Jan 02, 2018 Paris in 3 days with kids
We spent one week in Paris with our 3 kids. Ages 6, 4, and 1. If I were to condense our time and activities into three child friendly days this is what I would recommend as an itinerary. You can also watch our full week video here
Catacombs and Le tour Eiffel
What is it: The Catacombs, which form a labyrinth beneath the very heart of Paris, now house the bones from several graveyards and churches in Paris. About 6 million to be exact! It is fun for the kids to wind down into the tunnels and roam freely in them.
Admission: 13 € per person
Duration: To walk through the Catacombs is about an hour. There can be a long wait to get inside though. Anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Le Tour Eiffel
What is it: I hope I don’t need to explain this one…
Admission: Free to go to the base of it. If you want to go up to the top you need to book tickets in advanced. Ticket prices vary depending on if you walk or take the elevator. Adult ticket price for elevator is 25€. Children under 4 are free. I like to take Metro #9 to Trocadero for a great scenic view of the Le Tour Eiffel and then walk down to it.
Duration: 1-3 hours depending on if you go up in it
Sacré-Cœur, Montmarte, and Jardin des Tuileries
What is it: It is a basilica located at the summit of the highest point in the city. From these church steps you get an incredible view of Paris. If you walk around the side of the church you are taken into Montmarte, which is a district full of charming streets that are known for many notable artists that lived and worked here. It is fun exploring, shopping, and buying art here. There are several artists set up in the area with all styles of paintings. We had the boys sit for 20 minutes to have a few artists sketch their cute faces.
Admission: Just the cost of transportation to get here and any eating or shopping you may do in the area.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Jardin des Tuileries
What is it: Jardin des Tuileries is a garden in the heart of the city. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the city as it is situated along the Seine and sandwiched between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. With carousels, fountains, and ponds pack a picnic and unwind.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Chapelle, and Pont Neuf bridge
Notre Dame Cathedral
What is it: Is one of the best known Gothic Cathedrals. It’s rose stainglass window is one of the largest of it’s kind. This church is always active and full of life. You can enter for free and then pay a minimal fee to go up into the bell towers and see the view and gargoyles!
Admission: Free unless you do the bell tower or crypt which is around €8.50
Duration: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
What is it: Walk right across the bridge from the Notre Dame to this dazzling and tiny church that is almost all made up of beautiful stainglass windows. It is honestly breathtaking and the kids loved playing I spy with the different pictures in the stainglass. It houses several relics but it’s most famous is Christ’s Crown of Thorns. After you are done enjoying the church have a look at the “Pont-Neuf”, Paris’ Oldest Bridge!
Admission: Full price 10€ Reduced Price 8€
Duration: 45 minutes