Day 1 – Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe
Yay! You have finally arrived in Paris! Put on some comfortable shoes and go explore the most famous Avenue in the world! The Champs-Élisées is 1.2 miles long and goes from the famous Obelisque de Louxor to the majestic Ard de Triomphe.
Go up the Arc de Triomphe! It is so worth it. Security will keep your stroller for you at the base of the Arch. The views from up there are amazing, the line isn’t that long and the stair climb isn’t too bad – 4 year olds will be able to go the whole way. There is a gallery half way through the stairs so you and your kids can have a break from the climb to the top. Buy tickets in advance! Free admission under 18 years old!
Day 2 – Musée d’Orsay, Seine River, Eiffel Tower, Carousel
Get a pain au chocolat and a latte at a typical French Boulangerie and head Musée d’Orsay. Buy tickets in advance! If it is a beautiful day, walk along the river and admire the level of detail in each of the bridges. They are open air works of art!
Make your way to the Eiffel Tower. There you can have a nice picnic on the grass or if you want you can go all the way to the top! In case you decide to go up the tower I recommend buying tickets in advance.
End your day riding the Carousel near the Eiffel Tower (if you haven’t already!) It is so shiny and beautiful that it will catch your kids’ attention for sure. Enjoy and cherish the moment!
Day 3 – Best crêpes, Latin Quarter, Jardin du Luxembourg
Start your day by having breakfast at Breizh Café. They have 3 different locations in Paris and are normally completely booked out so make sure to have a reservation!
Explore the Latin Quarter. Take an Uber or a taxi if necessary, you cannot skip this charming part of the city. Roam around without a plan, soak in the atmosphere and make sure to pass by Place du Panthéon.
Then head to Le Jardin du Luxembourg. There, you can find a huge playground for your kids to play around, a nice green grassy area if you want to do a picnic and the park is just so beautiful you will want to walk and take many pictures!
Day 4 – Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Île de la Cité
Start your morning at The Louvre. You could easily spend the whole day here if your kids let you. Make sure to buy the tickets in advance to avoid long lines!
A 15 minute walk from the Louvre, you will find the Notre Dame Cathedral. There is a playground adjacent to the church in case your kids need a break from the Louvre before going inside the Cathedral.
Explore Île de la Cité, an island where the city of Paris first started, then grab some local cheese, bread and wine (buy disposable wines glasses) and find a place to sit near the Seine River. Watch the boats go by and tell your kids they will be going on one of them the next day!
Day 5 – Versailles Palace, Seine River night cruise
Spend most of your day at the Versailles Palace. You will love the palace and your kids will love getting ride of their energy in the gardens. I would recommend buying your tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines. You will need to buy special subway tickets to reach Versailles.
After exploring Versailles, come back to Paris in time to catch a ‘bateau mouche’ – the boats that do the night cruise on the Seine River. It is a magical way to say goodbye to the city of lights!