3. Champ de Mars
Champ de Mars is a large public park between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militare. This is an ideal central location for a picnic or run around. Unlike other manicured parks, this not a “keep off the grass” type venue. There are several small play grounds scattered about, plus a carousel (of course), a old fashioned hand-cranked merry-go-round, pony rides and a classic marionette puppet theater. Kids of all ages and languages seem to love that Guignol character’s brand of physical comedy. You can rent bikes and go for a spin or you might even catch a concert at the gazebo on a Sunday afternoon. You can’t beat that tower view as you relax or play with your children.