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Guide to Paris for Families

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With so many different things to do, Paris can be a great destination for a family. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of it.

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  • Family
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

9 Places

9 City Tips

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9 Places

Bois de Vincennes

Parks

Chateau of Vincennes

Castles, Historic Sites

La Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie

Science Museums

Parc du Champ de Mars

Parks

Musee d'Orsay

Speciality Museums

Disneyland Park

Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities

Notre Dame Cathedral

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Jardin des Tuileries

Gardens

Air and Space Museum

Science Museums, Speciality Museums

Victoria C's City Tips

  • Keep your belongings close to you, especially in busy areas, and a firm hold on your mobile phone.
  • Don't hesitate to follow the news to see if there are any matches, demonstrations, or strikes coming up.
  • If you're planning on seeing as much as possible, it can be worth buying a Paris Pass, which gives you free travel, free access to attractions and a hop-on/hop-off bus.
  • It may be more convenient to use the Autolib' service, where you can hire an electric car from stations all over the city and leave it at another. (Sign up at subscription kiosks.
  • Watch out for scammers who try to distract you to steal something. Tricks include: waving papers over your things, picking up a ring to see if it's yours & games impossible to win.
  • It can be difficult to get around on public transport with a buggy. Try and bring a fold-up pushchair and avoid rush hour.
  • Don't be surprised if service in restaurants takes a while. If you need attention, try using eye contact and a smile and then start with "Excusez-moi".
  • Prices can of course vary widely, but the average price in a brasserie (restaurant/café/bar) starts around 15€ for a main dish. Street food is around 5€.
  • Tipping is not that common in Paris but is always appreciated for good service.
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    Bois de Vincennes
    Parks
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Bois de Vincennes is one of the best parks for families. Not only is there the Chateau de Vincennes (a castle which dates from the 14th century), but the Parc Zoologique (zoo), the floral park, a Buddhist temple, two theatres, cycling trails, play areas and plenty of space for picnics and running around. You can even brave a boat if you want to hire one to go around the lake. With a range of activities for a range of budgets, there should be something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to go to the Zoo, buy your tickets online beforehand to avoid the queues.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #142 of 1,251 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I live right by the Bois de Vincennes 07/11/2017
    • Hideaway at Paris Edge 25/09/2017
    • Bois de Vincennes
    Address:
    293 avenue Dausmenil
    Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 28 41 59
    Other:
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    Chateau of Vincennes
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Chateau de Vincennes is a 14th-century castle 15 minutes from the centre of Paris. Here you can explore all the nooks and crannies of the old space and be taken back in time. For adults and children alike, the history is interesting and it's a nice place to explore. It's also easy to reach and usually less crowded than some of the top attractions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Head to the Bois de Vincennes before or after your excursion here.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Vincennes
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not that much to see 03/12/2017
    • Well Worth A Visit 19/11/2017
    • Chateau of Vincennes
    Address:
    Avenue de Paris
    94300 Vincennes
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 28 15 48
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    La Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie
    Science Museums
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    Victoria C Says:

    La Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie is a great space for a family day out in the northeast corner of Paris. This science museum is big and interactive (it's the biggest in Europe)- in it you'll be able to explore 30,000m² of space, life, matter and communication. Build a house, play with water fountains, see scale models of satellites and the Ariane space shuttle, and even experience weightlessness.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is also situated in the third biggest park of Paris, where you can relax outside and even have a picnic.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #164 of 1,251 things to do in Paris
    • Old science center 28/11/2017
    • Cité des Sciences et de L'Indutrrie / Paris 20/11/2017
    • La Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie
    Address:
    30 avenue Corentin Cariou
    La Villette
    75019 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 85 53 99 74
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Parc du Champ de Mars
    Parks
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    Victoria C Says:

    The park next to the Eiffel Tower is the Champ de Mars, which is full if possibilities for the whole family. You can sit with a picnic and take photos, playing with the perspective of the Eiffel Tower, take a spin on the merry-go-round, go for a pony ride, or simply hire out a bike and cycle around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Not far from here, you can walk along the Seine to see Paris's statue of liberty.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 1,251 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge Park 01/12/2017
    • Picnic spot 21/11/2017
    • Parc du Champ de Mars
    Address:
    avenue Joseph Bouvard
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    1991
    Other:
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    Musee d'Orsay
    Speciality Museums
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Musée D'Orsay, which houses France's largest collection of impressionists and used to be an old train station, may not be the first thing that comes to mind on a family day out, but it certainly can be. My favourite art gallery actually provides an interactive guided tour for children aged five to ten, allowing parents to enjoy the museum themselves.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For the children's tour, head to cash desk 6. There's no advanced booking. Meet at the Individual Visitors' Information desk C 15 minutes before the tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,251 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Classic Railway station setting 11/12/2017
    • Beautiful - easy to tour 11/12/2017
    • Musee d'Orsay
    Address:
    1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 49 48 14
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    09:30 - 18:00
    Thu
    09:30 - 21:45
    Fri - Sun
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Disneyland Park
    Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
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    Victoria C Says:

    A list of family things to do in Paris can't go without mentioning Disneyland. This famous theme park is a fun place for children and adults alike, and is very easy to get to from the centre of Paris (about 30 minutes on the Line A RER train). In the two parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios), you'll find something for young and old alike. For a break from the rides you can also head to the Disney Entertainment Village, where you'll find restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye out for special family deals to make the most of your trip on a budget.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Marne-la-Vallee
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be ware of park hours 11/12/2017
    • Disappointing Disney! 11/12/2017
    • Disneyland Park
    Phone:
    +33 1 60 30 60 53
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Notre Dame Cathedral
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Victoria C Says:

    Notre Dame sits on the Ile de la Cité (City Island) and could be seen as the heart of Paris. It's central in Victor Hugo's novel, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Bring the pages back to life by climbing one of the Cathedral’s towers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye out for special holy days and occasions at the Cathedral which can make queues longer or access limited.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,251 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see !!! 11/12/2017
    • One of the greatest monuments of Paris 11/12/2017
    • Notre Dame Cathedral
    Address:
    6 Parvis Notre-Dame
    Place Jean-Paul II
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 34 56 10
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 18:45
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 19:15
    Other:
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    Jardin des Tuileries
    Gardens
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    Victoria C Says:

    I love walking around the Tuileries gardens. At one end, near the Louvre, you can sit on the grass and laze all together. At the other end, you can either wander around and look at the sculptures or the vegetable garden. You can also sail boats on the water fountain (east end). During summer, you'll also find an annual fairground there.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Join this visit with a trip to one of the great museums nearby.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 1,251 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing garden 08/12/2017
    • Nice way to avoid traffic 07/12/2017
    • Jardin des Tuileries
    Address:
    Jardin des Tuileries
    pl. de la Concorde, rue de Rivoli
    75058 Paris
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Air and Space Museum
    Science Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Museum of Air and Space is over 150,000 square meters of family fun. Located in the former passenger terminal of the Bourget Airport, it's a collection of more than 150 different types of planes and works of art inspired by flight. This includes both civil and military aircraft, such as Mirage fighters, a US Thunderchief and the prototype Concorde 001 (the only place in the world where two Concordes are on display). In the Space collection, you can also find life-size models of the Ariane 1 and 5 rockets. There's also a planetarium.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The most direct way to get here on public transport is by bus (Number 350 from Gare de l'Est).
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Le Bourget
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I would definitely recommend this museum! 11/10/2017
    • Air & Space Museum 02/10/2017
    • Air and Space Museum
    Phone:
    +33 1 49 92 70 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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