Outdoor Paris for families

The Car Free Day, outdoor activities in gardens... to experience Paris with the family in a different way.

Throughout the year, numerous events offer the chance to enjoy Paris in a different and new way.

A stroll through Paris’s parks and outdoor fun activities for kids

Promenade à dos de poney pour les enfants dans un parc parisien avec Animaponeys © DR

In autumn, the days are still lovely enough to take a stroll in the fresh air and enjoy the natural environment before winter sets in. Paris has more than 400 public gardens, parks and woods, ideal for family walks. Some offer fun activities for children.

Classic places like the Tuileries Gardens and Luxembourg Gardens have many activities for children to enjoy like pony rides, model boats to sail, merry-go-rounds and trampolines. Little adventurers will love the Jardin des Plantes. In this park, they can discover remarkable trees such as the 315-year-old pistachio tree, visit the Grandes Serres (hothouses) filled with luxuriant plants, and walk through a maze of plants.

Parc de la Villette, au bord du canal de l'Ourcq, Paris © Marie-Sophie Leturcq

The Parc de la Villette is full of places for kids right up to the age of 12 to play and be entertained: there is the Jardin des Dunes with its holiday feel, the Jardin des Frayeurs enfantines and its mysterious musical forest, the Jardin du Dragon with its enormous slide and the Jardin des Voltiges with its play area to practice your balancing act.

Finally, the Jardin d'Acclimatation is perfect for a bucolic family outing! At this huge 18-hectare leisure park, you can enjoy exploring outdoors and have lots of fun; there are more than forty rides and attractions from a little train to a roller coaster, flying boats and Speed Rockets.

 More info on green spaces in Paris

Enjoy Paris without traffic

Walk, cycle, skate or ride an electric scooter in a car-free Paris!

Berges de Seine piétons vélos enfant

From 11am to 6pm on 22 September 2019, cars will be banned from entering Paris (woods and ring road excepted). The only motorized traffic allowed into the city will be emergency vehicles such as ambulances, RATP public transport, taxis, private hire vehicles, disabled people’s cars with an EU parking card, and Big Bus and Open Tour sightseeing buses, which will have to respect a speed limit of 30 km/h.

The event offers a unique opportunity to see Paris in a completely different way. As you walk, cycle, skate or ride a Segway around, you’ll enjoy the experience of a much quieter and more environmentally-friendly city.  And you can take photos to remember your holiday on the most beautiful squares and avenues of Paris with not a single car to be seen!

Also, on the first Sunday of every month, the streets in the centre of Paris are pedestrian-only.

To enjoy an outdoor game with the kids, head to ‘Rue’Golotte’: the nickname given to Rue des Coutures-Saint-Gervais in the 3rd arrondissement, which is closed to traffic from 4.30pm to 6pm every Friday. Children take over the entire street and turn it into one giant playground. Then there is the ‘Rues aux Enfants’ initiative, which blocks off some streets on given days and times to install mazes, play areas, circus equipment and building games for children.

Pedestrian-only Champs-Élysées

The world’s most beautiful avenue is car-free on the first Sunday of each month!

Champs Elysées piétons couple vélo

Since 2016, people have been able to enjoy a stroll on the Champs-Élysées with no traffic at all on the first Sunday of each month. These Sundays, when the length of the avenue from Place de la Concorde to the Etoile roundabout is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, are the perfect time to explore the Champs-Élysées in an alternative way. And for children, it’s an opportunity to ride a cycle or electric scooter or to skate along the world’s most beautiful avenue!

More info about pedestrianized districts

The 'Paris Eco Walks' application

Paris City Council's app, 'Paris Eco Walks', enables you to discover districts that are green and which have lots of charm and character, on foot and in total freedom.

Application Balades Paris Durable

This free app, available in French and English, presents itineraries to visit lively neighbourhoods, new urban developments, and wild or cultivated green areas. You will even be able to observe rare or more common animals and plants! Explore Paris on these urban walks.
You can get a preview in images of each walk, visualize the itinerary on a map, read illustrated content and listen to the audio guide. You can enjoy the walks at your own rhythm, save your favourites, share different sections, post photos, etc.