Things to do in Paris with Kids at Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Paris is a city built for families. Whether your kids are interested in nature, science, art, animals, history or music, there’s something to entertain all personalities in this dynamic capital. From fascinating museums with child-friendly exhibits to beautiful parks filled with interactive attractions, follow this two-day itinerary to discover the best things to do in Paris when travelling with children.
Start the day with a 15-minute walk or a five-minute drive to L’Aquarium de Paris.
Aquarium de Paris Cinéaqua
Located in the Trocadéro Gardens opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Aquarium de Paris Cinéaqua is one of the best places to take young explorers in central Paris. Its giant tanks are home to a huge array of sea life, such as sharks, rays, jellyfish and over 10,000 fish found in the River Seine and around the world. The aquarium also hosts myriad interactive activities and workshops, a programme of captivating films, and family-friendly shows.
Take a 10-minute walk over Pont d’Iéna to reach the Eiffel Tower.
The most iconic landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is even more impressive when viewed up close. Once the tallest manmade structure in the world, at 324 metres high it towers over the Parisian skyline. Visitors can ascend the wrought iron monument via staircases and glass-walled elevators for incredible views of the capital.
Next, take a five-minute drive or a scenic 35-minute walk along the Seine to Parc André Citroën.
Parc André Citroën
Opened in 1992 (making it one of the newest parks in Paris), Parc André Citroën is beloved for its beautiful views of the Seine, its futuristic landscaping and its family-friendly activities. The most popular attraction is a giant, tethered hot air balloon, which flies 150m into the air, offering unbeatable views of the city. On the ground, there are also a range of games and activities to suit all ages.
From Parc André Citroën it’s a 15-minute drive to Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
While Fondation Louis Vuitton may be widely known for its design, installation and sculpture exhibitions, in reality the gallery is decidedly family focused. It offers a variety of short storytelling tours, punctuated with fun games and workshops, where youngsters can try their hand at arts and crafts while parents explore the unique rotating collection of eclectic artwork by modern and contemporary talents.
The final destination of the day can be reached by car in 15 minutes.
Palais de la Découverte
A science museum based in the majestic Grand Palais, Palais de la Découverte is a place for lovers of physics, astronomy, mathematics and architecture. Myriad interactive exhibits and live experiments engage and inspire both children and adults, and the fascinating planetarium is a particular highlight.
To get back to the hotel, it’s a 10-minute walk or a five-minute drive.
Begin the day with a visit to the Louvre, 10 minutes away from Hôtel Plaza Athénée by taxi.
Musée du Louvre
Place de la Concorde is the largest public square in Paris – positioned between Grand Palais and Jardin des Tuileries – and is famous for the giant 3,300-year-old Egyptian Luxor Obelisk that stands at the centre of the plaza. From November to May each year, this square is also home to the world’s largest moving Ferris wheel; from the top, families can enjoy stunning views of Parisian sights such as the Champs-Élysées and the Louvre.
Next, take a 20-minute walk through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries to the Musée du Louvre, or hail a taxi for a 10-minute drive around the park.
Musée des Arts et Métiers
A museum of inventions and technological innovation, the Musée des Arts et Métiers is a chance to walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest thinkers. With over 2,400 objects on display, there’s plenty to see and learn about, especially if you opt for a guided door. But for little visitors with a particular yen, you can tailor your trip. The collection is divided up into seven easy-to-explore areas: Scientific instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication and Transport.
Next, hail a taxi for the 15-minute journey to Le Jardin des Plantes.
Le Jardin des Plantes
A beautifully maintained botanical garden in the heart of the city, Le Jardin des Plantes is an idyllic setting for an afternoon stroll with the family. The 28-hectare garden features an enormous rose garden, and several exotic greenhouses where colourful plants and flowers from across the globe are grown. It is also the site of one of the world’s oldest zoos, with over a thousand small and medium-sized creatures including spiders, tortoises and snow leopards.
To reach the next location, it’s a 20-minute drive back over the Seine.
Parc Zoologique de Paris
Located in the largest public park in the city, Bois de Vincennes, the zoo should be at the top of the itinerary for animal lovers. Visit to see over 2,000 animals from all over the globe, from giraffes and lions to jaguars, monkeys, penguins, and many more. There are also family tours available as well as educational presentations and feeding sessions, which visitors can watch.
Stop off at Cité de la Musique on the way back to the hotel, just a 10-minute drive from the park.
Cité de la Musique
If your children love music, finish the tour with a crescendo at Cité de la Musique, Paris Philharmonic. The musical institution houses concert halls, rehearsal rooms and museum exhibition spaces showcasing thousands of treasured instruments. Numerous fun and educational activities are also available for aspiring musicians of all ages.
The itinerary ends with a 30-minute drive back to the hotel.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.