If you have decided to visit Paris as a family with children, you are probably looking for tourist sites that they can enjoy as much as you can. So to answer this question and satisfy both audiences, children and parents, we have set up in this article six museums and twelve green spaces (parks, gardens and zoos) where everyone will find their happiness.
For each place presented, find out why the different activities and permanent exhibitions are perfect for family visits to Paris. With regard to museums, the emphasis was placed on the “discovery”, “science” and “history” aspects in order to arouse and satisfy the curiosity of the youngest visitors. Dinosaurs, playful scientific experiments and the history of life on Earth are on the agenda.
For the green spaces, find out what are the different attractions and activities they offer that will make your family outings a real concentrate of pleasure to share. In addition, you can take advantage of reduced museum admission rates for children. In some cases, preferential “family” rates are even offered.
Join the local guides who propose to discover Paris by bike, specially designed to make your trip as pleasant and safe as possible. You no longer have to worry about the route to take. In groups of 2 to 6 people, multiple stops are planned to give you all the explanations and at any time, you can ask your questions to the guide.
He/She advances at your pace and adapts to you. Take your time, each visit is planned so that everything goes smoothly so that you can fully enjoy your stay.
There is no better way to visit Paris than with a guide. With a local guide, find this friend who makes you discover his city with passion and friendliness, and makes you enjoy his good addresses and useful maps.
Guided tours offered on keewego.com are free for children under 17 years of age included. However, they must be accompanied by at least one adult. Moreover, visits are only made in groups of 2 to 6 people, excluding children. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, and visit Paris without being rushed.
Paris Visite passes are travel passes that allow you to make as many trips to visit Paris with your family as you wish for as long as you want: 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days. They offer discounts in some museums but make sure it’s worth it.
Here is a summary of their rates:
We do not recommend them. First of all, because you can decide to visit Paris with your children differently, than by public transport. Second, because the rates are very high, unless you make more than 15 trips a day. Which is highly unlikely.
As a general rule, when you visit Paris, you may have to use public transport between 3 and 4 times a day.
For travel to the Château de Versailles, Disneyland and Paris airports, also use single tickets.
Visiting Paris by bike is a real pleasure now that there are enough secure bike paths for the whole family. In addition, rental services such as Vélib allow you to rent up to 5 bicycles on a single ticket. Practical to avoid cluttering up and travel light.
Probably one of the most unusual museums in Paris, and one that will delight everyone. The fairground arts museum to the south-east of the Parc de Bercy, presents the reconstruction of a traditional European fairground, characteristic of the years 1850 to 1950. Its scenery and reconstructed attractions are accessible to visitors, but only during guided tours organised by the museum itself. By organizing yourself well in advance with other parents, all children will be able to enjoy the magic of the old fairgrounds.
On the banks of the Seine, between the Pont des Invalides, the Pont Alexandre III and the Champs Elysées, is the imposing Grand Palais built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Since its inception, it has had the vocation of introducing art to a wide audience.
Since the next World Fair in 1937, the Palais de la Découverte, built on the back of the above-mentioned building, has been designed to showcase scientific culture. For young and old alike, understanding the experiences presented becomes fun. You will unlock the secrets of certain scientific phenomena such as electrostatics and curiosity will be awakened.
For young explorers, the Botany Gallery has everything they need to amaze them. The oldest and largest herbarium in the world has nearly eight million specimens on display, reflecting the extraordinary diversity of the plant world. In this Art Deco style building built between 1931 and 1935 with large windows opening onto the Jardin des Plantes, children can compare the plant world of yesterday with that of today and imagine that of tomorrow.
For all young life and earth sciences enthusiasts, the Galerie de Minéralogie exhibits rocks, minerals, crystals, gems and meteorites to form one of the most prestigious collections in the world. During the permanent exhibition, you and your children will discover the formation of minerals up to their use by humans.
To attract more people, the gallery has focused its entire journey to be accessible to as many people as possible with pedagogy. The whole family learns something and has a better understanding of the planet’s evolution.
The Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy is similar to the Great Evolutionary Gallery, with its collection of skeletons of great dinosaurs. Although they disappeared several million years ago, children, young and old alike, are still delighted to discover these extinct species. The entire gallery presents and compares the different bone structures of vertebrates (mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and amphibians) and their evolution over millions of years.
It is with great pleasure that the whole family, beyond visiting Paris, will discover the history of life on Earth. For the youngest, it is a real introduction to the world of dinosaurs and for many, one of the rare opportunities they will have to discover the bodies of these gigantic animals.
Probably the most impressive of all the galleries in the Jardin des Plantes, the great Galerie de l’Évolution tells the story of the adventure of biodiversity through 7,000 naturalized specimens, some of which are on the verge of extinction. It is a unique opportunity for the youngest to discover these species.
On the ground floor, your children will undoubtedly be amazed by the two skeletons of marine mammals, the blue whale and the southern whale. The rest of this floor takes you to the abyss to explore the evolution of underwater life. On the first level, an elephant leads the caravan of animals from the African savannah. Nearby, you will travel to South America, only to end up diving into the heart of the Arctic. You thought you were going to visit Paris with your children, and here you are, travelling around the world.
The upper floors tell the story of man’s evolution and place in today’s world. An awareness wanted by the National Museum of Natural History, which works in particular for the preservation of biodiversity. Your children will discover how quickly man has profoundly modified his environment to adapt it to the price of endangered or extinct species. An exhibition that illustrates the challenges of adapting to climate change.
North of the Bois de Boulogne, it is certainly the green space with the richest number of activities to entertain children. It includes rides, a zoo, zip lines and climbing routes, all in an idyllic setting since its restoration in 2015. It has a small rail train, which runs through part of the Bois de Boulogne and a small boat to board the enchanted river cruise. It’s “almost” like Disney.
In what we have defined as the south of Paris (see map), we present three green spaces bordering the capital. They are real jewels where all children have fun. We tell you why and how to get there to enjoy visiting Paris as a family.
Although it bears the name of the former singer who lived for a long time a few hundred metres away, Georges Brassens Park was built on the site of the former slaughterhouses in Vaugirard. Two bronze bulls at the main entrance are there to remind us of this.
But if this park appeals so much to children, and therefore to parents, it is thanks to the presence of its apiary or guided by an animator, they learn to know the role of bees, swarming and pollination. For the rest, your toddlers can enjoy the swings, enjoy a ride on ponies, ride the carousel or attend a play at the Polichinelle theatre.
On the banks of the Seine, it marks the arrival of the guided tour of the left bank of Paris. A real treasure to visit Paris with your family, and a perfect place to rest. It is one of the most appreciated places by its residents for its constant call to relaxation and entertainment. On the former site formerly occupied by the Citroën car manufacturer’s factories, children can enjoy a ball game area, numerous table tennis tables as well as spring games and slides.
On its northern part, you will find several themed gardens, called “serial gardens”. There are seven of them, each one evoking a relationship with water, a day of the week, a colour and a planet. Play with your children to try to make them guess the right answers. For you here they are in the table below, presented from Monday to Sunday.
|Garden's name||Relationship with water||Planet|
|Golden garden||Sun dial||Sun|
The Jardin des Plantes is one of the most emblematic green spaces in Paris. With its botanical school, alpine garden, iris and voracious plant garden, rose and rock garden and peony garden, children will be there as if in a waking dream.
It also houses the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes, which extends over more than 5 hectares. In this area, you and your children will find the 189 species present: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. It is one of the only zoos in France to host tree kangaroos and orangutans.
The other particularities of this gigantic Parisian park are its scientific galleries retracing the history of life and the Earth. The Great Gallery of Evolution is certainly the one that will fascinate your children the most. (See above)
One of the team’s favourites. The one that is discovered during the guided walking tour, which also takes you to the Butte aux Cailles and Les Gobelins districts, is a haven of peace for family activities.
Your children can take pony rides there, and can take advantage of the large expanses of lawns to run as they please. There are also many swings, and a very large play area reserved for them. They can also admire the many species of birds that live around the lake, as well as some remarkable trees over 30 metres tall.
How not to mention the Luxembourg Garden, which offers everything that parents and children alike are looking for to have a pleasant time. On the edge of the Latin Quarter, the huge park of the 6th arrondissement that houses the Senate has enough to delight the whole family.
With its tennis, basketball and petanque courts, but also its ponyback courses, swings and playgrounds, it has every reason to be the perfect place to visit Paris with children. It also has large lawns lined with sculptures to arouse the curiosity and imagination of the youngest. Its hives are also particularly captivating.
On the large fountain in the middle of the garden, at the foot of the Luxembourg Palace, everyone can rent small remote-controlled boats and have them sail. Rental is by the half-hour, which gives parents time to take advantage of the many chairs and sunshine to rest.
The tile garden occupies a central place, whether geographically or in your organization, to come and visit Paris with your family. It is surely one of the most suitable places in the capital to take a well-deserved break.
Have you just visited the Louvre? Stretch your legs by playing different games, such as hide-and-seek with your children or cat and mouse, through the many hedges and statues of Aristide Maillol.
Have you just walked the Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe while contemplating the Place de la Concorde? Lie down on the lawns of the carousel garden near the Great Pyramid of the Louvre.
Have you visited the Opéra Garnier and then Place Vendôme? Rest by the fountain and let your children play with the small remote-controlled boats as in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
The garden of the Royal Palace is in two distinct parts where in each one, children can have fun and parents can be amazed.
In the southern part, the area adjacent to the Palais Royal and the Comédie Française houses the Buren columns. A work of art as much criticized at its inauguration as it has been admired since, it consists of a set of columns of different sizes and forming a gigantic checkerboard. Children can play freely in this large improvised playground.
In the other part, a green space nestled between the houses on two floors and housing galleries on the ground floor awaits you. The beauty and calm of the premises for a space located in the heart of historic Paris is enough to delight the whole family.
All the quays of the Seine de Paris are ideal for spending a friendly time with the family. You can rollerblade and bike in complete peace of mind. Many climbing routes are available, as well as various activities. Among them, between the carousel bridge and the Léopold Sédar Senghor footbridge, opposite the Jardin des tuileries, your children can have fun in a space that is mainly reserved for them. On the ground, games such as hopscotch, a world map or labyrinths were painted. At the level of the Invalides bridge, you will find athletics tracks as well as climbing routes.
As much appreciated by parents as by their children, Parc de Bercy delights all those who come to visit it or to relax. With its skate-park, ping-pong tables and flowery spaces, there is no shortage of arguments to allow the whole family to enjoy it. Children can also enjoy the lawns, while parents can stay on the many benches available.
Located in the Vincennes woods, of which it occupies nearly 14 hectares, the Paris zoological park, otherwise known as the Vincennes zoo, was built to complement the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes. Its purpose is to observe animal behaviour in captivity and to reproduce threatened species in their native environment. It is remarkable by far for its large rock that protrudes from the rest of the woods.
The family can find many of the species presented in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution du Jardin des Plantes. Only this time, they are presented in a reconstruction of their natural habitats.