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Visiting Paris with children is exciting and versatile. There’s enough to do and see to keep yourself busy and entertained for weeks. But when you’re on a journey as a family, it can turn easily into a little bit too much of it all. I am sure we’ve all been there; too many impressions and people, too much city, too much Paris. And: Too few moments where the kids can just be themselves, and you can mind your own business.

If you are visiting Paris with your kids, make sure to plan in an afternoon to visit Jardin d’Acclimatation. as a remedy. The park is a mix between gardens, funfair, zoo, and playground, but don’t picture something like Disney. Besides that the entrance fees differ drastically from Disney, Jardin d’Acclimatation opened its doors in 1860 and managed to keep the classy old school charm despite all modern elements. When strolling through the park, you can’t ignore the futuristic Foundation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition center for contemporary art but wouldn’t be surprised to come across a velocipede a few meters further.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton adjoining the Jardin d’Acclimatation. This museum of contemporary artistic creation was build by Frank Gehry and opened in fall 2014

How to get there?

Public Transport: Metro Line 1 exit Le Sablon or Bus Nr 43, 73, 82, 93, 174, 244 or PC1

by car: you can park on the street in proximity to Jardin d’Acclimatation and even though there are quite a lot of spots, I recommend being there before 2 p.m. in order to find a place. You also can use the Parking of the Palais de Congress. By your ticket at the Entrance of Jardin d’Acclimatation and get a 50% reduction.

Prices and Rates

5€ p/P, free for kids under 3 years. The entrance includes playgrounds, zoos, gardens, and picnic areas. If you want to do activities like mary-go-rounds, rental boats, trampoline, etc, you need to purchase extra tickets. 1 ticket costs €2.90 (15 tickets for €35), some activities require 2 or more tickets.

Food and Drinks

Besides a restaurant and several snack bars, you can absolutely bring your own food and have a picnic 🙂

Know before you go:

Pack swim gear for your kids! In summer, they have fountains for the kids to play with!

Jardin d'Acclimatation - rent a boat and have a little cruise
Jardin d’Acclimatation – rent a boat and have a little cruise
Kids love the Jardin d'Acclimatation - it can be a welcome change to city life
my kids love the Jardin d’Acclimatation – it’s such a nice change to our normal city lifestyle
playing Piano in Jardin d’Acclimatation
taking a break from exploring the playground
A high robe installation – 2 levels, for the kids from 110 cm and from 140 cm
relaxing in the sun in one of the countless deck chairs that are freely available
That’s the best part of it; while the kids are playing and getting wild, I am relaxing in the sun with an audiobook… although, the freely available deck chairs are certainly helping
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