Paris is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, add the kids to the equation and maybe the romance goes out the window, but it is still an amazing city. We have visited Paris in all stages of parenthood……babies, toddlers, teenagers, and we always go back for more. We absolutely love Paris and what it has to offer .
1. Eifel Tower
Of course, the Eifel tower is a must. Deciding on how to see it with kids is another thing. You have 2 options. You can take the stairs or the elevator. The walk is only about 10-15 minutes up. (704 steps) The view from the 2 level is actually the best view of Paris, in my opinion. If you take the elevator make sure you get in the right line as there are 3 different Elevators. If the little legs get tired of walking maybe the elevator is the best option.
One year we showed up with a stroller only to be told we needed to fold the stroller up and carry it up with us (we had not purchased the elevator tickets ahead of time).
You can buy your tickets to take up the elevator. Tickets for the stairs are first come first serve. If visiting Paris for a few days, I would recommend the Paris Pass. With this Pass you can skip many lines and who wants to wait in line with kids?
A must after a visit to the Eifel tower is a picnic on the grounds. Not far from the Eifel tower there are grassy fields perfect for laying a blanket on and letting the kids run around. Some of our best memories are hours spent just relaxing on the grass by the Eifel Tower.
2. Notre Dame
“I know, I know, another church to visit,” we usually say to the kids but I think the gargoyles attracted our kids to this church. If your kids are like ours (movie buffs) you may hear something about the Hunch Back of Notre Dame. The stained glass windows are breathtaking. It is easy to see how this church is one of the most famous sites in Paris.
If you are not tired of climbing stairs, the view from the top is worth it. You will need to buy a ticket to climb the tower. Tickets are not needed to enter the church but you will have to wait in line.
I know the thought of a museum with kids can scare most parents away but why not start them young? Our kids have been visiting museums since there were babies. I must say the toddler age can be difficult but if you are in Paris you should not pass up the opportunity to visit the Louvre. The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and can be overwhelming, obviously, you can not see it all in one day. We like to prepare the kids before hand. Giving them a few artists to be on the look out for etc.
4. Cruise the Seine
When your feet have just about had enough, hop on a boat to cruise the Seine. There is hop on hop off boat that make it nice to see Paris from the river. There is always something about a boat that makes it seem more enjoyable for the kids. We have enjoyed cruising by the Eifel Tower both during the day and night for some good picture taking.
5. Orsay museum
The museum offers guided tours for kids that make it more enjoyable for them. Admission for kids is free. The museum itself is a beautiful site. It is easier to tackle than the Louvre because of the smaller size, but a great museum to visit, even if just for a few hours to show the kids some of your favorite artists.
6. Arc de Triomphe
Being one of the most famous monuments in Paris, it is a must. The Arc de Triomphe is at the end of the Champs-Élysées, which is the famous shopping street. We enjoy strolling down the street which is lined with stores for the whole family.
You can climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe which has stunning views below.
The Palace of Versailles is outside of Paris but worth a day trip out to see. Maybe a good break for the kids from the city. The grounds and the palace itself are stunning. I recommend buying your tickets online to avoid the lines. Our first visit to the Palace we waited in line over an hour just to buy our tickets.
I also recommend making sure your kids use the restroom before the tour. We could not locate a restroom in the Palace and we were forced outside again to wait in line.
The kids enjoyed the visit here very much. Pack a little picnic to eat with the kids in the gorgeous gardens.
8. Sacre Coeur
The hike up to Sacre Coeur may be hard for the kids but it is worth it. The church sits perched up on the hill and there are stairs leading up to it. The stairs are great to just sit and people watch with the kids. The church is free to enter and offers an audio guide you may want to download beforehand for the kids.
9. Disneyland Paris
If the kids have happily visited all the above sites with you, why not reward them with a day in Disneyland Paris? Our first visit to the Park we were delightfully surprised at how much it resembled Disneyland California. Being California natives I must admit it was weird to be at the park in such cold weather, but our kids absolutely loved Disneyland Paris.
For us, Paris has always been a city our whole family enjoys. There is so much to do and see. This is just a short list of the hundreds of things to do and see in Paris with kids, but a good start. Traveling with kids can be daunting but it does not have to be. A little pre-planning, few pit stops at parks, picnics and breaks make the whole experience much more enjoyable for the family.
Have you been to Paris as a family? We would love to hear what you enjoyed the most?