Family day out in Paris
A major cultural capital, Paris offers myriad opportunities for family-friendly holidays. The museums are full of children’s exhibitions, historic parks are modernised with activities for youngsters, and iconic attractions are designed to appeal to the whole family. Follow this one-day itinerary to make the most out of your trip to Paris, and discover the City of Light through the starry eyes of your children.
Jardin des Tuileries
Begin the day with a visit to Jardin des Tuileries.
Open to the people of Paris since the days of the French Revolution, Jardin des Tuileries is one of the oldest public parks in the city. Nestled between the impressive Louvre museum and Place de la Concorde, the riverside garden is a slice of tranquillity in the bustling city, with plenty of space for children to run around.
Musée du Louvre
Stroll through Jardin des Tuileries to the Louvre on the other side.
The Louvre is one of the most famous and distinctive museums in Paris. Instantly recognisable by the pyramid that stands in the courtyard, the complex is an essential stop for art enthusiasts of all ages. For children, there’s a special treasure hunt activity called THATLou (the original offering from the Treasure Hunt at the Museum team), which takes them on a journey through the Louvre, solving clues to uncover artistic treasures.
Next, take a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute drive to Grévin Paris.
A favourite among youngsters since it opened in 1882, Grévin Paris is home to several hundred lifelike waxworks of famous people throughout history, from French leader Napoleon to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Visit the ‘Children’s World’ to discover wax models of characters from books, cartoons and children’s films, and take the interactive Discovery Tour to discover the secrets behind the waxworks.
From Grévin Paris, Montmartre is a 15-minute drive away.
Visitors who make the steep climb to the Sacré-Cœur, the three-domed church at the crest of Montmartre hill, will be rewarded with spectacular vistas of Paris stretched out below. Afterwards, give the family’s feet a rest and catch the miniature train (Le Petit Train de Montmartre) for a guided tour of colourful Montmartre that will keep the kids entertained. The cobbled streets are packed with shops, small galleries and plenty of vibrant bistros for an authentic Parisian dinner.
Take a 20-minute taxi ride to Jardin d’Acclimation.
To complete the day, kids will love the Jardin d’Acclimation, featuring 40 attractions including rollercoasters, a boating lake and a country farm where they’ll have the chance to meet and feed rabbits, goats, donkeys and more.
At the end of your fun-filled day, hail a taxi back to the luxury and comfort of your hotel.
When it comes to shopping, there are plenty of spots in the city to pick up a little treat for the little ones.
Here are a few of our favourites.
26–28 avenue Montaigne,
320 rue Saint Honoré,
Tartine et Chocolat
266 boulevard St-Germain,
Le Bonhomme de Bois
43 boulevard Malesherbes,
29 Passage Jouffroy,
82 rue de Grenelle,
81 rue du Cherche-Midi,
7 rue Nicolo,
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