About Maddie S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
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Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice offers indoor and outdoor fun for families of all kinds. Outside, the lovely garden walk and scenic trails burst with plant life and flowers, which are especially colorful in summer. Facilities include a children's park (with swings, slides, and jungle gyms) and many waterfall and mist fountains for kids to play in — some of them even musical! And inside the large greenhouse, the tropics await in any season, from unique plants to an array of exciting birds like parrots and owls.
Run, jump, and slide! Kid's City is an indoor park of the traditional ilk, with plastic tubing and netting to climb and crawl through, and slides that deposit playful young'uns into waiting ball pits. Safety comes first, and all of the equipment is secure and monitored by staff, with areas appropriate for various age groups. In addition to the play-gym area, there are soft blocks and trampolines, as well as inflatables that can be enjoyed by younger kids.
The Musee Archeologique de Nice-Cimiez is part archaeological museum and part archaeological site. The ruins here date between the third and fifth centuries BC, and include ancient Roman structures such as an amphitheater, baths, and a Paleo-Christian complex. They are great for wandering, simple climbing, and, of course, learning. The museum is mostly in French and on the whole too advanced for very young children. However, it has a great kids' display that compares ancient artifacts to their modern counterparts, allowing children to visualize how tools were once used.
The Musee National du Sport celebrates the history of French sport in a fun and interactive way. Along with over 45,000 objects of memorabilia ranging from equipment and jerseys to trophies and mascots, the museum welcomes visitors to try their hands at new sports. Foosball, Wii sports, cycling and fencing simulators, and virtual Formula 1 racers are some of the safe and exciting options that let kids and adults feel like part of the action. Kids can even design their own sports, drawing them on-site and inventing the rules!
The Promenade du Paillon runs from Place Garibaldi to Place Massena, providing a scenic urban stroll complete with unique outdoor sculptures and green spaces to enjoy. Along the way, play equipment dots the area, with an expansive play park appropriate for all ages. In hotter months, children will get a kick out of running through the fountains in operation along the promenade, while the ferris wheel is another major draw.
The Roller Station is a centrally located bicycle rental shop that caters to the whole family, providing children's equipment and bikes, as well as roller blade and skateboard rentals. Bicycles even come with baskets, locks, and helmets, making them safe, convenient, and good for toting around a picnic lunch.
There's something for every sweet tooth at Chocolatier Lacroix — cakes, truffles, mousse, macarons, tarts, and more. The colorful selection will delight children, and you can explore new flavors or old favorites together.
Laser Tag has grown in popularity around the world, and at Laser Game Evolution the whole family can team up or go against one another in a classic version of the game. There is plenty of space to run around, and Laser Game Evolution can also accommodate large groups. It's especially fun for teenagers.
An artistic workshop that can be enjoyed between parents and children, Atelier Stuc & Mosaic offers courses in a range of mosaic styles, from traditional French and Art Nouveau to antique and even Byzantine. There are classes specially geared toward children, as well as creative workshops for families and some multi-day courses for those who really enjoy crafts.
The Parc Carol de Roumanie is a park that locals enjoy, especially on weekends. It features a wide range of playground equipment, including recreational climbers and a water play area. There are also long expanses of green lawn for games, sports, and picnicking. Toss a ball, see who can go the highest on the swings, or sit back and give your feet a break with a few cold soft drinks from the kiosk.
The Crypte Archeologique is a very cool place for exploration. The ancient underground ruins form an expansive, imaginative landscape that bring a different time back to life. Families who are into history and architecture will especially enjoy them.
The many paths and trails along Parc Forestier du Mont-Boron offer a lot to see and do. Waterfalls, ancient ruins, city vistas, and views of the coastline are just some of the great things the mountain has in store. Additionally, after the kids have worked off some of that energy running around, there is a park area with picnic tables as well as pétanque grounds where you can learn or play the popular French game.
Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois is great for the whole family and especially caters to families with small children. Though it isn't Nice's largest park, it is packed on the weekends with families barbecuing and sharing meals at picnic tables under shady trees. Bring a bathing suit along when it's warm; kids can run about in the water play stations, or enjoy the jungle gyms nearby. You may even spot a few curious mountain goats in the distance.