If you ask my kids about Paris, they will give you an affirmative thumbs up. My kids love Paris. I’m sure Paris is one of their favourite European destinations. I agree there is something whimsy, romantic and childlike about Paris that perfectly caters to children thus making it a great city to explore.
Here is our Paris top 5 things to do with kids
1. Climb the Eiffel Tower
Depending on how old your children are, I highly recommend this option as opposed to taking the lift. We were fortunate both children were very excited to climb the hundreds of stairs to the second level. We picked a day and got there early to avoid the heat (and the crowds). We loved climbing to the second level, and whilst it was tempting to buy another ticket and take them all the way to the top, I decided to leave this as this is something they can do when they return to Paris (perhaps as an adult).
2. River cruise
The river cruise through the city captured my children’s attention. This is a great way to see the sights of Paris by pointing out landmarks and changing scenery. Unless your child suffers from motion sickness or has a fear of water or boats, this short and visually stimulating way of taking in the sights is perfect for families.
3. The Louvre
I know this is a highly debatable topic among parents, whether a museum visit counts as child friendly, but I believe it can be – if done the right way. By purchasing tickets online, which sped up our entry, and picking key rooms we wanted to head to, the experience was really enjoyable. These careful planning decisions meant that the time spent in the Louvre was put to good use and it was lovely to watch the kids take their own view about the artwork.
4. Head to the Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter is amazing! With narrow streets, buskers to entertain you, fabulous food – and, of course, great ice cream and crepe places – this is the ultimate family hang-out. No need to really plan anything when you get there, just let the ambiance draw you from street to street.
5. Night walk
My children really adapted to the European way of life in summer. Twilight in Paris seems to last forever, making it easy to completely forget what time it is (perfect really for holiday makers). We were staying one block away from the Eiffel Tower and quickly established a lovely ritual of walking around after dinner which became a great opportunity to take in her beauty from many vantage points. Beware of illegal traders if you choose to sit on the grass area near the Eiffel Tower.
I would love to hear about what you found great at Paris with children!
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