Visiting Paris with teenagers is the perfect opportunity to choose some more fun and quirky activities all while exploring the capital. Here are the 10 most memorable things to try!
Tremble in fear at the Manoir de Paris
The Manoir de Paris is one of the capital’s must-sees for thrill-seekers. This one-of-a-kind attraction is more than just a simple haunted house; it is an immersive and interactive theatrical experience loved for its high-quality scenery and costumes, not to mention the convincing performance of its actors. The visit is regularly redesigned, notably for every Friday 13th and for major yearly events (e.g. Valentine’s Day and the Manoir’s anniversary). Visitors are plunged into horrific scenarios such as Paris’s darkest and most famous crimes, an invasion of bloodthirsty clowns or a zombie outbreak! For even more fearsome fun, the cellar of the Manoir de Paris houses the first interactive escape room with actors in France, and offsite, the Manoir also organizes the Dead Games, a physical challenge where you try to escape a hoard of zombies in an abandoned building. Come and experience it if you think you’re brave enough!
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Escape games designed for teens
All across Paris, escape games are thriving and offering games dedicated to kids and teens, with a huge choice of scenarios worthy of the greatest action movies. Everything is possible: retrieving the loot from a casino robbery (The Game, Paris 5th), finding the Templar’s Treasure like in the Assassin’s Creed games (The Game, Paris 5th), travelling back in time with Freak Show (Artimus, Paris 20th) or even reliving the plot of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (Phobia, Paris 13th). My Urban Experience offers outdoor escape games, which are a great, original way to discover Paris while having fun. You can choose from a range of games exploring the city’s most important historic sites: Mysteries of the Latin Quarter (Saint-Germain, Saint-Michel, Latin Quarter), Secrets of the Marais, and Mysteries of Montmartre (Sacré-Cœur).
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An immersive experience with Virtual Time
VirtualTime is a place for virtual reality games and experiences using state-of-the-art technology, letting you escape boring everyday life and discover new worlds without even leaving the city! In Paris’s two VirtualTime Paris centres (VirtualTime Montorgueil on Rue d’Aboukir and VirtualTime Voltaire Boulevard Voltaire), VR specialists are there to you and help you choose from their catalogue of around 30 games and experiences. You can explore the seabed, climb Mount Everest, see through the eyes of a character in a 360° film or try the Google Earth experience. There are plenty of options for gamers too, from cutting up fruit like a ninja to hunting zombies to painting in 3D. The choice is huge and there’s something for everyone. Once you’ve chosen your game or experience, it’s time for an hour of fun! Sitting, standing or behind the wheel, with a helmet on and controllers in your hands, you’ll be all ready to embark on a journey into total immersion. Virtual Time is a temple of futuristic fun off the beaten track, with extraordinary experiences to enjoy in a group or on your own.
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Get creative with Wecandoo
Weecandoo offer beginners workshops in artisanal techniques in the studios of real artisans. Along with discovering these artists’ practical know-how, the aim is also to make and take home your own creation. Wecandoo collaborate with over 100 Parisian artisans eager to share their passion and give you tips and advice. Kids workshops are designed for doing activities as a family, but bigger kids can also choose to try a solo activity. Making macarons, creating a concrete statue, sewing made-to-measure clothes or even making mozzarella, each workshop is a real experience! Discover French artisanal crafts and enjoy a chance to create a wonderful souvenir completely by hand.
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Unusual guided tours with My Urban Experience
My Urban Experience offers quirky visits to help you discover Paris in a different way. The concept is based on a unique combination of culture and fun, with each 90-minute visit having a particular theme. An original and entertaining activity leading you around the Paris of videogames reveals the settings that inspired the famous Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider games. A number of walks can teach you about street art by sending you on a trail to discover urban artworks, and history lovers can follow in the footsteps of famous figures from Ancient Egypt, learn the secrets of the Bastille, visit Paris’s criminal underworld or discover the city during the Belle Époque. This is Paris as you’ve never seen it before!
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Visit subterranean Paris in the Catacombes
The Catacombes de Paris area is a must-see in the capital for those who are brave enough. This municipal ossuary, one of the largest in the world and one of the only underground examples, houses the remains of millions of Parisians who were moved there once the city’s cemeteries became too unsanitary starting in the 18th century. This unique site is a veritable labyrinth. The Catacombes go 20 m deep (equivalent to the height of a 5-storey building) and contains 243 steps, with a total walking distance of 1,500 m! Visitors can discover famous figures such as Rabelais, Charles Perrault, Danton and Robespierre. An unusual visit that will make an impression on all the family!
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Sport on the Seine
Water sports fans and thrill-seekers can now learn wakeboarding or waterskiing on the Seine! The Ski Nautique Club de Paris lets visiting skiers take beginner sessions every weekend from 2pm to 6pm, not far from the Longchamp Racecourse (16th arrondissement). And at the Base Nautique de la Villette, kids from 12 to 17 can take free beginner classes in canoe-kayak and rowing, as long as they know how to swim.
A theme park in Paris: the Jardin d’Acclimatation
This is the oldest theme park in Paris and is a must-see for teens. With thrilling rides, funfair stands and areas for meeting animals, it is a magical place that that they are sure to enjoy! Classic attractions like the shooting gallery, the darts stand, the distorting mirrors and the flying chairs are combined with more sensational rides like the speed rockets which send visitors zooming around a 400 m track full of twists and turns. Another thing worth noting is the newest attraction, Wild Immersion, which is the first natural park in virtual reality! This is the perfect place to have fun on a sunny day.
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Soar over Paris with FlyView
FlyView is a totally unique virtual reality attraction that lets you fly over Paris and its famous monuments. Strapped into a jetpack and wearing a latest-generation VR helmet, visitors can experience an incredibly realistic flight and discover the city like never before thanks to real images of Paris captured by drones. Enjoy unique 360° views with this original and revolutionary way of visiting Paris by taking flight!
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