Are you planning to visit Paris with your family during your holiday? Choose your hotel and its neighbourhood carefully. This will reduce travel time and headaches on the metro! Plan one activity per day and remember to book your tickets to avoid unpleasant surprises.
The capital is known in France and throughout the world for its monuments and museums. However, sightseeing does not always appeal to young children. To ensure that everyone has a good time, select activities that will appeal to the whole family.
1. Don’t miss the view from the Eiffel Tower
In the heart of Paris, the Iron Lady does not go unnoticed. Every child knows the Eiffel Tower. You can choose to climb the 674 steps with your family or take the lift. On foot, it takes about 20 minutes per floor. We do not recommend it with pushchairs and small children.
2. A bus tour of Paris to discover its monuments
Walking around Paris with children can be complicated. They tire quickly and often end up in their parents’ arms. Fortunately, the tourist buses offer guided tours for the youngest visitors. Storytelling and sweets make the time enjoyable for your family. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the view of the Champs Élysées, the Place de la Concorde or the Ile de la Cité.
3. The Palace of Versailles welcomes the whole family
Even though the Palace of Versailles is a bit far from the city, it is easy to visit with your family. There are many activities for children: game books, storytelling tours, workshops, etc. To explore the gardens, take the little train if the children are tired.
4. The Louvre Museum: the largest museum in France
The visit to the famous Louvre museum is splendid. Nevertheless, the youngest visitors may find the time long. The Louvre has thought of children with themed guided tours, on animals or monsters for example. As for the Petite Galerie, it offers exhibitions specially designed for families.
5. The musée du quai Branly: works of art steeped in history
The Quai Branly Museum attracts many visitors every year. Its collections of works of art and ancient objects trace the history of the five continents. For children, guided tours and treasure hunts are organised by age group.
6. The Grévin Museum: a visit that appeals to the whole family
The Musée Grévin in Paris is an activity that brings together young and old. Children under 5 years of age do not pay the entrance fee and marvel at the life-size Sophie the giraffe. All the worlds that children love are represented. Even teenagers can meet their favourite stars. Don’t forget to book your tickets for Wednesday, as children benefit from a half-price ticket.
7. A cruise on the Seine in the heart of Paris
A boat trip on the Seine is an ideal way to discover Paris from the inside. The family cruisesoffer amusing explanations, stories and quizzes. In addition, the view of the Ile de la Cité and Notre-Dame-de-Paris will delight both young and old.
8. A walk and a picnic in a park with your family
Book a whole day to discover the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement. You can pack a picnic and relax during your lunch break.
Don’t miss the Natural History Museum. The Galerie des Enfants, which has a permanent exhibition for children aged 6 to 12. The capital has many green spaces to stretch your legs. Have fun in the Jardin d’Acclimatation after visiting the Eiffel Tower. Finally, take a look at the Tuileries garden near the Louvre museum.
9. The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie: a place for games and discovery
In the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc de la Villette is one of the most popular places for families. The Cité des enfants is divided into two zones for 2 to 7 year olds and 5 to 12 year olds. It is full of games and experiments to learn more about the world around us while having fun.
Paris has always attracted visitors with their families. Most tourist attractions have specific activities for children. This is good news for the youngest visitors and especially for their parents! It goes without saying that Disneyland Paris could have been included in our list. If you are planning to visit the famous theme park with your family, be patient and plan your trip in advance.