The top 9 kid-friendly destinations in Nice

27 Jul 2020
Paillon Park 

There are lots of places in Nice that the whole family can enjoy. There are indoor and outdoor parks with rides and shows, museums with child-friendly exhibits, and much more. Here are nine places you can visit with children that are sure to keep everyone entertained. We even have a map for you! Don't miss out on these fun family activities. 

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Marineland park 

Marineland park 

This entertainment complex comprises 5 parks and is located in Antibes, halfway between Nice and Cannes. If you ask people who have been there if it's worth spending your time and money to visit, the answer will likely be a unanimous "of course!". You'll find something here for everyone to do:

  • Enjoy rides like rope swings, Ferris wheels, rollercoasters and more. 
  • Walk through an underwater tunnel with transparent walls where you can watch sea creatures, including sharks. 
  • Watch a show with dolphins, seals, orcas and sea lions. 

Marineland park 

  • Play in a water park with many rides including water slides that are over 2 km long and an artificial wave pool. 
  • See happy penguins living in an environment designed to closely resemble their natural habitat. 

You can also visit the Butterfly Jungle and the Wild West Farm that are nearby. 

The address is 306 Avenue Mozart, Antibes. You can get there by car; on the 23, 100 or 200 buses; or on a train (Biot station). 

It's open from 10 to 10 in the summer, 10 to 6 in September, and 10 to 5 until the end of the year. 

Tickets cost 39.50 euros for adults, 32.50 for children 3-12, and are free for children under 3. There are also several combined ticket packages for the whole family. We recommend getting tickets online since the prices are significantly lower. 

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Luna Park Indoor 

Luna Park Indoor 

This is a place where both children and adults alike can have fun to their hearts' content. No matter what kinds of rides you like, you can find them here: there are more than 130 of them! Luna Park is always crowded and full of the sounds of laughter and excitement from those who decided to ride the carousels and rollercoasters. 

The address is Palais des Expositions Esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny, Nice. 

It's open every day from 2 to 11 and to 1 am on Saturdays. It closes at 8 on December 24 and at 9 on December 31. 

Tickets cost 2-3 euros for a child and 4-6 euros for adults. 

Phoenix park 

Phoenix park 

This gorgeous spot is across from the Cote d'Azur airport to the west of the city. This park has innumerable interesting animals including kangaroos, owls, otters, parrots, iguanas and many more. There are over 2,500 types of plants and trees from all over the world here, along with a separate greenhouse where you can see predatory plants and rare orchids with your own eyes. Once an hour you can enjoy the "singing" fountain whose waters "dance" to classical music. 

The address is 405 Promenade des Anglais, Nice. You can get there from the city on a 9, 10, or 23 bus (Saint Augustin bus stop). 

It's open from October 1 to March 31 from 9:30 to 6 and from April 1 to September 30 from 9:30 to 7:30. 

Tickets cost 5 euros, 3 for children and are free for children under 12. 

The museum of animated art, L'Art en Mouvement 

The museum of animated art, L'Art en Mouvement 

This is a place with a surprisingly magical atmosphere. You'll go to a unique show with dolls and musical jewelry boxes. Wou'll probably find one you like so much that you won't be able to stop watching the miniature doll theater. The museum owner is a real fan of animation. He'll gladly tell you about the history of everything in the hall. This place is currently closed and is preparing to move. It will soon open in a new building. 

Parc Zoologique de Frejus 

Parc Zoologique de Frejus 

A trip to the zoo is always enjoyable and memorable for kids and adults alike. Don't miss out on the Frejus zoo in Nice's suburbs. You'll find elephants, Siberian tigers, lions, panthers, crocodiles, penguins, tigers, zebras, ostriches and many other exotic animals and birds. While in the zoo, you can get something to eat in a nice cafe and feed the animals. 

The address is 240 rue Hubert Masquefa - Le Capitou, Frejus. It's 35 km from Nice on the 20 bus from the airport.

The hours are 10 to 6 from June 1 to August 31, 10 to 5 March 1 to May 31 and from September 1 to October 31, and 10:30 to 4:30 November 1 to February 28. 

Tickets cost 17 euros for adults, 12 for children and are free for children under 3. 

Florian confectionary 

Florian confectionary 

This local tourist attraction is a museum, shop, and factory all in one. During the tourist season, there are free tours for visitors, and the guide will tell you how the various sweets are made. There are many of them, including candied mandarins, candies of various flavors, colorful and fruity jams, sugar- and chocolate-covered fruits and much more. 

It's hard to visit without spending some money. You'll finish the tour in the candy shop, with tons of different options. It'll be hard to pass on the jasmine, rose and violet jams. You'll also probably want to try the lemon-orange candies that may be hidden in a chocolate shell. 

The address is 14 Quai Papacino, Nice. 

It's open every day from 9 to 12 and from 2 to 6:30. It's closed on December 25. 

You can visit for free, but bring some money for a few treats! 

Paillon Park 

Paillon Park 

This green park is the perfect place for a walk or some outdoor games. The 12-hectare area has emerald-green grass and two thousand well-kept trees. The park entrance has a thin sheet of water and streams that come from underground. They're great to walk through on a hot summer day. 

The park has a real children's amusement park that has something for even the tiniest children, with areas for older children as well. You'll be amazed by the rides. There are always tons of kids year all year round, so happy laughter can be heard even at night. 

It's next to Place Massena. 

It's open 24-7. 

You can visit for free. 

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Carol de Roumanie park 

Carol de Roumanie park 

This is an original park that your kids will love. You can ride a bike or rollerskates here, play golf and badminton, or just have a picnic on the fresh grass. There's a kid’s water park that opens in mid-May. In addition, you'll find an area for young children as well as rides and slides for older children. 

The address is 23 avenue de Fabron, Nice. 

It's open 24-7. 

You can visit for free. 

Bois des Lutins park 

Bois des Lutins park 

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This wonderful place is in Villeneuve-Loubet, a small coastal town near Nice. A trip to this park will be a real adventure for you and your child. Through the close, huge trees there is a delightful meadow where gnomes and elves live. There is much to do depending on your child's age and height, including trampolines, rope bridges, rides, underground caves. 

You'll see the gnomes' home, walk through a huge, dark tunnel, ride on a gondola and relax in a treehouse hammock. You can eat lunch in the park at one of the tables or go to a small cafe and try various local dishes. 

The address is 2559 RD2085 Villeneuve-Loubet. 

It's open every day from 10 to 6 and on Wednesdays it opens at 11. 

Tickets cost 8 euros for children from 2 to 4 and 16 for children over 5. 

As you can see, Nice is a great vacation place for children. If you're tired of going to museums, parks and rides, you can relax on one of the beaches. Almost every one has a children's playground where your kid can have fun under your supervision or the supervision of a playground worker. 

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Finally, we recommend downloading our audio guide for Nice. It will help make your city walks more interesting and informative. 

We also recommend going on a guided tour of Nice

Have a great vacation! 

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