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Lyon is a truly family-friendly city. From its wide local parks to its daredevil outdoor recreation centers; its cooking classes to its sweets shops; its local festivals, shops, menageries, and more; the city invites families of all types (and children of all ages) to come and enjoy it. This guide provides a small sample of what Lyon — the Capital of French puppetry and gem in the crown of the country's foodie culture — has to offer.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Zoos, Golf Courses, Equestrian Trails, Parks

Zoo de Lyon

Zoos

Aquarium de Lyon

Aquariums

Le Petit Musee de Guignol Fantastique

Speciality Museums

Musee des Automates de Lyon

Speciality Museums

Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen

Lessons & Workshops, Cooking Classes, Food Tours

Violette & Berlingot

Gift & Speciality Shops

Comics Zone

Gift & Speciality Shops

Parc Blandan

Playgrounds, Gardens, Parks

Theatre du Guignol de Lyon

Theatres

France Aventures Lyon

Theme Parks, Other Fun & Games, Other Outdoor Activities

Madison S's City Tips

  • Greeting staff with "Bonjour" (Good Morning) or "Bonsoir" (Good Evening) is considered common courtesy upon entering a restaurant, shop, or museum.
  • Only buy metro tickets from a teller machine. If anyone tries to sell you a ticket, be aware that this a scam.
  • Buying a Lyon Visitor Pass enables you to visit numerous museums for the cost of the pass alone, including the one featured in this guide. You may purchase this pass online.
  • Parc de la Tete d'Or
    Zoos, Golf Courses, Equestrian Trails, Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Parc de la Tete d'Or, located on the outskirts of Lyon, is an expansive park and a favorite destination for local families. The tree-lined walks wind around rose gardens and a massive lake, and the grounds boast a small zoo and even a botanic garden along the far side. Great for boating, biking, picnicking, or simply taking a stroll, this green space is a prime destination for families of all ages.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zoo at the Parc, as well as the park grounds themselves, are free to enter.
    • Rent a boat to take onto the lake as a family. There are various types of boats available.
    • There are no food stalls on the Parc grounds, but you are welcome to bring along your own refreshments and have a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 22 Nature & Parks in Lyon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great park 18/02/2019
    • Amazing! 18/02/2019
    • Parc de la Tete d'Or
    Address:
    Place General Leclerc
    69006, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 72 10 30 30
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Zoo de Lyon
    Zoos
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    Madison S Says:

    The outdoor zoo at Parc de la Tete D'Or is absolutely free to enter. It features giraffes, monkeys, lemurs, zebras, big cats, and more. Its scenic location and modern layout make it wonderful for a stroll, and families can pass a pleasant couple of hours in the charming company of the zoo's local and exotic wildlife melange.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zoo hosts special events, such as Late Nights and a Halloween celebration. Check online at the official website to see if your visit coincides with one of these.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 204 things to do in Lyon
    • Surprisingly expansive free zoo 17/12/2018
    • Awful, sad place 29/11/2018
    • Zoo de Lyon
    Address:
    Mairie de Lyon
    69205, Lyon
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Aquarium de Lyon
    Aquariums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Aquarium de Lyon is small, but lovely. Tanks here include both freshwater and saltwater sea life, from clown fish and turtles, to piranhas and a tiger shark. Its size makes it easy to fit into a packed day, or to visit when the weather is poor. Children can enjoy the petting pool, where they can touch sea cucumbers and starfish, or the fish-feeding demos that take place daily. You can also pick up a souvenir or a snack while you're here.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The aquarium is free for children under three, and entry prices for children four and over increase with age. A Family Pack deal is also available, which covers entry for two adults and two children.
    • Almost all ticketing options are cheaper if you buy online ahead of time.
    • While not all displays are in English, many are, making the Aquarium exhibits easily understood even without knowledge of the French language.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 204 things to do in Lyon
    • A good rainy day option. 15/02/2019
    • Waste of money 01/11/2018
    • Aquarium de Lyon
    Address:
    7 rue Stephane Dechant
    69350, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 72 66 65 66
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Le Petit Musee de Guignol Fantastique
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Giugnol puppets are a staple of Lyon's culture, and at this little museum, the tradition is brought to life. Spread across only two rooms, the first features animated puppets in dioramas that light up and move as you pass through, while the basement level features themed puppets that teach visitors about the cultural history of the dolls. Families can enjoy learning about the Guignol, and admire both the artistry and the old world charm of the dolls and their artisan world.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small entry fee for the museum.
    • The staff is pleasant and helpful, and know a lot about the dolls. Feel free to ask if you have any questions about the museum!
    • If you have the Lyon Visitor Pass, it includes free entry to the Guignol Museum. It is listed as the "Petit Musee."
    • There is an audio guide which includes French, English, Italian, and Japanese. The translations rotate, so you will have to wait for your language to come up, and then go through the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 204 things to do in Lyon
    • Delightful 10/02/2019
    • Interesting story about the puppet 14/09/2018
    • Le Petit Musee de Guignol Fantastique
    Address:
    6 rue Saint Jean
    69005, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 78 37 01 67
    Hours:
    Mon
    2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Tue - Sun
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Musee des Automates de Lyon
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Musee des Automates is a small and enchanting museum, great for young children. The 250 animatronic dolls, in dioramas that tell stories from literature and Lyon's history, fit into two adjoining rooms, making it an easy stop on the feet, and for children who cannot cope with grueling multi-floor, multi-hour museum trips. The staff help to make the experience bright by providing a child-friendly introduction, and the automated dolls have bright backdrops and don funny expressions and fun costumes.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Children under three can enter free of charge.
    • Open from 2-6pm daily.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 204 things to do in Lyon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Real working models 04/08/2018
    • Way overpriced 20/02/2018
    • Musee des Automates de Lyon
    Address:
    100 Rue St Georges
    Bp 5015
    69005, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 72 77 75 28
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
    Lessons & Workshops, Cooking Classes, Food Tours
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    Madison S Says:

    At Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen, experience the best of Lyon's famous cuisine culture by making it yourself! The head chef, a master of Lyonnaise cooking, hosts two types of classes: Market classes and Pastry classes. While the Market classes are all-day affairs visiting local Croix Rousse markets and buying fresh ingredients for a multi-course meal (with wine,) the Pastry classes may be more suitable for families, where children can learn to make macarons and profiteroles alongside their parents! While there are no parent-child exclusive classes, the chef gives clear instructions and speaks perfect English, making it easy to follow for children old enough to reach the table top (and yummy enough for anyone to want to eat afterwards!)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you opt for a Market class, they run from 9am-6pm, and include five courses with wine and cheese pairings, and a menu based on what's fresh at the local markets.
    • The classes fill up quickly, so it is recommended to book a place in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.
    • You are given all the recipes to take home after the class is complete, so you can continue to enjoy Lyonnaise food once you get home.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 24 Classes & Workshops in Lyon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not to be missed 16/12/2018
    • Highly Recommended Cooking Class 29/09/2018
    • Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
    Address:
    49 rue des Tables Claudiennes
    69001, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 9 51 72 22 08
    Other:
  • Violette & Berlingot
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Madison S Says:

    A sweets shop unlike any other, any member of the family with a sweet tooth will find themselves at home here. With a fantastical interior design filled out by retro candies, the shelves at Violette & Berlingot house chocolates, creams, marshmallows, caramels, candied flowers, and more, in neon wrapping and baubles. So much more exciting than the average candy aisle, it's fun to simply wander the vintage-style store and decide on what you'd like to try first!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The shop is happy to provide inspiration for occasion gifts, such as weddings and birthdays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 98 Shopping in Lyon
    • Pour retomber en enfance ... 29/06/2018
    • Une jolie dégustation 05/04/2018
    • Violette & Berlingot
    Address:
    52 Passage de l Argue
    69002, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 72 40 97 49
    Hours:
    Mon
    2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Comics Zone
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Madison S Says:

    At Comics Zone, one of the only comic book shops in Lyon, the owners' passion for fiction has brought a tremendous selection of books, action figures, posters, and more all together in one place. With a solid collection of both new and used comics and memorabilia, and sections for both English and French editions, this is the spot to pick up a cool collector's item, start a new comic book series, or explore old favorite heroes.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The shop plays hosts to some major events, such as celebrations on Free Comic Day and Halloween; as well as author and illustrator signings. Ask in store for the latest events.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 98 Shopping in Lyon
    • The geekest cultural place to be 01/10/2013
    • fornitissimo 19/05/2018
    • Comics Zone
    Address:
    320 rue Garibaldi
    69007, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 26 65 78 02
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Parc Blandan
    Playgrounds, Gardens, Parks
    Madison S Says:

    Parc Blandan is one of Lyon's most modern parks. This former military fort has been transformed into a massive play zone, with climbing walls and ropes, slides, hidden passages, and more. The park grounds, which cover 17 hectares, also boast a large meadow and garden, a wonderful place to relax, picnic, stroll, or even nap.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Parc can be most easily reached on public transport via the metro stop Lamothe.
    • Older kids can enjoy the ramps built for skateboarders and scooters.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 204 things to do in Lyon
    • Creatively Designed 19/09/2016
    • A interesting space 04/05/2016
    • Parc Blandan
    Address:
    37 rue du Repos
    69007, Lyon
    France
    Other:
  • Theatre du Guignol de Lyon
    Theatres
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    Madison S Says:

    After visiting the Guignol Museum, it might be interesting to see the puppets used for their historic purpose, in a live stage show. This theater is a cultural relic in the district, and even without seeing a show, visitors are welcome to come here to take a peek at the puppets that have performed in its plays since the 1800s, and learn a bit more about their important history. While many theaters across Lyon put on Guignol shows, the Theatre du Guignol provides shows that are interactive and not too difficult to follow.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the official program (online) to see which days it will be open for shows.
    • The shows at Theatre du Guignol are all in French, but can still generally be followed. It is a great tool for children who are learning French.
    • Arrive early for your show time to get a good seat. Sitting a little further back will allow you to see the entire stage.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 204 things to do in Lyon
    • Expensive - especially if you don't speak French 10/05/2017
    • Was hoping for something a little more traditional 10/04/2017
    • Theatre du Guignol de Lyon
    Address:
    2 rue Louis Carrand
    69005, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 78 29 83 36
    Other:
  • France Aventures Lyon
    Theme Parks, Other Fun & Games, Other Outdoor Activities
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    Madison S Says:

    At France Adventures Lyon, embrace the wild and take on the landscape. Set up in 'courses' that correspond to skill levels, adults and children are welcome to climb trees, zip line, swing on ropes into nets, skate board, and more. The high-intensity adrenaline rush makes for a memorable afternoon out!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While France Adventures Lyon is meant for all skill levels (starting at novice,) because of the nature of the activities, it is more suitable to families with older children.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 6 Water & Amusement Parks in Lyon
    • Dmp visit to France from 18/12/18 to 1/1/2019 21/12/2018
    • Excellent day out 19/08/2018
    • France Aventures Lyon
    Address:
    Pl du 158e Regiment D Infanterie
    69005, Lyon
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 78 36 31 75
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Other:
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