Hello, fellow adventurers! Join us on a journey through the enchanting streets of Paris as we explore the City of Lights with our 4-year-old in tow. In this blog post, we’ll share our experiences, tips, and the magical moments that made our four days in Paris truly unforgettable.
Day 1: Exploring the Iconic Eiffel Tower and 15th Arrondissement
Staying close to the heart of the action proved to be a game-changer for our Parisian getaway. Our hotel’s proximity to the Eiffel Tower allowed us to indulge in daily visits, each offering a unique perspective of the cityscape. The convenience of stepping outside and being greeted by the Eiffel Tower’s enchanting presence is a luxury we highly recommend. The proximity to the Eiffel Tower meant that enchanting views and spontaneous picnics in the Champ de Mars became our daily ritual.
Pro Tip: Even if your accommodation is a bit farther from the main attractions, navigating Paris is a breeze with the efficient metro system. It’s a quick and convenient way to reach any corner of the city, ensuring that you can make the most of your time.
Transportation: Taxi, Metro, Bus, and Stroller
Getting around Paris with a 4-year-old requires a mix of transportation options. We utilized taxis, the efficient metro system, and buses, but we also cherished leisurely strolls through the charming streets. A lightweight stroller proved indispensable for tired little legs.
Au Pacific Hotel: A Perfect Family Haven
Nestled in a safe and vibrant neighborhood within the 15th Arrondissement, the Au Pacific Hotel turned out to be the perfect haven for our family. Surrounded by charming shops and bakeries, we found ourselves immersed in the authentic Parisian experience. The hotel’s strategic location, with two nearby metro stations, made exploring the city a breeze.
Hotel Amenities: Complimentary coffee and water in the lobby added a thoughtful touch to our stay, allowing us to start our days energized and hydrated. While tap water is safe to drink in Paris, these little conveniences contributed to the overall comfort of our stay.
Why it’s Great for Kids: The spacious parks around the Eiffel Tower offer a perfect setting for little ones to run, play, and marvel at the iconic structure.
Day 2: Iconic Landmarks and Family-Friendly Fun
- Arc de Triomphe: The grandeur of the Arc de Triomphe captivated our little one’s imagination. Don’t forget to take the underground passage to reach the monument safely.
- Pont de Bir-Hakeim: This stunning bridge not only offers breathtaking views but also serves as a fantastic spot for a family photoshoot.
- Trocadero: Overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero’s expansive gardens provided ample space for our child to play and enjoy the cityscape.
- Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel: Make sure to have a ride, especially your little one, and have your photo taken with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop. Guaranteed memories that will last a lifetime.
Why They’re Great for Kids: These landmarks offer both visual spectacle and space for kids to explore, ensuring an engaging experience for the whole family.
Day 2 Continued: A Spectacular Evening at the Arc de Triomphe
Our visit to the Arc de Triomphe coincided with a special day in French history—Armistice Day, a national holiday. As we approached the monument in the evening, the atmosphere was electric. To our delight, a spectacular light show unfolded, casting a mesmerizing glow on the iconic structure. It was a moment of sheer magic that added an unexpected and unforgettable touch to our Parisian adventure.
Day 3: Art and Shopping Extravaganza
Visiting Cultural Gems
As an art lover and someone who has studied History of Art in university, there is always a museum on my itinerary whenever we’re travelling to a big city. I hope to transfer my love of art and fine taste to my son as well.
- The Louvre: While exploring the Louvre with a 4-year-old might seem ambitious, focusing on a few key exhibits and utilizing family-friendly tours can make it an enriching experience.
Before visting Paris we’ve been talking a lot about the things we were going to do here with our son, and oone of those things involved visiting the Louvre and seeing Mona Lisa’s smile. He was so happy when we arrived there. We were reading the book “This is Paris” by Miroslav Sasek, and from the Louvre souvenir shop we picked up two more books, one of which is with Barbapapa – one of my son’s favorite cartoon characters. I speak French, so I am able to translate it to him.
2. Galeries Lafayette: The iconic department store isn’t just for fashion enthusiasts; the rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Paris, leaving our little one wide-eyed.
Why They’re Great for Kids: Exposing children to art and culture at a young age fosters curiosity and creativity.
Day 4: Whimsical Gardens and the Unseen Sacre Coeur
Exploring Parisian Gardens:
Amidst our Parisian escapade, a visit to the Jardin des Tuileries unfolded as a whimsical interlude. The gardens, with their manicured lawns and charming pathways, provided our 4-year-old with a spacious playground for exploration. The merry-go-round and playground equipment dotted around the area added an extra layer of delight, making it a perfect spot for families. We also managed to visit Les Invalides on foot, this is where Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb is located.
Year-Round Magic: Whether blanketed in the vibrant hues of spring blooms or adorned with the golden glow of autumn leaves, the Jardin des Tuileries proved to be a magical retreat for children. Every season added a unique charm to our leisurely strolls.
Place de la Concorde:
Adjacent to the gardens, Place de la Concorde beckoned with its grandeur and historical significance. The open square, adorned with statues and fountains, provided a splendid backdrop for family photos.
Why It’s Great for Kids: The vastness of Place de la Concorde offers ample space for kids to run and play, providing a welcome break from more structured sightseeing.
Despite meticulous planning, sometimes the weather has different plans. On our last day, unexpected rain dashed our hopes of visiting Sacre Coeur. However, adaptability is key, and we found alternative indoor activities to keep the excitement alive.
Weather Preparedness: Drizzles in the City of Lights
As any seasoned traveler to Paris knows, the city can be drizzly, especially during certain times of the year. Our trip encountered a sprinkle of rain, reminding us of the importance of being weather-ready.
Pro Tip: Pack an umbrella or raincoat for you and your little one. This simple preparation ensures that a sudden drizzle won’t dampen your spirits as you explore the enchanting streets and parks of Paris.
Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a 4-Year-Old:
We never leave a city we’ve visited without some memorable and useful sounvenirs. We found this wonderful puzzle called “Mon Mini Puzzle de Paris” which was a very fun activity for both me and my son. Also, we found this book on Alexander the Great in French and I decided to buy it because the history was accurately depicted and I know that one day my son will cherish it as much as we do. It really makes a great souvenir.
- Itinerary Planning: Create a flexible itinerary that accommodates your child’s pace and interests. Be prepared to adapt on the go.
- Snacks and Drinks: Stock up on your child’s favorite snacks and drinks. This not only keeps them satisfied but also provides comfort during travel.
- Games and Entertainment: Pack small games, coloring books, and electronic devices to keep your little one entertained, especially during long flights or waits.
- Staying Cool: If flying, dress your child in layers, as airplane temperatures can vary. A small, portable fan can be a lifesaver during warm weather.
- Enjoy the Journey: Paris is a city to be experienced, so take the time to savor the moments, whether you’re strolling along the Seine or marveling at the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling lights.
A Parisian Adventure Enriched
As we reflect on our family adventure in Paris, the addition of Jardin des Tuileries and Place de la Concorde serves as a testament to the city’s multifaceted charm. From iconic landmarks to sprawling gardens, every corner of Paris has a story to tell.
So, future travelers, as you plan your itinerary, consider weaving in the enchantment of Parisian gardens and squares. Rain or shine, these spaces offer a delightful respite for both young and old, ensuring that your Parisian adventure is as vibrant as the city itself.