Thinking of taking your kids on a vacation trip to Paris? It could be difficult to understand what there is to do. Here are 10 things to do when you plan vacations to Paris with kids.
1) Take a stroll along the Seine
With a majority of famous monuments of Paris located in close proximity to the river, the Seine is a magnificent area to take a stroll with kids. You can see the la Tour Eiffel, le Musée d’Orsay, Place de la Concorde, le Louvre, le Pont Neuf, l’Hôtel de Ville, Notre-Dame and La Sainte Chapelle. If you find yourselves walking along the Seine, near the Musée d’Orsay, the Invalides, and Place de la Concorde, you will find an area by the Seine called les Berges. Les Berges offer a numerous amount of outdoor play structures, outdoor games, and rest areas for kids.
As the most visited theme park in all of France, Disneyland Paris is an adventure to bring kids to. Disneyland Paris is composed of two parks: Disneyland Park et Walt Disney Studios Park. Allow for at least one day at Disneyland Paris because both parks are filled with restaurants, charming experiences, and rides including Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.
3) River cruise© La Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches®
Another way you can explore Paris with kids is by riding on a river cruise. This outdoor tour boat is a wonderful way to relax for an afternoon, and not miss out on one of the must-see sites. Some companies also offer cruise lunches and dinners for an additional cost. Keep in mind that there are also discounted prices for kids.
Paris, being a historical city, there are several museums to visit! In addition to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou has interactive exhibitions for kids. The Musée de la Poupée is enchanting for little girls and Grévin is a wax museum where kids can take pictures with famous wax figures like Barack Obama, Brigitte Bardot and the queen.
5) Les Invalides
Les Invalides houses the biggest collection of the nation on the history of the French army and the remains of Napoleon housed in an extravagant tomb. This is the ideal place for kids who are a little older (teenagers) interested in weapons of war and history.
6) Champs Elysées
For an ideal shopping session, or for a stroll on a beautiful Parisian day, go towards avenue des Champs Elysée. At the Champs Elysée there are stores that everyone loves. From high-end luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Chanel, to less expensive options like Banana Republic, Marks and Spencer, and Levi, there is a store for everyone to shop at!
All parents know that kids can be difficult at times, especially when they are hungry! No need to stress. Paris has very accommodating restaurants pour kids. Here are some of our recommendations: Angelina, La Boule Rouge, Le Grande Café, and Pizza Pino.
8) Luxembourg Gardens
There’s no better place to let out a little energy than the Luxembourg Gardens. Initially commissioned by Marie de Medici, this park holds more than 2000 trees, 100 statues, monuments, and fountains. It is the setting of various pieces of famous literature including the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. The Luxembourg Gardens is a fantastic spot to bring the family for a picnic and after, to rent mini wooden boats for boat races in one of the fountains.
9) The Vincennes Zoo
In Paris, there are several zoos and aquariums to visit, but the most popular, the Vincennes Zoo, is a success for kids. There are five principal natural environments (bio zones) that make up the zoo. The Vincennes Zoo allows you to have breakfast with giraffes, special encounters with animals in the animal park, and provides guided tours.
The majestic Palace of Versailles is a place where you shouldn’t miss seeing when planning your tips to Paris with kids. Located on the outskirts of the city if Paris, Versailles is the most exquisite palace of all of France. After having gone through the palace, make your way to the gardens to see the fountains. If you’re lucky, you might see the water show! You can bring a picnic here, stay in the gardens, make your way to the little pond, or take a little train to discover the Grand Trion and the house of Marie-Antoinette. Be sure to give yourself a lot of time for Versailles, as there is a lot to do and see.
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