Let me first say that of all the cities that we’ve visited with our kids, Paris is my favorite and the easiest to explore. Yes, I love Rome and London, and the many other cities for that matter, but Paris is what I always recommend to families looking to go to Europe.
Because Paris is better known as a romantic adult destination, it shouldn’t be dismissed as a family vacation venue. Actually, Parisian families have quite a nice thing going.
What makes Paris great with kids? There are parks everywhere with plenty of space for kids to run around. Afternoon picnics watching Parisians being Parisians are delightful — everyone slows down and enjoys their food and family. Second, there is a long list of excellent kid-friendly activities. Between the fair at the Tuileries and the Jardin d’Acclimation (amusement park), my kids could not have been happier. Meanwhile, my husband and I were able to slow down to enjoy great food, soak in the stunning architecture, and appreciate the local atmosphere. Finally, I know Parisians sometimes get a bad rap for being unfriendly, but the people we’ve experienced were always more than helpful.
Just writing this story make me want to find a way to get back to Paris. I can hear the beautiful sing-song language in my ear and smell the fresh croissants. Here’s the list of my favorite online resources for trip planning to Paris.
Family-focused guides and tips on traveling with kids in Paris:
Cookie Magazine always took a unique but thorough approach to family travel city guides. Their Paris Guide is excellent (although I’m not sure how long it will continue to be online now that the magazine is no longer published).
Delicious Baby has extensive coverage about Paris.
Paris overview by Take the Family.
General tips about getting around Paris with children and an updated list of kids activities on France for Visitors.
Activities for Children in Paris covers all types of family-friendly activities.
Tours for families:
We love Paris Muse.
Context Travel is consistently excellent.
High pricing, but good for idea generation: French Adventures.
Viator offers both general and unique tours and activities.
Family blogs with articles about Paris:
Babyccino’s Paris writer highlights shops and cafes that are kid-friendly.
Travel Savvy Mom has a fun video about the Musee D’Orsay with kids.
NYT Travel Paris with the “Babar Bunch”.
Boston Globe on Children in Paris.
General city websites:
Send Me Your List has a unique collection of Paris recommendations.
Europe Up Close Paris-related blog posts.
Paris Logue by Why Go offers good tips
Apartment rental websites:
We focus on hotels and apart-hotels on Ciao Bambino vs. independent apartments. Here are a few apartment rental agencies with a variety of good options in Paris.
Paris Perfect is a big hit with families looking to go the apartment route (tried and tested).
Chez Vous is a well-known, reputable agency with many options (tried and tested).
Just France has a nice selection of luxury options (tried and tested).
Paris Luxe Apartments seems to have a nice selection (we’ve never used them).
Need help planning a trip to Paris or anywhere else in France? Our Family Vacation Planning Service can help! Request assistance on My Trip Planner.
Relevant Links on Ciao Bambino:
Paris with kids – 10 off-the-track places to take kids
Paris with kids – tips on kid-friendly events and places
Paris with kids – favorite activities with toddlers
Paris with kids – favorite parks with toddlers
Paris with kids – favorite kid-friendly restaurant
Ciao Bambino recommended Paris family hotels
Find great deals on airfare to Paris at Cheapoair.com