Visit this free park with golf course, adventure park, restaurants, minigolf, animals, gratis kids play areas, and marvelous views of Lake Geneva, the Alps, and Mt Blanc.
Parc Pré Vert at Signal de Bougy is a beautifully located green park on a hill overlooking Lake Geneva halfway between Lausanne and Genève in Switzerland. Admission to the park is free with many facilities for families with children of all ages. It is open daily and a popular weekend destination from all parts of the Lac Léman region. Admission and parking are gratis with no charge to use most of the facilities. Belonging to Migros, the golf course claims to be the best golf course in Western Switzerland with reasonable green fees, a golf academy, driving range, and putting greens but no club membership required. Inside the main park, only the minigolf and mechanical toys are charged for with all other facilities free and food at regular Migros supermarket prices.
Visit Pré Vert Park at Signal de Bougy near Rolle & Aubonne
Pré Vert at Signal de Bougy is a 110-ha (250-acre) park on a hill overlooking Aubonne and Rolle on the northern shores of Lake Geneva. Visitors can enjoy marvelous views of Lake Geneva (including as far as the Jet d’Eau in Genève) and the Chablais Alps (including fantastic views of Mt Blanc).
Prè Vert can be divided into three main areas: the free park, the Adventure Park, and the golf course. The free park is the main draw for families and visitors wanting to enjoy the views.
Kids Play Areas and Animals at Pré Vert Park at Signal de Bougy
Pré Vert sports several play areas scattered throughout the recreational facilities in the park. Play areas are available for children of all ages from babies to adolescents (and adults too).
A large indoors play area for toddlers is great for visits on rainy days. This play area is in the complex housing the Migros self-service restaurant allowing parents to have a leisurely meal or chat while smaller children can play safely and in the dry.
Picnicking is allowed on the terrace right in front of the restaurants and in several other parts of the park. Barbequing is only allowed in designated areas.
Other play areas range from plastic toys for small children to wooden and metal park play areas and jungle gyms for larger children. More challenging climbing frames and swings are available in a special adolescents play area. A football field, beach volley-ball, and pétanque area are also available for free use.
Pré Vert has several animals in a petting zoo type setup – touching at own risk. These farm animals include pigs, chickens, geese, donkeys, rabbits, and goats.
A formal flower garden is beautiful from spring to autumn while many further nature hikes are available in the region.
The mini-golf course, ping-pong, mini boats, motorcycles, and cars are also charged for.
Opening Hours of Pré Vert Park at Signal de Bougy, Switzerland
The Pré Vert Park at Signal de Bougy, CH-1172 Bougy-Villars tel 021- 821 59 30, is open seven days a week from the end of February to early November. The park is open from 9 am to 10 pm, some facilities from 10 am or on weekends only. The Parc Aventure (open from mid-April to end October) and the Golf Parc du Signel de Bougy have different opening hours and days.
Special events are often held, especially over weekends and national vacation days, and are mostly free too. An outdoor amphitheatre is used for plays and musical events. Birthday parties and private events can also be scheduled.
The Pré Vert complex belongs to Migros, which ensures not only free admission and free but also reasonably prices in the restaurant and souvenir shop – cumulus cards accepted. Car parking has a small charge.
The park is very popular with families with toddlers and pre-school children on weekday mornings, when parking is very easy and most facilities uncrowded. On sunny weekends, arrive early to ensure parking, as it can get very busy especially on days when special events are staged.
Transportation to Pré Vert Park at Signal de Bougy, Lake Geneva Region
From the Autoroute A1, use exit Rolle or Aubonne and follow directions to Gimel and eventually Signal de Bougy. It can also easily be reached on country roads from Nyon, Gland, Allaman, Etoy, and Morges. Two large parking areas are available – small charge.
On weekdays, a car postal bus service is available from Rolle (with good rail connections to Nyon and Lausanne) to Signal de Bougy – the journey is less than 15 minutes. Up to four buses are available per weekday. During weekends, no scheduled bus services are available but the PubliCar Vaud service can be reserved a day in advance.
Hiking is also a pleasant option. The hike down from Signal de Bougy along marked trails should take around an hour to Rolle station and around 90 minutes to Allaman station. The hike to Rolle passes through lovely country side and Mont-sur-Rolle vineyards.