Paris is usually associated with glamour, fashion and romance. However, the city of lights is a great destination for families thanks to a plethora of interesting child-friendly museums, large parks and landmarks that seem designed to spark the imagination of little, and not so little, explorers.
Best time to visit Paris
Paris has four distinct seasons:
- Winter in Paris is cold and grey. The coldest months are December and January, when temperatures average 5 degrees C.
- Spring and early summer are the best time to visit Paris. Days are long and bright. This is the best time to explore Paris’ beautiful gardens and parks.
- Summer in Paris (July and August) usually sees sunny days and temperatures averaging 20 degrees C. Summer is a good time to visit Paris but be prepared for long queues at the city’s main attractions: this is high tourism season.
- Autumns are pleasant in Paris. Smaller crowds means less waiting at Paris’ main landmarks and offers are often available for hotel stays.
You can read our detailed guide on the best time to visit Paris here
How to get around Paris
Paris has an efficient public transport system made of bus, metro and train lines (RER).
- Metro: the Paris metro system criss crosses the city. There are over 300 stations serving all areas and main landmarks.
- Buses are a good alternative to the metro.
- Metro and bus have an integrated ticketing system.
- One day/multi day tickets are available as well as travel passes covering different areas/length of stay.
- Kids under 4 go free, provided they do not occupy a seat.
- Children under 10 pay half price.
You can find our insider guide on how to get around Paris here
Where to stay in Paris with kids
Paris is a big city and finding accommodation in a suitable area is crucial to avoid long commuting time.
- Accommodation near St Germain will put you right in the heart of Paris and walking distance from most important landmarks.
- The area of the Marais, close to the Centre Pompidou, is a great choice for families thanks to its residential atmosphere and handy location in the centre of Paris.
- Disneyland hotels are a great option if a visit to the park is part of your Paris holiday plan. The park is outside Paris and local accommodation is a great advantage to make the most of your time and avoid long commuting.
Top things to do in Paris with kids
There are loads of fun things to do in Paris with kids. Just sightseeing around the city can be fun, with a choice of exploring by boat, metro or on foot. Then there’s world-class museums with specific kids’ programs, beautiful parks with playgrounds, castles and towers that make the city fun to explore for all ages.
What to pack for Paris
Paris is one of the most, if not the most stylish city in the world and packing for it can be a little daunting. When visiting Paris with kids you want to be comfortable, of course, but you are likely to also want to feel your gear doesn’t make you stand out in all the wrong ways! Our packing list will help you to strike a balance between comfort and style.
Check out our family packing list for Paris here