Paris is as much a feeling, as it is a place. The land of love and dreams. The city of lights. Walks along the Seine, rows of buttery croissants and colorful macarons in the endless pâtisseries, and architecture that will make you swoon, are just snippets of what make Paris so magical.
There are countless things to do in the city, but here are a few adventure pairings that we found to be equally enjoyable for the adults and the kids.
1. Musée du Louvre & Jardin des Tuileries
Of course, you probably are already planning to see The Louvre, as it is one of the most iconic museums in Paris and the most visited museum in the world. However, here are a few things that are helpful when visiting with kids…
- Children under 18 are free. The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday and is open 9 am to 6 pm (with extended hours on Wednesday and Friday).
- Strollers are allowed within the museum and most of the museum is stroller friendly. There are plenty of elevators, but they can be difficult to spot. Upon entry into the museum, there are pamphlets available with the floor plan and the locations of every elevator. If you do not have a stroller or baby carrier with you, not a problem….you can go into the visitor assistance area and borrow one of their complementary strollers or baby carriers, in exchange for them holding onto some form of ID. The borrowed item must be returned before departing the museum.
- Though we didn’t do an official tour, you can explore the museum on your own and at your own pace, using their audio guide on a Nintendo 3DS.
- There is the Tactile Gallery, where kids (and anybody), are encouraged to touch the exhibits.
- Tickets can be purchased in advance, but this doesn’t seem to be much of a time saver. What takes the longest time is going through security, so be prepared to wait for a bit while the line processes through the security stations and into the museum.
- There are several food options within the museum, such as Le Café Mollien , Le Comptoir du Louvre , or Les cafés de la pyramide. If you can wait to eat, just grab a snack at Denon and Richelieu wings and save your appetite for an outdoor lunch in the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries).