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3 Best Places to Visit in Paris for Families

Posted on July 03 2018

beautiful carousel in paris

Ever wonder if Paris is a good place to bring your children on a holiday? I mean, Paris is known for its fashion and food, but it doesn't really come up as a go-to place to bring your children. Not to me, at least, until I started to come to Paris for trade shows, and my daughter tags along. That was when I started to research on places that I can bring her. 

Sure, the Louvre is on everyone's must-visit list. But young children hasn't got that maturity to appreciate the masterpieces, AND the entrance ticket is Euro17 a pax! I don't know about you, but I do not think our 3.5 year old is going to appreciate Mona Lisa just yet. 

So, I have researched places to bring young children where they can have fun, and the parents won't be breaking the bank! What better way to have them spend their endless energy than to have them enjoy themselves at the park! Our daughter absolutely loves carousels. And the ones we went to, not only have carousels, but places for parents to have some fun too!

Eiffel Tower Carousel

The carousel is on the corner of the Pont d’Iéna and Quai Branly. It is right in front of the Eiffel Tower, giving an excellent opportunity for photographs.

Carousel at Eiffel Tower

And unbeknownst to most, there are actually 2 carousels near the Eiffel. Cross over the bridge to the farther side of the river, to Jardins du Trocadero, and you'll find another carousel which is an Euro cheaper! After your rides, you can take picturesque family portraits overlooking the Eiffel without having to "cut-off" the tower. Yup, the trick is to go further away from the tower to get a good shot. Not to mention, you have less folks photo-bombing too! 

Beautiful Eiffel Tower

Carousel at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

There are two main entry points to the Basilica: either you take the stairs via Rue du Mont Cenis or via Rue Lamarck. We took the stairs via Rue du Mont Cenis and it was tiring as hell! And I had to carry the 3.5 yo (all 17 kgs of her!) all the way up! I was literally out of breath the moment we reached the top. So, my advise, take the latter route. One level at a time. The first level is where the carousel and the mini playground is. Then you go up up up to the Basilica.

Rue du Mont Cenis Stairs

The view is breathtaking (this is the highest point in Paris), as you view the entire city of Paris. And the basilica is a peaceful retreat from all the hustle and bustle of the city down below. Light a prayer candle for Euro2. The 3.5 year old was so pleased with herself when she said a prayer and lighted herself a candle. No, we are not Catholics, but an innocent prayer of a child never hurt anyone, don't they?

Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Carousel at Jardin d'Acclimatation

This park is absolutely the bomb! Avoid the queue and buy your entrance ticket online. Entrance ticket is Euro5/ pax (children below age 3 goes in free!), and each ride needs a ticket (Euro2.90/ ticket). There is a waterpark that's free! So bring along a change of clothes for your kiddos (and perhaps yourself too!). Pony rides are available only on weekends (and we missed it! Boohoo!). 

We were lucky to catch a glimpse of a peahen and her two chicks! Aren't they the cutest thing?

Peahen and her two chicks in Jardin d'Acclimatation

We were there for about 4 hours, and we were beat! The kid wanted to go on all the rides, but she's still too young for most of them. Not to mention that the mother (me!) has motion sickness and can't deal with fast moving objects! And the last thing we want is a child crying and wailing in between rides coz she was too scared. So, best to avoid all the unnecessary meltdowns and dramas. Mamas, you definitely know what I mean. At least she loved the carousels there! There are two - a big one right after the entrance, and another smaller one next to the pony ride. Both equally as magical! Don't worry about fussing over how many ride tickets you should get at the entrance booth, there are plenty of ticket vending machines (only accepts credit cards though) throughout the park. 

carousel ride in Jardin d'Acclimatation

So there you go. A short and concise post on where you should take your little ones when you are in Paris. Hope that was helpful!

Leave a comment if you think it was helpful, and if you have any other suggestions on where we should visit on our next trip here next January!

Till next time, 

Majorie xx



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