Headed to the City of Light with kids? Great! Paris may be the world’s most sophisticated city, but that doesn’t mean the French capital lacks when it comes to kid-friendly sights. Put these five sights on your to-do list. And I'm including an extra “bonus” sight at the end, for good measure!
Note: In keeping with the spirit of our kids’ travel books, I’ve included a “mission” for some sights, something your kids must do or must find at the landmark. Everything’s more fun when there’s a game involved!
1. Eiffel Tower At Night
Did you know that it’s a violation of French law for tourists to come to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower? Sorry, that was a bad attempt at humor! While that’s not really the case, it is true that no visit to Paris would be complete without a stop here. However, the Tower holds the title of France’s Number One Tourist Attraction, and that comes with a price: long lines. Waiting in long lines is difficult for adults…and downright intolerable for kids.
So, my advice: skip the lines, and wait until night when the Eiffel Tower illuminates the Parisian sky with sparkling lights. Yes, the kids will have to stay up a bit late (9:30 to 10pm in summer), but it’s worth it!
And as your alternative for that panoramic view of the City of Light, but without the hordes of tourists, head off the beaten path, to one of the best kept secrets in Paris, the…
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You couldn’t ask for a destination more kid-friendly than Spain’s Mediterranean gem, with its welcoming spirit (Spaniards adore kids), abundance of outdoor fun, fanciful landmarks, and kid-centered activities.
If you’re headed to the Catalan capital, then put these on your must-do list!
This retro amusement park boasts sweeping views of the glistening Mediterranean, as well as old-fashioned rides like ferris wheels and carousels. (While Tibidabo does have a few adrenaline-pumping rides, thrill seekers would best venture to Port Aventura, about an hour down the coast.) Don’t miss the view from “Giradabo,” the new ferris wheel or the fun ascent to Tibidabo via funicular.
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