3 Day Paris Itinerary for the Best Family Trip

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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!

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Day 1

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.

From the comfort of two-wheels, see a wide variety of the most important and iconic places in Paris. You also get a brief, kid-friendly history of each passing monument, museum, and important destination. And it’s all in English so don’t worry if you aren’t up to date on your French.

Eiffel Tower

Don’t rush. Take your time on the way up, and at each level, and enjoy it.

By walking up the 669 steps to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, instead of taking the elevator, you will feel proud of your accomplishment and your kids will too. In addition, the lines are shorter. The cost is substantially lower. And active kids will get to burn off some more energy.
If you really don’t want to walk up or wait in line, I’d suggest one of the ‘Skip the Line’ tours from Fat Tire Paris. It isn’t cheap but may be worth it to you!
Afterward, grab dinner at the local grocery store, Monoprix. They have delicious bakeries and deli counters and most have comfortable seating for families. And it is super affordable. The kids still talk about our many baguettes and brie sandwiches served with a cold Coca-Cola in a glass bottle.

Day 2

Louvre Museum

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.

Big Bus Paris tour

Day 3

Disneyland Paris

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.

Take in the awesome, pink-tinged Sleeping Beauty Castle and ride your fill of both thrilling and tame rides in the two parks, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios. Walk between parks during the day (provided you have a multi-park ticket). While there are some similar rides to those Walt Disney World and Disneyland, others are totally unique.

Activities: 

Fat Tire Paris Bike Tour

Eiffel Tower

Louvre Museum

Big Bus Paris tour

Disneyland Paris

 

Travel tips: 

What to eat at Disneyland Paris?

Stop for a picnic lunch you brought from outside when the kids get hungry. This will save you from standing in line and paying exorbitant prices for theme park food. Don’t miss the entertaining parades that happen throughout the day. You can get super close as the French seem to not be too impressed.

Where to Stay in Paris?

We rented an apartment which I recommend for families as it gives you the space you need as well as allows you to cook meals if you want.