of the valley and professional photographer, guides you in your artistic approach to animal photography and will advise you on the technical level. He will make a presentation of the work of wildlife photographer as well as an analysis of the shots made and you will try his long focal length: 600 mm … A formula very suitable for your level since it is individual, or two!
We open the park doors especially for you (time depending on the season). So you have the 20 hectares and all the animals exclusively for a while.
The teaching is given throughout the day, together with the practice on the site. The output is scheduled to 18h.
Rates and Reservation
Nothing’s easier ! You propose us one or two dates at your convenience between May 1st and September 30th, and we see with the availability of the photographer.
Entrance to the park and training: 100 € per person.
The meal (at the restaurant or picnic) is not included in the price