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Travel Guide to Family Holidays In Paris

The City of Paris is known by many as a place of romance, but it is also a great place for a family holiday and from tiniest tots through to the teenagers you can easily find things that will satisfy everyone.

You cannot miss seeing the Eiffel Tower and other monuments, but if you are in Paris during the summer you will find that most families go out for picnics in the beautiful gardens that are dotted all over the city and most of the parks have a play area for the children with slides and swings, etc.

A pony or donkey ride is a great thrill for the young children, and so are the popular merry-go-rounds and in the Jardin du Luxembourg you will find the oldest merry-go-round in Paris, built in 1879.  But for hard to please teenagers there are specific areas for skating and activities like table tennis at the Parc Andre-Citroen. 

Paris comes alive in summer with lots of different festivals, fetes and shows which take place all over the city, from a puppet show on the Champs Elysees through to listening to some jazz music while you enjoy your picnic lunch at the Parc Floral.

But how about going to the beach?  Well every year in Paris they bring in tonnes of sand and create what is called the Paris Plage on the banks of the River Seine, and you will also find activities such as volleyball courts.

Travel Guide to Family Holidays In Paris
Family Holidays In Paris

Now thinking about the River Seine, why not take a trip down the river by boat on one of the bateau mouches, where you can even opt to have lunch or dinner and the evening is a great experience with the bridges and famous monuments all lit up along the route. 

Or you could choose a site seeing tour on an open double decker bus that goes around the city and one firm called the l'Open Tour buses has four different routes where you can even get to see places like the Sacre-Coeur Basilica.  We can assure you that these are definitely a lot more fun than negotiating the metro with young children and they will actually appreciate the travelling.  But you cannot forget about walking along the Champs Elysees with its famous shops and one that will delight all members of the family is the Häagen-Dazs ice cream house.

Yet if you feel like taking a day trip to the outskirts of Paris, then there are some wonderful places that all the family can enjoy from the Safari Park at the Parc Zoologique de Thoiry, which also has a beautiful chateau and a unique interactive maze.  If you are into outdoor activities the Base Regionale de Loisirs de Saint Quentin en Yvelines will be great for experiencing things like fishing, golf, sailing, a wave pool, quad biking, karting and even a tree top adventure centre called the Paris Ouest Aventure.

France Miniature theme park is a map of France in miniature showing all the famous monuments and landmarks throughout France and is great for a bit of education and fun, yet you may wish to take a short trip to the famous Chateau de Versailles, where you can even experience an equestrian show or fountain show on specific days during the summer months, or why not visit one of the other castles and chateaux around Paris. 

And yes, you have the theme parks like Disneyland Paris and Parc Asterix, which we have all heard about, but there is also the Mer de Sable, which has a wild west theme where you can see shows, yet if you prefer wildlife rather than wild rides, you can watch eagles in flight along with tree top walks at the Espace Rambouillet.

But what about in bad weather, we hear you asking.  Well, Paris is a city that has it all, with a wide variety of entertainment and activities available for all ages.  So where do we start!  Ok, you could think about a visit to the Cite de Sciences and experience the Geode, or different interactive experiments, then venture into the L'Argonaute submarine that sits just outside.

A circus is often a good option for all the family and there are two main circuses in Paris, called the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann and the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, however temporary circuses often set up in the parks and gardens around Paris.  Plus you can even get trapeze lessons and see shows at the Club Med World, but for the older members of your family, Club Med World also has a nightclub

But, perhaps you would prefer to see a magic show at the Double Fond.  Maybe a trip to the theatre is more up your street and there are so many to choose from and some cater for children's entertainment like the Theatre Equestre Zingaro or the Lady of Canton Pirate Cabaret.     

Perhaps an aquarium would interest you and your family and in the centre of Paris there is the incredible CineAqua that has the largest viewing screen in the world also used a stage backdrop or you have the incredible Sea Life Val d'Europe, that is situated near to Disneyland Paris.

For young children PlayMobil is a great place where they can actually play with different PlayMobil toys set out in different themes, or for older children and teenagers the large leisure centre, Aquaboulevard in the heart of Paris will keep everyone entertained with the flumes, wave pool and jacuzzi's.

Paris has so many activities we could never mention them all, but this will have no doubt given you a bit more of an insight into a city that caters for all ages so you can plan your holiday in Paris and get the most out of it.


Paris Travel Guide to Family Holidays



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