Paris Family Travel Guide
Your family has decided to take a trip to France. It's the first time you have been to France and you are all excited. Every member of your family has different interests, likes and dislikes so you must make an itinerary that fits everyone’s interests and needs. No need to worry as the exciting magical city of Paris spells out the word fun to absolutely everyone. Guaranteed! Let’s face it Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world as well as one of the most beautiful on the planet. So let’s get sight seeing and be sure to visit all of these fun and exciting places and bring back information and photographs for a scrapbook. The kids will love taking charge of your camera or better still for young ones buy a disposable one. Either way you’ll want to document your great trip and bring back plenty of memories!
Family days out and attractions in Paris
Transport services in and around Paris are great especially by train. You can also opt to ride a bike here and even follow in the footsteps or rather bike path of the infamous “Tour de France” cyclists.
First stop- the streets of Paris. At over 2,000 years old, she boasts much of the world’s famous architecture, museums and cathedrals and children will love the gothic gargoyles that decorate many of the magnificent churches of a bygone era- not so much for their place in architectural history or significance; but because they are scary and awesome in their eyes. Mine too; for that matter!
Disneyland Paris - Perfect for any family vacation and its right here in Paris! This is the big attraction with children of all ages and many adults as well! Disney Paris is Europe's most magical adventure for everyone! There are no less than five imaginary lands to visit, explore and enjoy. Be sure to take lots of fantastic family holiday photos.
Cité des Sciences - This science museum is definitely worth a visit and the admission price covers all presentations and activities including space, rocks and volcanoes, images, sounds and light games. Much is hands-on and interactive (in English as well as French) and guaranteed to keep everyone busy for hours! There are also aged zones; one for 3-5 year olds and the other for 5-12 year olds, as well as an excellent playground right outside.
Eiffel Tower - spectacularly 300m high metal tower built to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution is a famous icon of Paris. The children will really enjoy climbing the stairs, you won’t! On a nice day, you can see the whole of Paris but won’t hold their attention for long, although there are some interesting boards explaining the history of the tower which older children may enjoy. Perhaps a lunch in one of the two restaurants may be a wise choice giving you the chance to enjoy the view for a little longer! Also be on the look out for the Louvre, Versailles and Notre dame.
Playmobil Fun Park - this destination is absolute paradise for families with younger children. You can relax with a cup of coffee in the café area, as youngsters race around 12 different themed play where Playmobil toys reign supreme!
Family hotels in Paris
There are many great options when it comes to family accommodation in Paris and one such is to select Paris apartments or flats which are privately owned and offer exceptional value as well as choice; from budget through to luxury accommodation within the Parisian city area. For excellent value and hospitality try these family friendly hotel chains:
Etap Hotels are slightly more upmarket with excellent facilities and clean rooms.
Mercure Hotels usually have a pleasant restaurant attached for your dining pleasure and are functional, conveniently located and family friendly.
Novotel offer the best facilities and great child friendly restaurants for you to dine in with your family.
Paris - useful tips
Known as the "City of Lights", Paris undoubtedly has a lot to offer families on holiday. In the spring/autumn there is always the risk of a shower in Paris, however as the summer approaches the weather warms up, becomes more reliable and pleasant balmy evenings are the norm.