Are you looking for a family friendly Paris vacation? Yes, it’s possible! You can take kids to Paris! This 3 day Paris itinerary is what you need to make the trip fun for everyone. The most important thing you need for this trip is a plan!
3 Day Paris Itinerary for the Best Family Trip EVER
3 Day Paris Itinerary: Day 1
The biggest mistake you can make when planning a family friendly Paris vacation is to overschedule the trip. Kids need downtime. They might even need time for naps (though that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in the hotel). You have to take into account the time difference too (which was 6 hours from our hometown of Atlanta). Give your kids time to acclimate and not push them to go, go, go. This is alone is going to be one of the keys to the happiness of your entire family. Our motto for this trip was: “We won’t see everything but what we do see we will enjoy!”
Fat Tire Paris Bike Tour
Waking up on your first day of Paris might make you feel a little like Belle during the opening scene of Disney’s Beauty and Beast. Have a quick breakfast at your Paris apartment and then head out for your first day!
After you wish “bonjour” to everyone on the street, hurry over to meet your family bike tour from Fat Tire Paris. This bike tour may just be the highlight of your trip to Paris. It was one of our favorite things to do during our family-friendly Paris vacation.
Got Little Kids?
The last stop of the Fat Tire Paris bike tour is at the Eiffel Tower. Have your guide that the prerequisite family photo here. Then after you return your bikes to the Fat Tire headquarters, walk the 20 minutes back and really experience the most recognized structure in France, perhaps the world, for yourself.
While it is awe-inspiring to look up at the Eiffel Tower, don’t let that be the only way you see it. Climb up to the top! Unless you have a child under the age of three, climbing to the top of the structure is a fantastic family activity. Don’t rush. Take your time on the way up, and at each level, and enjoy it.
Save Time and Skip the Line!
3 Day Paris Itinerary: Day 2
On day two, waking up should be a little easier. Have a hearty breakfast at your Paris apartment like fresh bread, cheese, and thick cut bacon. Then pack some snacks (of course) and head out for some culture!
There are dozens of museums in Paris. They feature every kind of artwork imaginable and all have art that is beautiful, rare, and truly inspiring. However, on a family friendly Paris vacation, I found limiting our museum visits worked well for our family. The one I definitely wanted to see was the Louvre Museum. It is so big though that I didn’t know where to start. I read that if you spent only 60 seconds looking at each of the objects at the Louvre, for eight hours each day, it would take you 75 days to see them all. Enormous is an understatement.
Why Context Tours Works for Familes
When I found that Context Tours offers a half-day family-friendly tour of the Louvre, I knew that would work best for our family. I am eternally grateful for that decision. We would have gotten lost and frustrated and totally stressed out without our guide.
Context Tours only offers small group tours with a max of six people, so we received a tour that only included our family. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the Louvre but also about relating to children. He engaged the kids from the beginning. We all learned so much. Seeing the Mona Lisa in person was fantastic, but learning the backstory to some of the other paintings and sculptures was what really made our day. We could not have learned a fraction of that by ourselves or even with using those audio guides.
Big Bus Paris tour
After a morning at the Louvre, grab a quick lunch at the Carrousel du Louvre, which is an underground mall and food court. (I admit, we did eat at McDonald’s.) Then, hop on the Metro for a quick ride over to the Big Bus Tour for a sightseeing tour of Paris. It is a hop-on-hop-off tour, though you may want to just stay on and let any little ones curl up and take a nap.
When you buy the Paris Pass, which I highly recommend, you receive a one day pass for this bus tour. You also get free admission to dozens of other museums including the Louvre (which will lower the price of your Context Tour).
3 Day Paris Itinerary: Day 3
When you are planning a family friendly Paris vacation, a trip to Disneyland Paris is just what the doctor ordered. Honestly, I think a Paris itinerary just isn’t complete without it. Wake up early grab some breakfast to go as well as some sandwiches and snacks for lunch and catch the Line A RER (Regional Express Network) train to its last stop at Marne-la-Vallee station. This 45-minute ride takes you right to the gates of Disneyland Paris.
What to eat at Disneyland Paris?
After seeing everything you can see, and you’ve ridden all the rides you can, grab dinner in Disney Village which is adjacent to the theme parks. It is similar to Disney Springs in Orlando. Vapiano, Five Guys, and Rain Forest Cafe are three great sit-down restaurants of various affordability.
If your kids can still hang, stay for the nightly fireworks before getting back on the RER and heading “home” to Paris.
Where to Stay in Paris?
We rented an apartment through HomeAway which I recommend for families as it gives you the space you need as well as allows you to cook meals if you want. (Read my top tips for renting a vacation rental here.)
This Paris itinerary will help give you a general idea of what should be planned for a fun, relaxing family friendly Paris vacation. While a 3-day itinerary is certainly pretty short, you really can see a good deal of the city by using tours and planning your time wisely.