Known around the world as the City of Love, Paris has long proved popular as a romantic holiday destination. It’s also a hit among vacationers who are keen to soak up history and culture while away from home. What’s less well known about the French capital is that it’s a superb spot to take the kids. The metropolis benefits from an array of child-friendly parks and attractions.
So, if you’re planning your next adventure with your little ones in tow, it’s well worth considering booking a Paris holiday. There’ll be plenty to keep your brood occupied for the duration of your stay, and here are some highlights to look out for.
Make the most of the city’s museums
Paris is certainly not short of museums. The ‘m’ word might usually get your kids’ eyes rolling, but as long as you choose the right galleries and exhibitions, you’ll be guaranteed some great days out. The city’s Natural History Museum is a classic case in point. The Palaeontology Building, complete with its skeletons and replicas, is a particular hit with youngsters, and The Gallery of Evolution is also great for children. There, you can see stuffed elephants, giraffes and a host of other creatures.
All kids love chocolate, so what better way to spend a morning or afternoon than wandering around the Musée Gourmand du Chocolat? As well as getting to explore the Mayan and Aztec origins of this sweet treat, your family can watch a demonstration of how chocolate is made. There’s also a gift shop where you can stock up on a selection of edible delights.
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Discover parks aplenty
You won’t be short of parks to explore in Paris either, and a great example is the Jardin du Luxembourg. There, your little ones can catch puppet shows and enjoy pony rides. There’s also a carousel and playground to enjoy.
Another top choice when it comes to outdoor spaces is the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a fairytale when you enter this hilly park. With its towering trees, artificial lake, tumbling streams and miniature imitation Roman temple, it has a magical quality and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing family picnic.
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Take a trip to the aquarium
Last but by no means least on this short list, make sure you set aside some time in your schedule to visit the Aquarium de Paris. Home to a variety of sea creatures, including clown fish, sting rays and sharks, it’s bound to put a smile on your children’s faces.
Of course, these are just a small number of the family-friendly attractions that Paris has to offer. There are many more for you to explore too, like these 75 best things to do in Paris.