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Eiffel tower on Champs de Mar in autumn

Above: Forget the summer when it sizzles. I like Paris in the fall…

Paris is known as one of Europe’s “greenest” cities, having more than 400 parks and gardens scattered throughout its urbanscape. If you are lucky enough to visit Paris with your children in the fall, when tourist crowds thin while the weather still welcomes one and all for strolls through the falling leaves, you won’t want to miss your chance to explore a few of these garden treasures. In today’s guest post, Parisian mother Karen Bras, owner of 2 Kids 1 Bag baby gear rentals serving Paris and the Ile de France, shares with us her three favorite autumn outings in Paris with little kids.

In between the many monuments you no doubt plan to visit in Paris, plan time to explore some Parisian gardens. During fall, it will give you the opportunity to share with your family the light and the color of the trees, the fun of walking or jumping in crisp leaves–and don’t forget to bring a bag for collecting chestnuts with your kids! Here are 3 gardens that I personally like for their locations and family-friendly highlights.

1. Near the Champ de Mars garden (located between the Eiffel Tower and the Ecole Militaire), after a pleasant 15 minute walk, you will find a typical Parisian street (with almost no cars) called “rue Cler”. All food shops are here : cheese, delicatessen, pastries, bread, hot chocolate … which you can share with your children and take away…. After all this walking in the leaves, pamper yourself with a delicious crêpe at the Ulysse shop (I admit I like the Nutella one) or icecream in the Martine Lambert shop (my favourite flavours : melon and bitter orange).

Details on http://en.parisinfo.com/museum-monuments/1263/parc-du-champ-de-mars?1

sailboats at Jardin Luxembourg

sailboats at Jardin Luxembourg

 

2. Inside the Luxembourg Garden (Saint-Germain-des-Prés area), you will find a place where everything is made for parents and kids. The choice of activities is very large: puppets (in French, and for children aged 2 and older), a recreational park for 7 and older … You will also see some petanque  and tennis players.

What I specially appreciate (and my kids too , 2 and 5 year old) is the model yacht you can hire to make it sail in the large artificial pond. The model yatch must be pushed thanks to a wooden stick and then have fun racing around the pond to get back it. A real entertaining time for the whole family!

Details on http://en.parisinfo.com/museum-monuments/1241/jardin-du-luxembourg-?1

Flamingoes at the Jardin de Plantes menagerie in Paris

Above: Pink flamingos at the Jardin de Plantes, Paris

 

3. Inside the Jardin des Plantes (Quartier Latin district), you’ll find the principal botanical garden of France, with much to explore outdoors and also indoors. While there, you can visit the Menagerie (equivalent to a zoo) with around 1,000 animals and among the most impressive: orangutans, crocodiles, panthers, huge tortoises,and pink flamingos. Created in 1794 as part of the royal gardens, this menagerie is one of the oldest zoos in the world!

Details on http://en.parisinfo.com/professionnals/1762/museum-national-d-histoire-naturelle-menagerie-du-jardin-des-plantes?1

Thanks, Karen; what I wouldn’t give to be back on Rue Cler right now!

How about YOU? What is your favorite outing in Paris with little ones? Share with a comment below!

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8 Responses to Paris: Three best autumn outings for visitors with little kids

  1. Aimee says:

    I totaly agree that those spots are sure to please any child – or adult too! Our favorite was also the Jardin d’acclimation amusement park. It had so much to offer us this summer – and seems like a great place for every other season too!

  2. Trisha says:

    We were hoping to see the puppet shows at Champ de Mars, but we must have been her on the wrong day. The kids enjoyed the vast park with lots of grass to chase the birds. My kids enjoyed climbing the tower and choosing treats at the bakeries.

    • Shelly Rivoli says:

      I’m hoping we’ll get puppets in at one place or the other! Will definitely have to check on dates first, I see. ;-)

  3. Jemma says:

    The Luxembourg Garden is one of the reasons why people should visit Paris. The pool in front of the place is really lovely. The pink flamingos prove that nature produces the most beautiful things on Earth.

  4. Thanks a lot for your comments on this post. It has been a pleasure to prepare this post with Shelly.
    Here is a useful link with the time for puppets in Paris and the number phone http://www.parisparis.com/fr/enfant/marionnettes1.html
    I hope that the next time you will enjoy it.

  5. SAFlights says:

    These are great kid-friendly spots. The puppet shows at Champ de Mars are indeed am awesome attraction for kids and get to meet other kids as well.

  6. isaacoomber says:

    Very interesting article. I think it is useful for many. Thank you for this articles.

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