Sure, Paris might have a reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world, but there’s a whole other side to the city that’s packed with adventures for the entire family. When visiting the City of Light, there’s no need to leave the kids behind—you’ll find plenty of things to do in Paris to keep them entertained and occupied every step of the way. Spanning engaging activities, enchanting parks, and exciting day trip destinations, this list is all about our favorite places to bring the whole gang. Vive la family fun!
- See the Eiffel Tower at night.
Dazzle the kids with a trip to Paris’ most iconic landmark when it’s lit up in glittering glory against the night sky. Snag tickets for an after-dark tour from City Wonders and marvel at the glowing tower as you approach it from Trocadero Plaza. You can’t bring strollers with you, but the walk is short, so it’s no problem if you have little ones in tow. And once you arrive at the base, you get to skip the lines and head straight up to the second floor to admire the views, thus avoiding the inevitable “are we there yet?” questions.
- Seek thrills at Parc Astérix.
Disneyland Paris is obviously a family destination, but for a more authentically French experience, chase adventure at Parc Astérix, the theme park inspired by the escapades of the beloved French comic book warrior Astérix. Admission tickets from PARISCityVISION also include a convenient ride from Paris, making it easy to reach the park’s Gallic gates, and then the day is yours to spend as you please on a variety of exciting rides. Speed in a bobsled through the twists and turns of La Trace du Hourra, bounce through the churning rapids of Romus et Rapidus, and chug through the Forest of the Druids with pint-size park-goers on Le Petit Train.
- Venture to Versailles.
Glimmering golden statues, tales of kings and queens, a hall filled with mirrors—visiting the Palace of Versailles is like stepping into a storybook world. Explore this legendary royal residence on a family-oriented tour offered by City Wonders Limited that brings its lavish halls to life. As you wander through famous rooms like the State Apartments and the War Room, the kids will be riveted by stories of bizarre royal customs, mock naval battles, and eccentric residents. Afterward, stroll through the manicured gardens just like princes and princesses once did, and perhaps even take a royal rowboat ride on the glassy lake.
- Check out a city park.
Among Paris’ wide boulevards and famous monuments, you can also find a wealth of enchanting parks brimming with outdoor fun in the sprawling metropolis. Bring the kids to the Jardin de Luxembourg for a puppet show and a ride on the city’s oldest carousel, or take them to climb all over the giant steel dragon playground at Parc de la Villette. If you’re visiting the Latin Quarter, check out the menagerie in the Jardin des Plantes, which is home to an entertaining variety of critters that include red pandas, big cats, and even primates.
- Cruise down the Seine.
Too much trekking around Paris can tire little ones out, so pass up a walking tour and scope out the city’s beautiful and historic landmarks from the vantage point of the River Seine instead. Bateaux Parisiens offers a relaxing cruise to survey Notre Dame, the centuries old Pont-Neuf, and the stately Louvre palace, not to mention the Eiffel Tower. For kids, riding on a boat is automatically exciting, so even if they don’t pay attention to the audio commentary, the grand views and the experience of gliding down the river will be more than enough to keep them happy.
- Hunt your way through The Louvre.
While visiting the City of Lights, a trip to The Louvre is a must, but spending hours studying classical paintings isn’t exactly a recipe for keeping the kids entertained. To solve this issue, the folks behind THATLou have cooked up a treasure hunt that sends you on a mission to uncover the museum’s hidden gems and less-explored corners, all while working against the clock. Try the THATKid version, which is geared for ages 5–13 and comes with puzzles and games for kids to complete along the way.
With so much family fun awaiting you in Paris, where will you take the kids?