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Family Travel Guide to Paris

Although many people think of Paris as being a place of romance, and this is true, but there are so many places that you can take your children to and from the tiniest tots through to the teenagers you can easily find things that will satisfy everyone whilst you are on holiday in Paris.

Obviously there are the typical monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe that you can visit, yet within the incredible city of lights, you will find that most Parisian families go out for regular picnics during the summer months, going to some of the beautiful gardens that are dotted all over Paris, and most of these parks have dedicated play areas for the children with slides and swings, sandpits, and much more.

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A pony ride or donkey ride is a great thrill for the young children, yet so are the very popular merry-go-rounds and the incredible Jardin du Luxembourg is home to the oldest merry-go-round in Paris, which was built in 1879.  But for the hard to please teenagers there are even specific areas for skating and you can even come across other activities like table tennis at the Parc Andre-Citroen, or eating out at one of the many family restaurants. 

The summer time in Paris is incredible, with lots of different festivals, themed fetes and shows that are held all over the city, from a puppet show on the Champs Elysees through to listening to jazz while you enjoy your picnic lunch at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes area.

But how about going to the beach?  Yes a beach!  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 near to the Eiffel Tower, and here amongst the beach towels and deck chairs you will find numerous activities such as volley-ball courts.  Other areas in France and around Paris have caught on to the idea and there are now quite a few cities that put in place a temporary beach scene for its inhabitants to enjoy over the height of summer.

Talking of the Seine, how about taking a cruise down the Seine by boat on one of the bateau mouches and the evening is a phenomenal experience when all the bridges are lit up along with the famous monuments on route.  Or why not take a site seeing tour on one of the open double decker buses that goes around the city and one particular firm called the l'Open Tour buses have four different routes where you can even get to go out to places like the Sacre-Coeur Basilica.  These are definitely more fun than negotiating the metro, where your children will actually appreciate travelling, and you cannot forget going along the Champs Elysees with its incredible and famous shops that also include the Häagen-Dazs ice cream house, which will delight all members of the family.

Mind you, it's alright having something like an ice cream, but you do need to think about eating in Paris at places that will be suitable for the whole family, and obviously there are the usual venues that young children will like such as MacDonalds but there are lots of more traditional bristro's and brasseries that cater for children along with many different restaurants such as the Apollo that has a dedicated children's menu and even does activities like face painting on a Sunday at lunch time.

If you feel like taking a day trip just outside of Paris, then there are some wonderful places that you can go, that all the family can enjoy from the Safari Park at the Parc Zoologique de Thoiry, which also has a beautiful chateau and a fantastic and unique interactive maze, or how about the Base Regionale de Loisirs de Saint Quentin en Yvelines, where you can experience activities from fishing, golf, sailing, a wave pool, quad biking, karting and a tree top adventure centre called the Paris Ouest Aventure.

There is also France Miniature that is basically a map of France in miniature with all the famous monuments and landmarks throughout France or how about taking a short trip to visit the famous Chateau de Versailles, where you can even experience an equestrian show or fountain show on specific days during the summer months, but you do also have many offer castles and chateaux in Paris you can visit. 

And yes, of course you have the theme parks like Disneyland Paris and Parc Asterix, but also and the Mer de Sable, which has a wild west theme where you can see shows and get into the real spirit of things or watch eagles in flight along with tree top walks at the Espace Rambouillet.

But what about in bad weather, we hear you asking.  Well, yet again, Paris has it all with such a variety of entertainment and so many different activities that are 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, the different interactive experiments and even venture into L'Argonaute submarine that sits in its permanent resting place just outside.

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

But if a circus is not really what you are looking for, perhaps the family would prefer to see a magic show at the Double Fond or take a trip to the theatre, and there are numerous different theatres in Paris, plus some of these even cater for children's entertainment like the Theatre Equestre Zingaro or the Lady of Canton Pirate Cabaret.

Or maybe you enjoy sea life and would rather visit an aquarium.  Well, there is the incredible CineAqua situated at the Trocadero that has the largest viewing screen in the world, which is also used a stage backdrop or you have the Sea Life Val d'Europe, that is situated in a complete shopping centre experience with plenty of good available and near to Disneyland Paris and both of these are incredible places to visit for all the family.

PlayMobil is a great place if you have young children and need something to do in the bad weather, where they can physically play with all of the different PlayMobil toys of different themes, or if you have older children then a visit to Aquaboulevard, which is an extremely large leisure centre in the heart of Paris will keep everyone entertained with the flumes, spas, wave pool and jacuzzi's, which may be just what is needed for those sore feet!

There are just so many different activities on offer around Paris, that we could never mention them all, but hope that this has given you a bit more of an insight into a City that caters for all ages, so that you will be able to plan and get more enjoyment out of your holiday in France.


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