Paris is the city of lights and lovers, but when you’re traveling with kids you have other priorities. There are only so many museums, cathedrals, arcs and towers they can tolerate before sparking their own little French revolution. You don’t have to sacrifice your entire itinerary to cater to your youngsters’ needs, but a little give and take compromise is advised. Pepper your trip with a few strategic park pit stops and everyone will be happier. Here is a roundup of the best kid-friendly parks in Paris.
1. Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Gardens is a meticulously manicured 60 acre park on the Left Bank. It’s one of the largest greenspaces in Paris, enjoyable for parents and children alike. Grownups will appreciate the exquisite flower beds, sculpture gardens, fountains and cafés, while the kids will revel in the enclosed playground area. Don’t miss the age-old wooden carousel circa 1879 where generations of young riders have been challenged to “go for the brass ring” as they circle around with lance in hand. Pony rides, puppet shows and crepe kiosks add that je ne sais quoi. The highlight is the large fountain pond in front of the Senate House where youngsters can rent vintage wooden sailboats to poke around.