Paris on land: buses and little trains
Sit back on the upper deck of an open-top double decker bus, and enjoy the sights of Paris as you listen to the informative and entertaining commentary, either recorded or live.
City Vision’s Open Tour and Big Bus Paris are two of the most popular options for a sightseeing day out with the family in Paris. Foxity prides itself on its affordable tours and facilities for people with reduced mobility.
Toy trains are an unusual and pleasant way to sightsee and besides, kids love them. Another Paris offers commentated train tours of central Paris districts. Or you could get on the Montmartre funicular, which carries passengers from the foot of Montmartre Hill up to the Sacré Coeur – a charming ride with an authentic feel.
Paris on the water: by boat
Strolling along the quays and drifting along the Seine in a boat are leisurely, pleasurable ways to admire the city’s sights, and entirely suitable for children.
The Batobus shuttle boats transport passengers along the river, between the Pont Austerlitz and the Port de La Bourdonnais, chugging past iconic Paris sights such as the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral and allowing you to hop on and off to sightsee at the stops. Children aged 7 to 12 can take part in the Batobus treasure hunt. Armed with an activity book, young sailors must solve riddles as they explore the city and track down a tasty treasure at the final stop.
The Vedettes de Paris and the Bateaux-Mouches offer kid-friendly cruises with commentary, while the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf organize themed cruises, including one specially designed for kids on the mysteries of Paris.
La Croisière enchantée is pleasant and instructive, with storytellers recounting the history of Paris through songs. If you’d like to dine while enjoying your trip along the water, Paris en Scène offers brunches on board and dinner cruises. Finally, Paris Canal and Canauxrama operate charming, educational cruises along the canals of Paris.
Paris from the air: a hot-air balloon
Tethered at the André-Citroën park in central Paris, the Generali France hot air balloon rises to an altitude of nearly 150 metres, offering passengers a bird’s-eye view of the French capital.
The PanoraMagique tethered balloon at Disney® Village is the world’s biggest tethered balloon. This noiseless, eco-friendly balloon uses as little energy as a lift.
Finally, a helicopter flight over Paris is an exciting experience for daring kids. Helipass flies over western Paris, hovering in mid-air over the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de Saint-Cloud and the Longchamp racecourse.