8 inexpensive family activities in Paris

8 inexpensive family activities in Paris

December 8th, 2023

Paris is the ideal destination for a family vacation. Between historical monuments and cultural places, there is no shortage of ideas for outings. But you still have to have the means, because as a family, the budget can quickly explode. Fortunately, the Cadet residence has listed 8 inexpensive family activities in Paris for you .

The Great Gallery of Evolution

Located in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution knows how to put stars in the eyes of young and old. As soon as you arrive under the 1,000 m² glass roof of the National Museum of Natural History , the display of marine and land animals intrigues and arouses curiosity.

You will then learn, in a fun and dynamic way, all the secrets of the evolution of man and animals , through an educational scenography composed of more than 7,000 stuffed specimens (450 birds, 350 mammals, 360 fish, around a hundred of reptiles…).

Price: €7 to €13, possibility of a family rate

The Porte Dorée tropical aquarium

In the 12th arrondissement of Paris, the Porte Dorée tropical aquarium immerses you in the heart of aquatic biodiversity. Since its inauguration in 1931, this Paris aquarium has been a family activity not to be missed. Parents and children learn about salt and fresh waters around the world, discovering more than 5,000 animals from 300 different species. From vibrant coral reefs to dark abysses, exploration is as educational as it is entertaining.

Not to be missed are the Nile crocodile pool, African dwarf crocodiles and albino alligators!

Price: 7 to 10 €

The archaeological crypt of the Île de la Cité

On the square in front of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, you can take your whole family to discover the archaeological crypt of the Île de la Cité . A real journey through time then begins, through more than 2,000 years of history. From ancient Gallo-Roman Lutetia to medieval Paris, the exposed remains relate the architectural and urban evolution of the capital .

To offer children a fun and educational visit, models, slideshows and guided tours are offered to enhance the experience.

Price: €7 to €9, free for under 18s

The gallery of Man

The Galerie de l’Homme is part of the Musée de l’Homme , in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. On the Place du Trocadéro, the permanent collections invite you to explore the origins, diversity and destiny of the human species, through artifacts, interactive exhibitions and multimedia installations.

The numerous treasures are divided into 3 main themes: “Who are we?”, “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?”. The discovery of the human being involves the mobilization of the 5 senses, which makes the visit very fun. We observe, we touch, we listen, we play, we feel…

Price: €10 to €13, free for under 25s

Stroll through the Tuileries gardens

Walks in Parisian parks are one of the free activities that appeal to young and old alike. Between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries garden is the ideal place to stroll with the family and get a breath of fresh air. It’s an opportunity to discover the French gardens, to relax and have fun.

For children, play areas are accessible free of charge, and many activities are offered, such as floating a small boat on the waters of the Grand Bassin, participating in a treasure hunt, or riding a trampoline.

Price: free visit and activities at low prices (3 to 5 €)

A gourmet visit to the Chocolate Museum

Foodies young and old will love discovering the origins of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum , in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. On the menu: scent bars, chocolate tastings, utensil collections and fun activities.

For younger children, a fun trail makes the experience more fun, and they can even take part in children’s workshops to make their own chocolate.

Price: €6 to €8, free for children under 6 years old

The Arab World Institute

In the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the Institut du Monde Arabe is one of the free museums for those under 26. Behind this immense glass building hides an incredible collection of objects and works of art relating the history of Arab culture . The link that unites France with the Arab world is highlighted here through temporary and permanent exhibitions and contributes to better understanding and better Franco-Arab dialogue.

Price: €4 to €8, free for under 26s

The Acclimatization Garden

Initially, the Jardin d’Acclimatation aimed to familiarize Parisians with the fauna and flora. We then find a huge green space with many species of flowers and trees. For the youngest, it is above all a large open-air amusement park . Located in the 16th arrondissement, this 18-hectare Paris garden offers 42 rides, attractions and play areas for young and old, as well as the discovery of 450 animals.

Price: €27 to €46, free for children under 80 cm, and possibility of a family rate

Free family outings: good deals in Paris

To visit Paris with your family inexpensively, you need to know some good tips. First of all, you should know that many Parisian museums offer free entry every 1st Sunday of the month . This is the case, in particular, of the Center Pompidou (national museum of modern art), the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, the musée du quai Branly, and the Musée Guimet.

Other museums and permanent exhibitions are also free all year round , for everyone. This is the case, for example, of the Bourdelle museum, the Petit Palais, or even the museum of romantic life.

Finally, certain museums and historical sites are also free for all young people under 26 , such as the Louvre Museum, the Rodin Museum, the Army Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Victor Hugo House or the Pantheon .Are you planning to stay in Paris? After booking your family apartment hotel At the Cadet residence, you can discover the capital through inexpensive activities that will please everyone.

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