If you’re travelling with kids, particularly young kids then you’ll know that the museums and other cultural experiences that adults particularly enjoy might not be quite so enjoyable for their smaller travel companions. Of course, whilst many children do enjoy spending time in museums and art galleries, they also need somewhere that they can relax, unwind, and act like kids during their trip without disturbing other travellers. With that in mind, here are the top child-friendly attractions in Paris that all kids are sure to enjoy:
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1. Meet Mickey Mouse in Disneyland Paris
It would be almost impossible to take your children to Paris without spending at least one day at Disneyland Paris during your trip. Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2017, meaning that whether you’ve visited hundreds of times or never visited before, it’s definitely the right time to take a trip. With huge ride enhancement programs now completed in time for the park’s special birthday party, Disneyland Paris now looks better than it has for years. Children of all ages will enjoy riding themed roller coasters, meeting their favourite Disney characters, and watching world-class shows, parades and performances. Admittedly, you won’t find any real Parisian culture here, but as a fun day out for the kids, it really can’t be beaten.
2. Visit the Ile de la Cité Pet Market
Each Sunday the famous Ile de la Cite flower market becomes a lively pet market where children will delight at the huge array of different animals they can see, hear, and get up close and personal with. You’ll find parrots and other birds (including chickens) alongside ferrets, small animals such as gerbils, and a wonderful array of bunnies just waiting to be petted by their eager young friends. Because the Ile de la Cite is so close to Notre Dame, this is a wonderful place to visit in the afternoon for the kids to let off some steam after you’ve enjoyed a more cultural experience in the morning.
The Isle de la Cite is a great place to stay. According to recent statistics from the travel company, Air BnB, Paris is the most popular city in the world for listing and then renting out a private home. However, we would always recommend booking a hotel versus an unoccupied private home, both for your comfort and peace of mind. There is no way of knowing what you will get when you book a private home (unlike a hotel, where you can read a wide range of verified review before you make the decision to place a booking), and you also can’t be sure that the home you choose will have a good level of holiday home insurance coverage or be a safe environment for your children. However, there are hundreds of great hotels around the Ile de la Cite area for you to choose from, at a wide range of prices to suit a wide range of budgets.
3. Head to the Top of the Eiffel Tower
Finally, it may be a cliché, but no trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower. Children will love to take a trip to the very top of the tower and enjoy the incredible views just as much as their parents do, but there is also a host of other, child-specific activities you can enjoy when you visit the Eiffel tower. At the base, you’ll find carousels and small fairground rides suitable for children, as well as ice cream stands offering whipped ice cream in an impressive array of flavours. If this isn’t enough to bring a smile to the face of even the most reluctant of the international traveller, then nothing will!
Paris is a child-friendly city, and children are welcome almost everywhere. This is a great place to bring children for their first international vacation and offers a wonderful array of diverse experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t be afraid to take your time, take plenty of breaks for cold drinks and people watching in friendly cafes whenever you need them, and let your children lead the action. You’ll be amazed by the wonderfully different side of the city you will see when you look at it through your child’s eyes.