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20 Fun & Best Things to do in Paris with Kids

20 Fun & Best Things to do in Paris with Kids

Paris is the capital of France and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s also an important cultural center, home to many museums, theaters, restaurants, and other things to do with kids. But it’s not all about things like the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral; there are some lesser-known things that kids will love too.

There’s a whole world of opportunities for exploration, adventure, and learning at your fingertips when you visit Paris with the kids!

From zoos to parks, there are plenty of places that will keep your children entertained without you having to rush off your feet.

Here’s our list of 19 best things to do in Paris with kids:

Best & Fun Things to do in Paris With Kids

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1. Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)

Tame Impala Album Cover Art at Luxembourg Gardens in Paris

The huge Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) cover 56.8 acres in the city of Paris.

It’s famous for its tennis courts, lawns, flowerbeds, statues of mythical gods, and French royalty, and tree-lined promenades. There are also model sailboats that are found on the octagonal Grand Bassin at the gardens.

The gardens were constructed in 1612 by Marie de Medici, and today they breathe green life into the city, offering a break from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

The Gardens of Luxembourg open at 7:30 am and close at 8:15 pm, depending on the season.

From 10 am, there is an awesome children’s playground available.

There’s also a puppet theater open from 2 pm Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the school holidays, (except during summer break).

Though you don’t get charged to enter the gardens, you will have to pay to access the kid’s area.

Activities include pony rides and playing on swings. There are also guided tours by a park garden that is available on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

There are some pretty fabulous restaurants (notably Tomara, Pavillon de la Fontaine Paris, Buvette des Marionnettes) close to the gardens where you can treat your kids to some delicious French cuisine.

The nearest bus stop is the Luxembourg RER, and the nearest Paris metro stops are at Notre-Dame des Champs (line 12) or the Odeon (lines 4 & 10).

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2. Grévin Museum

The Grévin Museum is a wax museum that was established by Arthur Meyer in 1882 situated on the Seine’s right bank in the 9th arrondissement of the Grands Boulevards, making it a great stop on a Paris tour during your family trip.

It was named after its 1st artistic director Alfred Grévin and it is among the first wax museums built in Europe.

It has a baroque design that comes with a hall of mirrors which was made in 1900 and initially housed at the Paris Palace of Mirrors.

The hall of mirrors was recently renovated both in its design and appearances by Krylse Lip, a young American designer.

There are over 450 wax exhibits, organized in a way that tells a story of what their real-life counterparts were doing and who they were back in their respective heydeys.

There are also exhibitions here that portray the growth of the French technical evolution starting from the 19th century through the 20th century up to today.

There are also portrayals of the bloody French Revolution and the campaigns and wars waged by leaders from Charlemagne to Napoleon.

New waxworks are added all the time, giving this fantastic museum a great re-visit value. It’s a great place for kids to learn history and even take photos with some of history’s greatest French heroes and villains from history.

There is an admission at the Grévin Museum and right now, refunds are only available for those who test Covid-19 positive. Any visitors over the age of 18 years are required to have a recognized health pass.

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3. Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur Paris France

The construction of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica started in 1875 and finished in 1914, but would not see use until its consecration in 1919.

It represents both a cultural and political monument representing France’s penance after losing the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

Sacre-Coeur was designed by architect Paul Abadie who defeated other 77 architects in the competition for the contract to design the Sacré-Cœur catholic church.

At 725 feet (298.5 ft for the towers and 426.5 ft for the Montmartre hill that the church is built on,) it’s second only to the Eiffel Tower in height – and probably tied for second in terms of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks.

Sacre-Coeur is adorned with 4 instantly recognizable domes and has a form of a Greek-style crucifix.

Its design was inspired by the Byzantine and Romanesque architectures, and the Saint-Front de Périgueux cathedral.

The white stone used to build the church has a very unique quality in that it is capable of cleaning itself.

When rain falls on the stone, it creates a chemical reaction, causing the stone to produce calcite. This substance cleans the stones leaving the building looking cleaner every time it rains.

This is a great place to visit with kids just to see their jaws drop at the sight of this gleaming white monster. The Sacré-Cœur church is free to visit though you won’t be allowed to enter the chapels.

To get to Sacre-Coeur, you take the Paris metro including the line 2 metro, and alight at Anvers and then walk the rest of the way, you could also take a bus if you don’t feel like walking (buses 30,31,80, and 85).

During a family trip, the journey may be a little tour to get to Montmarte. If you need some support consider one of the many Paris tours that make stops at the top of the hill.

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4. Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Remember when I was talking about the other second most recognizable landmark in Paris after the Eiffel Tower?

Say bonjour to the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris!

The Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) was designed by the French architect Jean Chalgrin and was built between 1806 and 1836 in Paris, France.

A truly spectacular destination to see and a global landmark.

Emperor Napoleon I, commissioned the monument, which was inspired by Neoclassical ancient Roman architecture. Unfortunately for the Little Corporal, he would not live to see its completion.

It was built as a monument for honoring the memory of the lives lost during the Napoleonic wars and the French Revolution.

It later became the site for the French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – the body of a French soldier, killed during World War I, honoring those claimed by war who were never seen nor heard from again, as well as those whose bodies could not be identified.

The Arc de Triomphe is positioned at a central point where it’s surrounded by thoroughfares, monuments, and many buildings.

It stretches from Louvre Museum to the Grande Arche de la Defense. If you want to tour this famous landmark up close, there is a fee of 13 euros for admission but for kids under 18 years and students with a visa, it is free.

Like many museums and attractions in France, unemployed, disabled peoples and their carers and 18-25 years European and permanent residents living outside the EU also get in free.

Activities at the Arc de Triomphe are very child-friendly. There is an elevator that parents with small kids can use to get to the Attic Room.

Here you will find a gift shop where you can grab some souvenirs as you enjoy the videos and display of the arch.

There’s also a place where you can park your stroller and go the rest of the way with the baby carrier if you are traveling with a toddler.

When you are visiting Paris and the Louvre, you need to make sure you take a stroll through Jardin des Tuileries.

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5. Paris Zoological Park

Park in Paris, France

President Albert Lebrun inaugurated the Paris Zoological Park on June 2nd, 1934. The very next day, its doors were opened to the public.

It’s the largest zoo in Paris stretching across 36 acres, and divided into 5 biozones; Patagonia, Europe, Amazon-Guyana, Madagascar, and Sahel-Sudan.

The zoo has over 2,000 animals from 180 species residing there, including jaguars, penguins, manatees, and zebras.

The park is one highlight of the city and should be on your itinerary when you are touring the city. The Paris Zoological Park is one of the most child-friendly places in all of Paris. There are activities for kids of all ages. For wee ones aged 5 years and below, they can enjoy the Animo-Mimes and the hair or scales game.

Children aged 6 –12 years can participate in one of 4 teams solving Park Puzzles, and the Crime Scene at the Zoo, using clues to find the identity of a naughty animal that has eaten park supplies!

Older children get to learn all about biodiversity in the game The A-Z of Biodiversity – it’s surprisingly engaging.

For when you or your kids get hungry, there are picnic areas, 2 on-site restaurants, and fast food stalls. When the day is done head over to the souvenir shop for some spoils.

For visitors living with disabilities, the park is designed to provide ease of access throughout. There are also rental wheelchairs for those who might need them on-site.

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6. Wood of Vincennes

The 2359.3-acre woods are the 2nd largest in Paris after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located on the 12th arrondissement edge, east of Paris.

For nature lovers, it’s a wonderful location to explore with your family on foot, by bicycle, or by boat on the lakes.

There are many points of interest scattered across the wood of Vincennes. Its most notable monument is the Chateau de Vincennes, a towering example of medieval military architecture which is open daily.

The castle was built in 1336 by King Philip VI, and work would continue under several rulers until it was finished; Jean II (1319-1364) and Charles V (1338-1380).

The Chateau is a former hunting lodge that was used as a royal residence before being changed into a state prison. It not only offers great views of Paris, but it’s also a great source of information on the history of the city of Paris.

The Wood of Vincennes offers a lot of suitable and fun activities for kids such as pony rides, boat hire, and cycling. You can tour Lake Daumesnil which has 2 islands (Bercy and Reuilly) which are connected by a bridge.

To get to the wood you can easily find the entrance to the park which is marked by the unmissable Golden Gate. The nearest metro station is also known as the Golden Gate and is not far from the actual gate.

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7. Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes in Paris, France

The Jardin des Plantes was created by Dr. Guy de la Brosse and Dr. Jean Heroard in the 17th century as a medicinal garden for royalty.

It is home to the oldest zoo in Paris, the Natural History Museum, and the Paris Botanical School.

In the 18th century, the garden was converted into a museum and research center. it’s on a 75-acre piece of land and is at the high point of the 5th Arrondissement.

It has grounds for jogging, relaxing, and exploring with your kids, make sure it’s part of your itinerary when you visit the city!

The Alpine Garden has over 3000 species of plants from all over the world. The rose garden has hundreds of rose trees and bushes. There is an Australian greenhouse and a Mexican greenhouse, they are all parts of the History Museum.

Go and find the monument that was erected to honor the director of Gobelins dye factory, Michel Eugene Chervel, the scientist whose work on the color spectrum led to the rise of impressionist art, and he also invented margarine!

Admission into Jardin des Plantes will cost you a fee of 6 euros for adult and 4 euros all for others. You can get to Jardin des Plantes via subway (line 7, 10min), taxi (3 min), bus (line 67, 10 min) or on foot (25 min) from the city center.

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8. Jardin d’Acclimatation

The Jardin d’Acclimatation was opened by Empress Eugenie and Napoleon III on the 6th of October 1860.

It is a 47-acre amusement park located at Bois de Boulogne in Paris and was originally called the Jardin Zoologique d’Acclimatation.

Here’s a great place for kids to go wild or for the family to kick back and chill. The park is home to lush greenery and offers perfect spots for picnics, there are also relaxing lounge areas and a couple of restaurants where you can take a break.

The Park has a lot of activities that you and your kids can participate in such as the flying chairs ride, a small animal petting zoo, play mini-golf, and the nearby children’s museum where they can play antique games.

Entry to the park will only cost you €5.20 for adults and kids over the age of 3 years. You will need a ticket for every attraction you want to visit. However, you could opt for the day pass at €35 per head and let your young ones knock themselves out with rides.

The Park is easily accessible from the city center via the Les Sablons metro station (line 1). From the station, you only have to walk a short distance to get to the park.

There’s a narrow-gauge train that is used for transporting guests into the park from the entrance, perfect for getting young kids in the mood. All aboard!

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9. Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero

The 10,000 square meter Place du Trocadero was a garden made for the World’s Fair hosted in Paris in 1937. It’s located opposite another World’s Fair creation; the Eiffel Tower, across the Seine, in Paris.

The garden is covered by immaculate lawns and trees and offers a magnificent view of the “Iron Lady”.

Remember to bring your camera or even your phone for a selfie with the Eiffel Tower in the background. This park is the spot where most of the pictures for Eiffel Tower postcards are taken from!

The Warsaw Fountain has 20 water cannons that offer a spectacular water display to visitors. This display is especially cool at night and during summer evenings.

Next, you should take your kids to the nearby Paris Aquarium where they can enjoy watching the 15,000 water creatures from over 500 species swim and frolic.

The lessons imparted here will help your kids better understand sea life and the part they can play in their protection.

Other attractions at the Place du Trocadero include the sculptures such as L’homme and La Femme and the gilded bronze animals.

Entrance at the park is free and you can visit at any time of the day all year round.

You can easily get there by use of the metro (lines 6 & 9), and if you are at Eiffel Tower, you can just get the ferry and cross the river.

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10. Champ de Mars

Champ de Mars, Paris

The Champ de Mars is the sight of the Champ de Mars massacre of republican protesters on 17th of July 1791, during the French Revolution. In the years 1867, 1878, and 1889 it was exhibited at the Universal Exposition.

Originally, the park was a fruit and vegetable farm before a military school was erected nearby. This was fitting since the site was once an ancient Roman Army drilling ground known as Campus Martius. It is from “Martius” that the Champ de Mars gets its name.

It is now utilized for leisure, military parades, parties, and cultural events throughout the year. Huge live music performances are held here in the summer months.

The Champ de Mars is a great place for kids to hang out and have fun and a great place to take a breath after a hard day of exploring Paris.

There are nicely trimmed pavements where you can push your stroller as you enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower. There is a puppet theater young kids will love, a basketball court, 4 different playgrounds dotted around the park, and an antique hand-cranked carousel.

If you are coming from the Eiffel tower, it’s only a 4-minute walk away, when coming from the city center it will take you about 17 minutes by car.

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11. Metiers Art Museum

Metiers Art Museum

The building where the Métiers Art Museum is housed was once a monastery. This museum is a great destination to enjoy and idle whilst taking in wonderful works of art.

This Art Museum was founded by Abbot Henri during the technological revolutionary period in 1794 – hence the museum isn’t just an art gallery as the name might suggest, but home to tons of exhibits based on science and technology. Its doors were first opened to the public in 1802.

It’s one of the oldest art museums in all Europe, as well as containing over 80,000 objects (2,500 of which are on display) and 15,000 drawings.

The museum’s galleries are divided into seven major schools: Scientific Instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication, and Transportation.

It is a great choice for a family that has an interest in the history of engineering, science, invention, and technological development.

It is set away from all that traffic in the more touristy bits of Paris making it a great place to visit with your kids, with a little less stress involved.

Start your trip at the Arts and Métiers Metro Station, located underground. It’s decorated with tubes of copper and huge gears which sets the mood for the rest of the tour.

Among many technological marvels is the first plane to fly across the English Channel, the Blériot XI. You can also get a look at the Statue of Liberty’s original designs.

Then there’s the marvelous Foucault Pendulum, which was formerly attached to St-Martin de Champs’ priory church, a huge device from the 19th Century that demonstrated Earth’s rotation.

After your family has burned all their energy learning and exploring, take them to the Chez L’Ami’Louis and enjoy some delicious dishes and divine cakes!

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12. Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum - Paris, France

In 1546 the Louvre was initially built on the former grounds of a 12th Century fortress as the residence of King Francis I, a great collector of art. Centuries later the majority of his collection would be turned into a museum, first opened to the public in 1793.

The newest addition to the structure is the beautiful, unmistakable glass pyramid. Construction was finished in 1989, and it now serves as the entrance to the museum.

Apart from Francis’ hoard, most of the exhibits post-French Revolution were from the royals or confiscated from the church. There are also works that the French Army looted from regions they’d conquered during the Napoleonic Wars.

This is the second largest museum in the world, and it’s divided into 3 sections; Richelieu, Sully, and Denon wings.

This monster museum has over 35,000 pieces of art in its collection. The 3 wings are each divided into over 70 rooms where art objects and paintings are showcased. You’ll also see beautiful sculptures on display in the museum’s huge halls.

One of the oldest artworks at the museum is the Ain Ghazal, found in Amman, Jordan, and is suspected to be around 9,000 years old.

Easily the most famous exhibits include Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Les Noces de Cana by Paolo Veronese, and the Venus de Milo statue among many, many more. After all, it is the second-largest museum on Earth.

This is a great day out for kids and families looking to see some of the most famous artworks ever created.

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13. The Pavillons of Bercy – Museum of Fairground Arts

The Pavillons of Bercy – Museum of Fairgrounds Art is housed in old wine cellars built by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel from the Paris’ Bercy era. It covers just over 3.7 acres.

The museum is divided into 4 main sections: the Theatre of Marvels (Theatre du Merveilleux), Vegetal outdoor area (Theater de Verdure), Venetian Rooms (Salons Venitiens), and of course, the Museum of Fairground Arts (Musee des Arts Forains).

This is a private museum and while it is open all year round, you need to book in advance for a visit. Trust me, its worth every penny.

The guides provide captivating tours that will take you out of time, have you witness a show by an old automaton, and even ride a vintage carousel.

All the spaces at the museum are open for rental in case you want to hold a private event there.

Entrance charges for individuals are adults (€16), children under the age of 12 years (€8) and kids under 4 years of age get in free!

Most tours are in French but English speakers get an English leaflet explaining the exhibits. If you book a visit during the summer, English language tours are offered.

The museum is only a short 4-min walk from the Cour Saint-Emilion station and a 9-min walk if you are coming from the Dugommier Metro station.

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14. Palais de la Découverte

The Palais de la Découverte is the oldest hands-on museum of science in France and was built in 1937. It is located at Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France on the Grand Palais’ western wing.

It was created by Nobel laureate of science Jean Baptiste Perrin with additional designs from architect Albert-Felix-Theophile Thomas.

It was made for the Exposition Universelle in 1937 but its success led it to be made a permanent exhibit right where it had been made, much like a few other “temporary” installations in the city.

There are several activities and exhibits that you and your family will definitely enjoy at the Palais de la Découverte which includes the circular Pi room featuring all the 707 digits of π.

Other sections include fascinating exhibits on geology, physics, biology, and astronomy.

Visit the Zeis Planetarium next to the Seine riverbanks. Also built for the International Exhibitions Competition in 1937 (yes, Paris does seem to get a lot of mileage out of these contests), it was disassembled after the show ended.

However, it was able to make a comeback in 1951. It’s easily distinguishable from its beautiful 15-meter dome.

The museum is open every day of the week except on Mondays and there’s an entrance fee. You can easily get to the museum from the Franklin D. Roosevelt station, only a 4-min walk away. If you are coming from Champ-Elysees Clemenceau metro station it will only take you 3 minutes to walk there.

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15. Parc Floral de Paris

The Parc Floral de Paris was opened at Rte de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris in 1969 and it’s a favorite among nature and plant lovers.

This stunning botanical garden and public park extends over 69 acres, featuring numerous ponds with lotuses and water lilies, a Japanese bonsai pavilion, an azalea garden, and a museum

Your kids will enjoy the educational games offered at the museum, as well as several playgrounds available for them to burn some energy. There are jungle gyms, slides, and sandboxes for your young ones to enjoy.

For older kids there are activities such as table tennis, mini-golf, and ropes courses, you’ll have to pay extra for these. Most of the outdoor activities are available during the warmer months.

Summer really is the best time to visit, as there are also free open-air concerts that are held here during the summer.

The park opens at 9:30 am every day of the week and closing hours depend on the season. The park has been updated with disabled people in mind, who get priority admission and can find wheelchairs to rent if necessary.

Entry to the park will only set you back €2.50 for full price, and €1.50 for the reduced prices.

The city of Paris also offers free guided tours on request. For your visiting tickets, you can easily grab them online.

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16. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

The world-famous Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) was built in 1163 and took more than two decades to complete.

It is one of the best places to tour and enjoy a special day in Paris, mainly distinguished for its size, architecture, and antiquity. Contrary to popular belief, it has the most number of visitors of any attraction in the whole of France, with an estimated 12 million visitors annually.

It is the eternal resting place of many significant French figures, such as presidents, as well as having seen coronations, desecrations, liberations, and its fair share of damage over the years

Notre Dame was badly damaged during the French Revolution. It remained like that till the 19th century, when architect Viollet-le-Duc restored it to its former glory. The grand old cathedral would be largely ruined by a devastating fire in 2019 that burned for 15 hours. As a result, the grand old lady isn’t quite her usual self as of writing.

Thanks to the French National Assembly, Notre Dame is being restored to her pre-fire appearance, with estimates that the work will be complete by 2024.

Most families are attracted to the church for its Gothique architecture, the towers, steeple, rose windows and stained glass, and the gargoyles on guard.

To get some great panoramic views of the city, you’ll have to climb the towers. You can discover the hidden Notre-Dame treasury where valuable relics and holy objects important to French Catholics are stored. You’ll have to pay a small access fee to see the treasury.

The church opens its doors at 9:30 am and closes them at 6:00 pm from Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, it’s open from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Parking is also accessible if you choose to drive yourself to Notre Dame. However, taking the bus there is more convenient.

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17. Ménagerie, le zoo du Jardin des Plantes

The original purpose of the Jardin des Plantes, or Botanical Garden Zoo, was to exhibit wild animals from all around the world. The first animal at the zoo had been a lion, who escaped and was subsequently shot.

Due to the small size of the zoo (a paltry 13.5 acres), it primarily specializes in taking care of small animals. This wasn’t always the case as in the 19th century, this zoo was home to Zarafa the giraffe.

It’s a great place for families to visit and get to enjoy view some endangered species such as red pandas, Arabian oryx, snow leopards, white-naped cranes, orangutans, and Aldabra giant tortoises among several others.

You can learn all about the breeding programs that the Ménagerie conducts to try and bolster populations of endangered species.

The idea is to reintroduce the animals back into their natural habitats once they are fully grown and are strong enough to survive.

Admission to the Ménagerie, le zoo du Jardin des Plantes costs 6 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for children under the age of three.

It will take you about 7 minutes to get there from Bd Saint-Germain station.

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18. La Villette

Covering an area of 137 acres, the La Villette is the 3rd largest park in Paris. It is located in the 19th arrondissement on the northeastern edge of Paris.

The Uspenski Cathedral was constructed in 1987, and much of it is an open-air blend of modern architecture and natural settings. There are activity areas and playgrounds for kids as well as theaters and cultural spaces.

It’s a great place to enjoy yourself and relax, but you should be careful not to walk alone when it gets late, especially for women and young girls; it does have a bit of a reputation.

The La Villette Passenger Gardens are a set of educational and environmental gardens that are used to teach ecological development and raise environmental awareness.

It features an extensive vegetable garden as well as various rare and ancient trees.

The Passengers’ Gardens open its doors to all, including those with physical disabilities on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

This is a fantastic place for both children and adults with mental issues, such as those who have autism.

Naturally, anyone in need of assistance has the right to be cared for. It’s best to book your reservations ahead of time so that the staff can ensure that you and your group have an enjoyable experience.

To get to the park, you will need to alight at either the Porte de Pantin metro station (line 5) or the Corentin Cariou (line 7). It is open from 6:00 am to 1:00 am and is accessible by bus, metro, bicycle, boat, and foot.

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19. Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at Night

You thought I’d forgotten it! Go on, admit it!

No list of things to do in Paris with kids would be complete without the Eiffel Tower and the Place de la Concorde, you know, the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of France.

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1887 at Champ de Mars as an entrance point to the 1889 World Fair. It was designed by the one and only Gustave Eiffel already a famous French engineer, whose business focused on metal constructions.

At 324 meters, it’s the tallest structure in Paris and the second tallest structure in France.

The tower is made of iron and it’s the tallest tourist attraction in Paris. The metal underwent a process called puddling to get the purest iron possible by eliminating all excess carbon.

The tower gets a new coat of paint every 7 years to keep corrosion at bay and sees about 7 million visitors annually.

This wonder of the world has 3 floors, with restaurants on the first and second floors and an observation deck on the third – that said you’ll get plenty of great views from the first and second floor if you stop for a bite.

Perhaps most amazingly of all, this incredible landmark that may be one of the most famous (if not THE most famous) man-made landmark on Earth was meant to be a temporary structure.

Yup.

Gustave planned the ease at which his company could construct and deconstruct such an enormous, intricate, tower using paddled iron. Understandably, every soul who gazed upon it was blown away by what was the tallest standing structure in the world, so it stayed.

It instantly became a source of contesting opinions, some lauding it as the French answer to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and others like famous author Guy de Maupassant, who hated it so much he regularly took lunch in the tower’s restaurant so he wouldn’t have to look at it!

This is a must attraction to visit when you travel to Paris. Period.

Alone or with family or friends, if this is your first time in Paris; VISIT. THE. EIFFEL. TOWER…and be prepared to cry – it’s a thing.

It offers an unrivaled view for a photoshoot session, just maybe try to avoid taking photos at night.

Why? Copyright!, No seriously.

In 1990, a court ruled that the tower’s annual illumination display, which was erected in 1989 to commemorate the tower’s 100th anniversary, was an “original visual creation” protected by copyright, which lasts for 70 years in France.

The lights are still on and technically depict a new creative work from the tower.

Honestly, this law doesn’t seem to be enforced, and I’m not saying you should do it, but naughtier folks would be wise not to do it in front of the Gendarmes, k?

Wait, which stock image did I use for this article…?

Anyway, this place is great for kids, who like the original guests of the 1889 Worlds Fair will be completely gobsmacked on seeing it for the first time.

There is a tour for kids where they get to learn all sorts of bizarre facts about the Eiffel Tower, anecdotes, and surprising exploits.

They also get to work on creating their own 3D models of the tower, those that love drawing can do that if they so wish.

The charges for accessing the Eiffel Tower vary based on age and the floor of the tower you want to visit and how you want to access it (stairs or lift).

Fun fact: Gustave included a secret apartment at the top of the tower where he used to entertain famous guests. Guess he had zero intention of it being a temporary structure after all!

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20. Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, an eastern suburb of Paris, France. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in all of Europe.

Currently, there are twelve different themes represented in five themed areas: Adventureland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Main Street USA.

The best time to visit Disneyland Paris is during the off-season. The park is less crowded and you can enjoy the rides and attractions without having to wait in line for hours.

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Final Thoughts: Fun Things to See and Do with Kids in Paris

It’s best to plan a Paris family vacation before they get too old and lose the sense of wonder. Because that’s what The City of Lights does for young kids – fills them with wonder.

There are a lot of things you can do in Paris whether it be visiting museums, landmarks, or zoos. There are tons of things to do indoors and outdoors, so whatever kind of day you’ve planned out, there will always be something to keep little ones amused!

We hope that this post was useful for parents who are contemplating visiting Paris with their kids.

We know how frightening it may appear at first, but vacations are for making memories, and making memories with your kids should be one of your chief goals in life.

And remember: once you’ve arrived in Paris, you’ll never want to go back home!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here are some great things to do in Paris with kids, including French history, fun family activities, and French culture:

– Visit the Concorde Lafayette Square
– Visit the Joan of Arc monument in front of Notre Dame Cathedral
– See the cathedral and museum at Saint Germain des Pres
– See Notre Dame Basilica where scenes from “Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade” were filmed.

Which are the best museums for kids in Paris?

The best museums for kids in Paris are the Musée d’Orsay, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Jardin du Trocadéro and Palais de la Découverte.

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