Paris with a toddler: 4 day itinerary

If you are traveling to Paris with a toddler, and wondering what to do so that you and your baby can enjoy the city, I will give you my 4 day itinerary. I hope it will give a good idea of what is in Paris for a toddler to enjoy. Also, I’ll provide detailed information about different places we visited. You can use that to figure out which places you want to visit, and which to leave out of the list.

What to do in Paris with a toddler

We spend 5 days, 4 nights in Paris. So I will go ahead and describe our itinerary.

A toddler in Paris

Day 1: The arrival

We arrived in Paris airport CDG in the morning. Then boarded a taxi that took us to Hotel Du Cadran. We left our suitcases at the front desk to explore the city immediately.

To fight the jet lag, I planned outdoor activities for the first day. So we went for a River Cruise, and a walk in the Champ de Mars.

The River Cruise

We took a 15 minute walk to the Bateaux Parisiens pier. We were early for the pre booked cruise. So we took a slow stroll through the Eiffel Tower that is close to the pier. I had bought tickets in advance, the line was short, and the one hour cruise was a great idea. You and your little one(s) will enjoy the ride and the unique perspective of Paris that cruising the Seine River offers.

Seine River Cruise

We brought our umbrella stroller with us. I had no problems  walking around with it, or bringing it inside the boat. For more details about a stroller to travel, check out my post about The perfect stroller to travel the globe.

Globetrotter in Paris

Champ de Mars

After the cruise, we relaxed and walked around the green areas in Champ de Mars. There is a cute play area, perfect for kids and toddlers, right next to the Eiffel Tower. You can sit, relax and watch the kids play. We mostly saw locals and their kids. Around the park there are so many benches or green areas  to sit. We actually came back a couple of times in the following days because we just loved it.

Play time at Champ de Mars

If you and your kids still have some energy left on the first day, you can walk to the Rodin Museum. It’s a great Museum to go with kids. Lots of outdoor sculptures, green areas and nice gardens.

We went to bed early to recover from the jet lag. It worked out well. We slept great and were fresh and full of energy next morning.

Day 2: Notre Dame and Louvre Museum

Notre Dame

We woke up early and took the Paris Metro at Ecole Militaire Station to visit Notre Dame. We explored Notre Dame Cathedral first (free), then got in the line to access the towers. While one of us waited in line, the rest went into a coffee shop across the Cathedral for hot chocolate. That made the wait easier. The entrance to the towers is outside the cathedral on the left side. We were able to leave the stroller at the entrance.

Can’t wait to see gargoyles

Take into consideration that there are 420 spiraling stairs. Totally worth being able to enjoy the 360 view of Paris and the Seine. And for my toddler seeing the gargoyles was lots of fun. We bought the Paris Museum Pass there as well.

Gargoyle watching the Seine
Notre Dame Towers

For us, it was a better value to get the Paris Museum Pass compared to Paris Pass. But that depends on what places and things you want to do.

View from Notre Dame towers. Can you see Eiffel Tower?

Up for more fun in the island?. Visit Sainte Chapelle which is included with your Paris Museum Pass.

We had read the book This is Paris together back home to show her what to expect during our trip. The perfect book when traveling to Paris with a Toddler.

On your way out of the island (Ile de la Cite), I would suggest stopping by Pont Neuf Bridge for few minutes. You can enjoy the unique view of Notre-Dame and the Eiffel tower.

After visiting Notre Dame, we walked and had lunch at La Palette.

Louvre Museum

We walked to Louvre and entered through the Porte Des Lions Entrance with our Paris Museum Pass. This way you can avoid the crowded Pyramid entrance. We went right through with our stroller. The best part, this entrance is very close to the Gioconda. I’m sure you don’t want to miss it.

I would say choose in advance which wings/areas you want to visit. That way you will know exactly where you want to go. Take a look at the museum map and exhibitions. We enjoyed the Egyptian wing very much. Also, make sure it’ll be open the day you are planning to visit.

Tuileries Gardens

Feeling tired after the museum?. Visiting Paris with a toddler can be tiring. Especially after a big museum such as Louvre. You can rest and relax at the Tuileries Gardens. Find a bench and relax with your family. Enjoy the landscape. Just sit and watch. It is such a beautiful place. We actually returned here later on our trip.

Once in Tuileries Gardens you cannot miss visiting Tea House Angelina for a treat. Angelina is right across the gardens on Rue de Rivoli and it’s a great place for coffee, pastries and hot chocolate.

Day 3: Eiffel Tower and Bus Tour

Eiffel Tower

We headed to Eiffel Tower first thing in the morning. There was no line when we got there. We had bought tickets in advance to explore Eiffel Tower all the way up. That saved us time as well. By the time we left Eiffel tower there was quite a long line to go up. I was glad that I got the first time slot around 9am.

Fist stop in Eiffel Tower.

We liked it, but I’m not so sure if it was worth paying extra to go all the way up. The view was not what I expected. I enjoyed more the city view at the tower in Notre Dame Cathedral.

Watch out for your purse/wallet/backpack. While in there we heard of someone who got her purse stolen.

L’open Tour

I got the 1 day pass on L’open Tour. You can board the Paris Open Tour Bus right next to Eiffel Tower. I loved that you have the flexibility to Hop-Off Hop-On on whichever stop you want. Take a look at the lines and stops available here. That day we took green line stop 16 (Eiffel Tower).

Good view from top of the L’open Bus

The Orangerie Museum

We visited Orangerie Museum which I have to say is a good option if exploring Paris with a toddler or older kids. The museum is medium size, and not as crowded as d’Orsay and Louvre. The famous Water Lilies by Monet are here so we sat in the room and contemplated it for a while. After our trip, my daughter would draw something and would say it was a Monet. Beautiful place and easy to visit with kids. Included in your Paris Museum Pass as well.

Monet’s Lilies at The Orangerie

Day 4: Place du Tertre and Sacre Coeur

Place du Tertre

At the top of the hill you will find the famous Painters Square. It’s a colorful place full of charm, and things to see and buy. In the heart of MontMartre you can find the Dali museum. You can enjoy some ice cream or coffee in the small shops, and look around at the artists’ work.
To get to the top of the hill is quite a challenge if you have a stroller. We did it, but it was not easy. On the way down we learned the lesson and took the Funicular that is located a few steps down the church.

Sacre Coeur Basilica

On top of the Montmartre you can also find the Church Sacre Coeur. And it happens to be the highest point in the city of Paris.

Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre are surrounded by street performers, musicians and artists of all kind. Our child enjoyed the most the music and a performer that was making huge bubbles. I liked the most sitting by the steps of the Basilica and watching the panoramic view of Paris as well as a street performer balancing a soccer ball while standing and hanging from a light post.

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