Paris is a city where childhood dreams come true. Even adults love going to Disneyland or riding on a carousel near the Eiffel Tower. Now, we'll write what other types of entertainment there are in Paris.
The only official Disneyland park in Europe, Paris Disneyland is actually two parks: Disneyland, with Sleeping Beauty's castle, and Disney Studios which has more attractions for adults. We've written in great detail about the park in a few articles, and you can buy tickets here so you won't lose time in lines.
The address is Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray.
If you want something really French, go to Park Asterix. You'll find characters from the famous comics to take you on a journey to ancient Gaul, Rome and Egypt. The tickets include a shuttle to the park, which is great since it's not easy to get there.
If you want to get there on your own, you need to go to the 1st terminal of Charles de Gaulle airport and take a special bus.
Asterix Park has many water rides, so it's only open from April to October.
Tickets cost 43 Euros for children and 45 for adults.
The address is Parc Asterix, 60128 Plailly.
The city of science and industry La Villete (Cite de Sciences et de l'Industrie La Villete) is an amazing museum for people of all ages. There are two exhibits for kids from 2-7 or 5-12 years old, a planetarium, interesting permanent exhibits and varying temporary ones, and a 3D movie theater. You'll have a great family adventure for the whole day.
The address is 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris.
The closest metro station is Porte de la Villette (line 7).
It's open from 10 to 6, or until 7 on Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
Tickets cost from 9 to 12 Euros.
Their site is lavillette.com.
Palace of Discovery
Palais de la Decouverte technically is part of La Villette, but it's in the middle of Paris, between the Seine and Champs Elysees. The Large and Small Palaces have very interesting scientific exhibitions, including a room for Pi and a planetarium.
The address is Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris
You can take the RER C to the Invalides station or the metro to Champs Elysees-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).
Tickets cost from 3 to 9 Euros.
The official site is www.palais-decouverte.fr.
The Paris zoo was under repairs for a long time, but it's open again. The zoo has changed a lot, and it's amazing with its lack of cages for the animals. It's next to the Bois de Vincennes, where people like to walk with their kids, ride a boat on the lake or through the park on a bike.
The address is Route de la ceinture du lac Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.
The metro station is Porte Doree (line 8).
Tickets are 15 Euros for children and 20 for adults.
The zoo's site is parczoologiquedeparis.fr.
The huge botanical garden is one of the oldest in Europe. There are several museums, including the Gallery of Evolution, a beautiful square and a small, wonderful zoo.
The address is 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris.
Metro stations Gare d'Austerlitz on line 5, Censier Daubenton on line 7, and Jussieu and Gare d'Austerlitz on line 10.
Tickets for the museum and exposition start at 9 Euros.
It's open from 8 to 6:30 in the summer and 'til 5:30 in the winter.
Their site is www.jardindesplantesdeparis.fr.
Museum of Magic
The Musee de la Magie is famous for its unique collection. It has the history of every trick, a hall of illusions, and interactive presentation. The museum has a collection of machines that were used in fairs and were very popular in the 19th and 20th centuries. If you fancy yourself a magician, they can check your skills give you a certificate. There are special magic classes for kids.
It's open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7.
Tickets cost 14 Euros for adults and 10 for children.
The address is 11 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris.
The closest metro station is Saint-Paul, Bastille ou Sully-Morland (lines 1, 4, 5, and 7).
The museum's site is museedelamagie.com.
The Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione is interesting because it's housed in an old building that was built in the 19th century, and it has a long and interesting history. It's a real, classic, European circus.
There are several shows a day. Usually they're at 2, 5 and 8. You can learn the program on their site.
Tickets cost start at 10 Euros.
The address is 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris.
In the summer there are rides, a small Ferris wheel and simple games in the amusement park Tuileries. And in the spring, you can go to the oldest fair in Europe, the Foire du Trone, in the Bois de Vincennes.
Museum of Fair Art
The Musee des Arts Forains is famous for its collection of old wooden carousels, which are mechanical rides from the 20th century. They also have machines that performed joking operas and other silly things. The only problem is that it's only open to the public during Christmas break. Otherwise you can only get in on a tour.
It's open from 9 to 7.
The address is 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris.
The metro station is Station Cour St Emilion (line 14).
Tours cost 16.80 Euros for adults and 8.80 for children. Tickets during the Christmas holidays cost from 8.80 to 14.80 Euros.
Their site is arts-forains.com.
Other than the things on this list, Paris has many children's stores (there's a Disney store on Champs Elysees, which is one of the most popular), play areas including carousels, fountain parks (you can even go on a boat in the summer) and other festivities.
Enjoy your family vacation!