5 Top Sights in Paris

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Paris is possible to travel to with a baby. In fact, it is a wonderful city to explore on a family vacation. Here are 5 top sights in Paris that you and your baby can't miss. Read more at www.BabyCanTravel.com/blog

Paris may not be the first place people think of when planning a trip with their baby, but it’s a wonderful city to explore even with a baby.  Imagine yourself sitting with a picnic looking up at the Eiffel Tower while your little one plays in the sand in the nearby play area... 

 

Here are five other sights in Paris that you and your baby will enjoy together: 

1. Arc De Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe Paris With Baby

Commissioned by Emperor Napoleon in 1806 after a victory in Austerlitz, the Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary wars.  

STROLLER ACCESSIBILITY

 

We do not recommend bringing a stroller to the Arc de Triomphe for two reasons:

  1. The Arc de Triomphe sits in the middle of the largest traffic circle in the world.  In order to access it you need to take an underground passage which takes you under the circle.  The only way in and out of the passageway is via a set of stairs.  Of course, stairs are still manageable with a stroller, it's just an inconvenience.
  2. You are unable to bring your stroller to the top of the Arc.  There is an elevator which will take you halfway, but from there the only way to the top is via a tight spiral staircase which makes bringing a stroller infeasible.

PLACES TO BREASTFEED

 

Once at the top of the Arc, there are places to sit and feed your baby, but due to the popularity of this attraction, you will have very little privacy.  If this option does not suit you, your best bet would be to find a nearby restaurant or café.

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INTERESTING FOR BABY?

 

If your baby is old enough to notice, they may enjoy it if you climb to the top - being up high is kind of fun and they can look down on the world from a new vantage point. Depending on the time of day you visit, you can give them some time to crawl, walk around or people watch. 

Arc de Triomphe Paris with Baby

OUR EXPERIENCE

 

After settling into our apartment in the 7e arrondissement of Paris on our first afternoon, we decided to do something nearby.  The Arc de Triomphe fit the bill perfectly.  We crossed the Seine River and came across the Flame of Liberty Memorial.  This replica of the Statue of Liberty flame was placed here in 1987 as a symbol of the friendship between the United States and France.  The flame was covered with flowers as it has become an unofficial memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, who tragically died in the tunnel underneath in 1997.

 

A short while later, we reached the Arc.  It is such an impressive and imposing monument, we couldn't help but stop and admire it for a while.  After taking a lot of pictures we made our way under the traffic circle via the underground passageways.  The stairs up and down the tunnel were no issue as we had our daughter in a baby carrier as we knew we'd be climbing stairs in the Arc.  After buying our entry tickets we made our way back to street level and marveled at the beauty of the monument from immediately underneath.  

 

Then we started making our way up the 284 steps to the top of the Arc.  The views of Paris from the top are worth the effort to get there.  It was a great idea to do this as our first activity as it gave us a good perspective where everything in Paris is.  Of course, the views of the Eiffel Tower can't be beat, but we also enjoyed the views of Sacré-Cœur, Champs-Élysées and Notre-Dame.


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2. Notre-Dame

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With French gothic architecture, beautiful stained glass windows and bell towers with gargoyles it's easy to see why this is one of Paris' most visited attractions. 

STROLLER ACCESSIBILITY

 

You will be able to see approximately two-thirds of the cathedral with your stroller, including the nave, side aisles and transept.  There are small steps found on the main level, but nothing that will get in your way.  

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PLACES TO BREASTFEED

 

The cathedral is wrapped by a well treed park to the south and east.  There are many park benches within this park, which makes for a nice place to stop and feed your child.

INTERESTING FOR BABY?

 

The brightly colored towering stained glass windows will likely capture your baby's attention.  The cathedral also contains many sculptures of people and animals; babies will also enjoy looking at the faces on the people and the many different animals will likely interest them.

Notre-Dame with Baby in Paris

OUR EXPERIENCE

 

Upon arrival we stopped and took some pictures of the beautiful cathedral and its French gothic architecture.  Then, we went to enter the church and were shocked with how long the line was.  Dan got in the line while Celine took our daughter to see a bunch of pigeons nearby (she loves pigeons!).  The line went remarkably quick and we were inside the church in less than ten minutes.

 

You are able to pay to climb up the bell towers and see the famous gargoyles up close.  Normally we love climbing things to see views, but we had just climbed the Arc de Triomphe the day before, so we decided to spend all of our time on the ground floor.  For most of the visit, we had our daughter out of the baby carrier so she could walk (with assistance).  This made us very slow and the church was crowded, but no one seemed to mind.  There was one carving in particular which had a lion in it, which our daughter loved - it took forever to get her to leave!

 

After our visit was over, we explored the park area on Notre-Dame property and were happy to see there was a little sandbox play area for little children.  Our daughter loves playing in the sand, so we stopped to let her play for a while.  

Notre-Dame Paris with baby

3. SACRÉ-COEUR

Sacre-Coeur Paris With Baby

Dramatically perched up high on the top of the highest hill in Paris, visiting Sacré-Cœur not only provides sweeping vistas of Paris, but is also worth the climb up to admire the beauty of the basilica. 

STROLLER ACCESSIBILITY

 

The main entrance to the basilica is at the top of a large flight of stairs.  If you do not wish to carry your stroller up these stairs, there is a ramp and lift at the back of the basilica on Rue du Chevalier de la Barre.  Once inside, you will have no issues with access to all areas on the ground floor. 

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PLACES TO BREASTFEED

 

If you don't mind crowds, the grassy hill in front of Sacré-Cœur offers wonderful views of the city below.  If you'd prefer a little privacy, there is a nice park to the northeast of Sacré-Cœur with many shaded park benches.     

Carousel near Sacre-Coeur With Baby

INTERESTING FOR BABY?

 

There isn't much in Sacré-Cœur which is likely to interest your infant, outside of the brightly colored stained glass windows, but just down the hill is something just for them!

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OUR EXPERIENCE

 

This time, instead of the RER, we took the metro.  Everything went well, but we were glad we had our daughter in a carrier as the metro isn't exactly stroller friendly - one station in particular had over 100 stairs!

 

When we reached the final metro station we began our walk up the hill.  Some parts of the walk were up streets and other parts were up stairs.  All told, it wasn't too bad effort-wise.  When we got to the top, we found a small patch of level ground to unfold our picnic blanket to have some lunch and enjoy the views of the city below.  We got some takeaway crêpes from a nearby restaurant. 

 

After lunch we entered the basilica.  While still very impressive in scale, Sacré-Cœur is much smaller than Notre-Dame.  It didn't take us very long to walk slowly around the pathway set up for visitors.  Afterwards, we enjoyed walking around the church to see it from all angles.  A band was playing on the steps on the side of the building which got our little one dancing.

 

On our way back down, we took the long set of stairs next to the funicular, during which our daughter decided she had enough of being in the baby carrier.  Thankfully at the bottom of the stairs is a nice plaza with a playground suitable for smaller children, so we let her crawl, 'walk' and play for a while.  There is also a very nice double-decker carousel in the plaza.

Plan to visit other attractions while in Paris? Our Baby Can Travel: Paris guide has this same great information for the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg and many more.

4. PALACE OF VERSAILLES

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Situated in a suburb of Paris, the Palace of Versailles is one of France's most famous palaces.  Several kings held court here between 1682-1789, until Louis XIV was forced to move back to Paris at the start of the French Revolution.  In addition to the opulent palace, there are 800 hectares of finely manicured French gardens.

STROLLER ACCESSIBILITY

 

The main plaza in front of the palace is made up of big cobblestones, which will make things very bumpy for your little one.  The gardens are fully accessible by stroller but the pathway is rarely paved and is often bumpy.

 

Strollers are not permitted within the palace, so bring your baby carrier or wrap.  The gardens are so big that you will likely want to have your stroller and thankfully, they have a place to store your stroller while you tour the palace.

PLACES TO BREASTFEED

 

You won't be able to breastfeed inside the palace, but the gardens are filled with park benches where you can stop, feed your baby and enjoy the wonderful scenery.

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INTERESTING FOR BABY?

 

The rooms of the palace are very big and colorful which may visually interest them.  If your baby likes looking at faces, the many paintings of portraits should attract their attention for a little while.  Despite the crowds, it is surprisingly quiet in the palace, so it may be a good place for them to get a nap.

 

The French gardens are perfectly manicured and sculpted, but your baby won't notice these details.  The good news is that the gardens are filled with other interesting things for them to watch.  They will enjoy watching people out walking their dogs, the geese and swans swimming in the lakes, the stray cats, etc.

Versailles With Baby

OUR EXPERIENCE

 

After several days in a big city, we need to get out into nature - there is nothing natural in this highly sculpted garden, but it's green so it counts.  The pathways were a little bumpy, but we managed to get around without issue. 

 

We found a part of the garden which wasn't off limits and let our daughter play in the grass, while we enjoyed a latte from a nearby restaurant.  This was a perfect place to let her get in some play time.  Afterwards, we explored a little more and then bought takeaway lunch from another food stand and let our daughter play some more.

 

By the time we were ready to visit the palace, it was around 12:15PM and we were shocked by how big the line was to get into the palace.  Thankfully, it went pretty quickly and by 12:30 we were at the front of the line.  After clearing security, we checked our stroller and transferred our daughter to the carrier.  The tour of the palace is a set route and is very crowded, slow and hot.  Our daughter was well behaved through most of it, but she was getting hot towards the end of the tour and verbally expressed her displeasure.  Thankfully, we were outside shortly thereafter and her mood improved as she cooled off.

5. MUSÉE RODIN

Musee Rodin Paris With Baby

A former hotel and its lush gardens are the setting for this museum, which features the art of Auguste Rodin.  In addition, you will be treated to some works by Van Gogh and Renoir.

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STROLLER ACCESSIBILITY

 

You will be able to see all of the sculptures in the garden with your stroller, including the famous "Thinker".  However, you will be asked to check your stroller at the entrance of the former hotel, so be sure to also bring a baby carrier for this portion of the museum. 

PLACES TO BREASTFEED

 

There are lots of beautiful spots to stop and rest on a bench in the garden while you feed your baby.  The hotel portion of the museum is very small and has no opportunities for breastfeeding.  

INTERESTING FOR BABY?

 

Babies love looking at faces, so they may be interested in the occasional portrait painting, or may get excited if they recognize an animal in a painting or sculpture. 

Musee Rodin With Baby in Paris

OUR EXPERIENCE

 

Upon arriving at the museum we found a long line-up to get in.  We had purchased a combo ticket at the previous museum so we were able to bypass the line and walk right in.  What a good feeling!

 

We explored the garden portion of the museum first.  What a spectacular setting to view world class sculptures.  We enjoyed this section very much, especially seeing the renowned "Thinker" sculpture.  We had no issues getting our stroller around this part of the museum.

 

Upon entering the hotel part of the museum we were asked to check our day bag and our stroller.  Good thing we had our baby carrier with us.  The hotel portion of the museum is reasonably small so it didn't take us too long to view the works with our baby in a carrier.

Just a Quick Note: In this article, you will find “Places to Breastfeed” for each of the sights. This is not to exclude those that aren’t breastfeeding, you will find they are nice quiet locations where you can sit and feed your baby. You will also find that our suggestions on places to breastfeed attempt to offer mom and baby some privacy. We don’t believe there is a need to cover or go somewhere else to breastfeed baby, but the truth of the matter is that some moms do prefer it and some distracted babies won’t feed if there is too much going on. 


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