The Best Things To Do in Paris With Kids
Paris is one of the most romantic, elegant and historical cities in the world. With dozens of museums which are free for children, a generous number of open parks and plenty of historical monuments, there are plenty of things to do in Paris with kids.
Whether you want to climb the Eiffel Tower, eat freshly-made crepes whilst relaxing in Jardin du Luxembourg or browse the world-famous shops and boutiques, there are so many fun things to do in Paris with your kids that you’re only wish will be that you booked an extra week!
In this article I’ll give you the full lowdown on the best things to do in Paris with children, so you can be sure you and your family will have an unforgettable experience.
I’ve included recommendations and tips from other families who have visited Paris with kids before and an important list of do’s and don’ts to help you on your way, because we all know that travelling with kids isn’t always easy 😉
So, let’s get to it, here are the top things to do in Paris With Kids:
Jardin de Luxembourg (Luxembourg gardens)
Located in the heart of the City, but away from the hustle and bustle is the Jardin de Luxembourg.
Created in 1612 by Queen Marie de Medici and once only accessible by Royalty, these beautifully kept, serene gardens are a tranquil haven where you can slow down, relax and enjoy the blissful surroundings.
With so much space for little ones to run around, including a kid’s playground, a forest, the Medici fountain, orchards and a total of 25 hectares of land you can spend a full day here lounging around with a view of the stately home or enjoying the different activities on offer.
Don’t forget to take a picnic!
Entry is Free
Vary between 7.30am and 8.15pm depending on the season.
Closing times vary between 4.30pm and 9.30pm.
Notre-Dame De Paris (Our Lady of Paris)
The Notre-Dame cathedral with its magnificent gothic architecture was built in the 12th century. Located in the centre of Paris, there is usually a queue to enter this historic building but thankfully the queues move quickly.
Go inside to soak up its enchanting beauty, with huge, colourful stained-glass windows and ornately carved statues that will leave you in awe.
Even when the Notre Dame is busy, there is a calm and peaceful atmosphere inside and, if a service is taking place, you can sit and listen to the worshippers almost feeling like you’ve been transported back to a previous century.
You can walk up to the top of the tower to see the tower bell, gargoyle statues and a view of Paris for miles around. There are around 400 steps to get to the top so not recommended for smaller children but worth a visit if you can.
Tickets to the top of the tower can be bought from the kiosk on the day but, as the kiosk queues are usually very long, it’s best to get them online, prior to your arrival, via an app called Duck the Line.
Entry to the cathedral is free (donations welcome)
Entry to the Bell Tower from 8.50 euros per adult
From 8am to 6.45pm daily
Try to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Seine River Cruise
Hop aboard one of Paris’ many boats for a tour of the river Seine. Enjoy Paris from the water on Batobus river boat where you can buy a ticket for its hop on, hop off service, stopping at the following 8 destinations: Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel-de-ville, Louvre and Champs-Élysées.
Alternatively, enjoy the city lights of Paris by night with a sunset cruise on the River Seine.
Batobus service 24hr ticket 17 euros (adult)
8 euros (child 3-5)
FREE (child under 3)
Sunset river cruise: From £58 including a 3 course meal
Musée d’Orsay (The Orsay Museum)
Located on the South bank of the river Seine. The Orsay museum showcases famous art from the likes of Monet, Picasso and Renoir and photography and furniture from the 17th and 18th century.
Amongst the most popular works of art here are Paul Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges, Claude Monet’s Blue Water Lillies, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Montmartre and Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass.
9.30am to 6pm or 9.30am to 9.45pm on Thursdays
Closed on Mondays
Full rate: € 14
Young persons and members: free
Click here to book your tickets online.
Musée du Louvre (The Louvre Museum)
Home to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre Museum is located within the Louvre Palace and is the largest art museum in the world.
As expected, the crowds of tourists here queuing up can be huge, but for an extra fee you can purchase a tour guide and ‘skip the line’ tickets to enter, although there is usually still around 30 minutes wait to get through security.
The wait is well worth it though when you experience the magnificent works of art inside.
Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-9.45pm
Adults from 15euros
Children under 16 FREE
-Ask your kids to use the bathroom in the museum before you leave as the ones in the mall outside the museum will charge you.
-Entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of each month.
-Be prepared to spend a full day here as there is so much to see.
-Make use of the many benches around the place to give little legs a rest.
Paris Bike Tour
If your kids enjoy bike riding then why not take a family bike tour to see the beautiful landmarks of Paris?
Guaranteed fun for all the family, you will spend around 4 hours cycling through Paris at a leisurely pace. Child seats available for younger kids.
Departure time 10.30am or 3.30pm
The Shakespeare and Company Bookshop
This gem of a bookstore is situated across from the Notre-Dame and is filled with books and Parisian literary history covering several floors.
Reading the notes and poetry, which line the walls, from people all over the world is quite magical.
Cité des enfants (Museum of Science and Industry)
This interactive science museum will entertain and stimulate the kids with the different displays and activities on offer.
With exhibitions in both English and French, your ticket gives you an allocated time slot of 90 minutes.
The submarine must not be missed- a big hit with children and adults alike.
Adults 12 euros
Kids 9 euros
Tip: Be sure to visit the free childrens playground in the Parc de Villette nearby so your children can have fun on the dragon slide!
Ready to visit Paris with your kids?
Check out my list of the best family friendly hotels in Paris or discover the 5 Paris playgrounds that every parent should know about.
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