There’s a reason Paris is near the top of most traveler’s lists. There is an insane amount of history and culture, and no matter how many times you go, you’re always discovering something new. But should you go with kids? With these tips, you should be able to find a happy compromise between keeping the kids happy while still getting your Paris fix.
- Paris is huge, so stay as close to the center as your budget allows. The less travel time on the metro the better, especially after a long day or during rush hour. If you have a car, try and find accommodation with parking included. You won’t need the car in Paris.
- Don’t try to pack too much in each day. We’ve found that two main things a day is usually achievable. Try and mix them up, maybe a museum in the morning, a park or walk in the afternoon.
- Hop-on hop-off bus tours are great for kids. They don’t have to walk too much, you don’t have to navigate the metro, and everyone gets a really good overview of the city.
- Regardless of how you get around, there will still be more walking than what you think. Make sure you wear good comfortable walking shoes.
- Carry enough food and water to last the day, even if you’re planning on eating out. You don’t want to be caught trying to find a supermarket or kid friendly café with tired and hungry kids.
- In summer, take regular breaks in the shade. Kids will get hot and cranky quickly in the heat, parents too! And get away from the tourist areas regularly. There are plenty of areas you’ll see mainly locals. We enjoy St Germain and the Luxembourg Gardens for this reason.
- Stay out for an evening at least once. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful all lit up, and there’s a little playground right next to it.
- Eat at cafes or brasseries, rather than restaurants. They’ll usually be open all day and are much more kid friendly.
The city of lights is waiting for you, go and enjoy it!
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