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Paris with Kids in Tow

March 14, 2018

You've ticked off Disneyland and ogled Le Tour, so what’s next if you’re in Paris with the whole brood? Here are a few of the city’s best family-friendly attractions, guaranteed to bring Insta-ready smiles all round.

The industrial aesthetic and slew of kiddie-activities make pedestrianised Les Berges, which runs along the Seine, the perfect daytime rest stop. There are games, craft workshops and live events, plus locavore food trucks to appease the hungriest of appetites. Let them play hopscotch, pétanque or try the vias ferratas; Mum and Dad can refuel with a glass of vino on the terrace at Scilicet cafe.

 Traverse on two-wheels with a cycle tour courtesy of Fat Tire. Steered by expert guides with tons of kid-hosting experience, this smart outfit offers several different tours, which include skip-the-queue stop-offs at big sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Private bike hire, and adventures beyond the city limits are also available.

Pop to Jardin des Plantes for some animal magic; skip the crummy zoo and head instead to the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle where the rabble can marvel over the Gallery of Evolution. Housing a menagerie of 7,000 stuffed animals, this is a top choice for a rainy day.

 If the weather is on your side, Jardin du Luxembourg is a stalwart failsafe, with playgrounds, sailboats and pony rides. Channel your inner Parisian and pack a picnic to make a day of it. Alternatively, beeline for Marin D’Eau Douce and rent an electric boat, with idyllic routes including the Canal de l'Ourcq and the Bassin de la Villette – ahoy shipmates!

 

 

Les Berges Sur Seine / Quai d'Orsay / open 24-hours daily / www.paris.fr/berges

Fat Tire / 24 Rue Edgar Faure, 15th / +33 1 82 88 80 96 / office hours Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9am-6pm, Tue, Thu, Sun 9am-4pm / www.fattiretours.com/paris

Jardin des Plantes / 57 Rue Cuvier, 5th / + 33 1 40 79 56 01 / 7.30am-6.30am daily / www.jardindesplantes.net

Jardin du Luxembourg / Rue de Médicis - Rue de Vaugirard, 6th / +33 1 42 64 33 99‎ / opens between 7.30am-8.15am, closes between 4.30pm-9.30pm, depending on the season / www.senat.fr/visite/jardin

Marin D’Eau Douce / 37 Quai de la Seine, 19th / +33 1 42 09 54 10 / open daily / www.marindeaudouce.fr

 

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