A fantastically family-friendly destination, France is all about enjoying the good life. Feast on delicious food, explore fairytale castles, gaze at famous art, splash in the Mediterranean, and even see wild horses…it’s easy to please everyone on a French vacation. Plan a trip your family will remember forever, with our pick of family destinations.
Play in Paris
This may be the best time ever to see Paris’s famous sights. Many monuments and museums are quieter than usual, while timed entry tickets ensure a limited number of visitors. Get your bearings with a family city tour, or try a Segway or bike tour to see the sights. Once you’ve got the lay of the land, It’s time to tick the big hitters off the bucket list: head up the Eiffel Tower to marvel at the views below, then stop off at the stunning Arc de Triomphe. Next visit the Louvre museum with its incredible collection of art and artefacts. Personalize your Louvre experience by choosing a treasure hunt tour, Egyptian art tour, or a private family tour. Explore the world of Impressionist art on a child-friendly tour of the Musée d’Orsay. Stroll the bohemian streets of Montmartre; or take the teens to edgy Belleville, to discover street art. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t go hungry! Get a taste of delicious French pastries and chocolates on family-friendly walking tours.
Stroll around Strasbourg
The charming city of Strasbourg boasts medieval architecture and a wonderful river and canal system. It’s also home to the European Parliament which you can zoom past on a kid-friendly Segway tour. Explore the city’s green spaces by bike, and afterwards enjoy a “tarte flambée” — this pizza-like flatbread is traditionally topped with sour cream, bacon, and onions, and will definitely be a culinary hit with little ones. The surrounding region of Alsace is filled with medieval villages and vineyards. Explore the area on day tours that include historical visits and, for the adults at least, wine tastings.
Bite your way through Bordeaux
Parents will be delighted to visit Bordeaux, the heart of France’s famous wine country. Luckily for the kids, there’s far more to the region than wine. Tour the city in a vintage Citroën 2CV, or burn some energy on a fun bike tour. Or how about a jet ski tour? That’s right, you can jet ski on the Garonne river and soak in the sights along the way. As Bordeaux is the home of great wine, it’s also the home of great food. Take a walking tour of the old town and visit the market, or taste your way through the city’s specialties on a food tour.
Plan a perfect break in Provence
Provence is France at its most idyllic, and it’s one of the most family-friendly destinations in the country to boot! Think rolling meadows, lavender fields, ancient villages, playful parks, and delectable food and wine. Get the kids active on an electric mountain bike tour to the Calanques National Park, leaving from Cassis or Marseille. Learn how to play the traditional game of pétanque, or go hunting in the forest for truffles and mushrooms. Foodie families will also enjoy visiting the markets of the Luberon area, while no summertime trip to Provence is complete without seeing the famous lavender fields. For a walk on the wild side, take the kids to the salt marshes of the Camargue. If they keep their eyes open, they’ll spot wild horses, black bulls, and even flamingos.
Fall in love with the Loire Valley
It’s fairytale castles all the way, when you visit the Loire Valley with your family. With over 300 Renaissance “chateaux”, this entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The kids can pretend to be royalty when you visit the magnificent castles of Chambord, Chenonceau, and Amboise. If you need a break from all the history, pop in to the ZooParc de Beauval to see hippos, pandas, kangaroos, and birdlife aplenty. Young inventors will enjoy a visit to the Da Vinci Home and Science Museum. Nothing, however, will beat the feeling of soaring in a hot-air balloon over the Loire Valley. Marvel at the endless views of the river and castles below in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Cool off in Corsica
A must for adventurous families, Corsica offers incredible scenery as well as fun water activities. Start your visit with a private tour of the town of Ajaccio with a local, or see the coastal sights on a boat tour. Get active and explore the towns and countryside on a Segway tour or explore the coast on an e-bike. Adventure experiences that promise fun for the whole family include aquatic hiking, with swimming, hiking, and a zip line, a day of canyoning, or touring the mountains in a 4×4 vehicle.
Revel in the Riviera
Add some ooh-la-la to your vacation, by spending time in the glamorous French Riviera. Don your designer shades as you take a Segway tour from Nice, see the sights of Cannes on an e-bike tour, or simply explore on your own by bicycle. The Riviera is the heart of the French perfume industry, and you can even involve your kids in creating a new perfume in a kid-friendly workshop while in Nice. Meanwhile, young anglers will get a kick out of heading out into the Med on a fishing trip to try and hook the big one. Staying on the water, take a boat trip from Nice to Monaco, or simply cruise the bays of Villefranche to see stunning mansions along the coastline.