The Eiffel Tower, is there a more iconic symbol of one country in the world? If so, I don’t know of one. The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of France to everyone outside the country. It is recognisable to kids and adults alike.
How could it not be? It looks radiant in the Parisian summer sun and blue skies, it looks amazing in the Parisian snow.
When My wife and I look at each other and say we have been there! So after visiting it with just the two of us, could we visit the Eiffel Tower with kids? The tower has 3 three platforms. Inside the Eiffel Tower are two restaurants, a banquet hall, a champagne bar and many unique gift shops.
So you think it’s a good idea to visit the Eiffel Tower with Kids?
Is the Eiffel Tower one of the best things to do in Paris with kids? In all honesty, the Eiffel Tower with kids can be challenging. Our kids so wanted to visit the tower on one of our recent trips to Paris. Our eldest daughter Willow had been to the top when she was 10 months old. As you could imagine, she can’t remember it. I would always tell Willow that she been to the top whenever we saw the Eiffel Tower in movies or on TV.
Willow aged 9 along with her 6-year-old sister Marley were ready to tackle the French Icon. First, we had to avoid the scammers under the tower wanting you to pay for their operation or their sick child and so on!
Where do we stay in Paris
We have been to Paris 4 times. We generally stay in the Montmartre area of Paris. Montmartre is tourist friendly, has great transport connection and lots of sights. We have stayed at both an apartment and a hotel. Click the links below for more information and bookings.
For Ibis Montmartre click HERE.
For more Paris accommodation option Trip Advisor – Top Destination Paris
Search the map below for places to stay in Montmartre and Paris
Eiffel Tower Facts for Kids
- The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889
- The Eiffel Tower can move slightly when it’s windy
- There are 5 million lights on the Eiffel Tower
- The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters tall.
Going up the Eiffel Tower can be long and hot if you are visiting in the summer months. 3 hours is not unheard of from the time you line up to the time you get to the 3rd level which is the Eiffel Tower top floor. To be honest there are easier things to see in Paris with the kids but after all, it is the Eiffel Tower and so the Eiffel Tower with kids it is!
Two-in-One: Eiffel Tower and Seine Cruise Tickets.
Embark on a cruise along the Seine River. During your cruise on the Seine, you’ll have the chance to admire the famous monuments of Paris as you follow the flow of the river through the city. Save time and skip the long lines of visitors waiting for the elevator up to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.
For more information and booking click HERE.
Eiffel Tower Information with Kids
Take food and drink with you in your bag for the kids. Like I mentioned it can be a long wait when going up the Eiffel Tower. The
Bring a book, magazine, ipad, ipod, tablet anything that can distract the kids from waiting. Maybe play a game of i-spy or something similar.
Take a notepad and have the kids draw pictures of the Eiffel Tower. This will make a great memory for the kids. Frame these drawing when you get home.
See the Eiffel Tower with kids eyes. Give your kids a camera so they can capture their own images.
The Eiffel Tower offers kids aged 6-10 a fun educational experience. On level one there is a permanent exhibition. This allows kids to learn all about the Tower and Gustav Eiffel himself. Like many other attractions, these days the Tower has a little Gustav Eiffel character. He can be found at a different spot on the tower.
Kids receive a bilingual French-English booklet-game and a little pencil provided for them. Whenever they find the Eiffel character there is something to fill in. Kids will learn many facts about the history of the Eiffel Tower. About the man who designed the tower and about the landscape of Paris seen from the Tower. The booklet and pencil can be collected from the Ferrié pavilion on the first level.
Buy a Eiffel Tower Colouring book for the kids right here. Get them excited
The booklet may be downloaded from the Eiffel Tower website. I would recommend this just to see if you think your children will like this activity. You do not want to waste any more time waiting at the Eiffel Tower than you must.
Bring some lunch or a snack and enjoy it with the kids on the Champ de Mars. This area is a grass section just in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Dine at the Tour Eiffel Restuarant on the 1st level of the Eiffel Tower.
Collect your priority lift tickets at the welcome desk, located on the esplanade under the Eiffel Tower (between the north and east pillars) 15 minutes before the time of booking. Then, ascend to the restaurant, where a hostess will guide you to your table. A few moments later, your order will be taken and your lunch will be served in a picnic-style basket.
For more information and bookings click HERE.
The Eiffel Tower for kids can be fun
Do not be fooled into thinking that when you get in the elevator on the bottom floor that you will be at the top soon. It’s just not so, the nightmare will begin again on level 2 when the elevator door opens and you see a line just as long as the one on the ground level was. You see you must line up all over again for the final ascent to the Eiffel Tower top floor.
The Elevator whisks you up, the doors open, and you step out onto the Eiffel Tower top floor having finally made it. Hopefully, the kids have been good and you are able to enjoy the moment. It is quite surreal knowing you are at top of one of the most iconic structures in the world.
Just completed in November of 2018 is the Eiffel Tower gardens at the base of the tower. The kids may like the ducks in the pond, a waterfall and grotto to explore.
The best time to visit the Eiffel Tower with kids would be first thing in the morning. Try to book a time as close to opening as possible to try and avoid the lines. If you have older kids a visit at night can also be faster than during the day.
Always pre-book tickets online if possible. The wait for the ticket office can be easily over 1 hour. Kids do not take well to standing in line for this amount of time. Did you know there are 1710 Eiffel Tower steps?
If climbing the Eiffel Tower take heart that you can only climb to the first level, not all 1710 steps. Instead of climbing the Eiffel Tower the easy thing to do is to walk down the stairs when leaving. The views from inside the Eiffel Tower of Paris are amazing. You can walk up the stairs to the first level but I would not recommend climbing the Eiffel Tower unless you have extremely fit children.
Eiffel Tower summit level access
Skip the long lines to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy the view from the top level thanks to your summit access. Enjoy bird’s eye views of Paris from the second-floor observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. Your summit access ticket will then provide you access to the highest level of the Eiffel Tower.
For latest prices and booking click HERE
Get your Eiffel Tower Tickets online
You must select a time to visit when booking your Eiffel Tower tickets online. Please don’t be any longer than 30 minutes late or your tickets will not be valid.
Choose whether you are wanting to go to the top level, middle level or lower level of the tower (We booked to the top but our daughter was getting distressed by the height so we stopped at level two) All levels offer great views of Paris. A full guided tour of the Eiffel Tower is available for download on the Eiffel Tower website.
|2019 Eiffel Tower Prices||Adult||Youth|
|Ticket with access lift – Second floor||16.30 euros||8.10 euros||4.10 euros|
|Ticket with access stairs – Second floor||10.20 euros||5.10 euros||2.50 euros|
|Ticket with access lift – The top||25.50 euros||12.70 euros||6.40 euros|
|Ticket with acess stairs 2nd floor + lift – The top||19.40 euros||9.70 euros||4.90 euros|
Family Travel Tip: Access to the Eiffel Tower is best done by Trocadero Metro stop. Trocadero is on lines 6&9 of the Paris Metro system. Trocadero delivers you to an amazing spot overlooking the Eiffel tower which is great for family photo’s with the Tower in the back
How to get to the Eiffel Tower with kids
Paris with children can involve a lot of walking. The Paris transport options below will get you close to the tower for your visit
Metro – There are 3 metro station close by with easy access to the Tour Eiffel
- Trocadero Metro on Line 9
- Bir-Hakeim Metro Line 6
- Ecole-Miltaire Metro line 8
By bus there are 5 stops close to the tower
- Eiffel Tower bus route 82
- Tour Eiffel bus route 42
- Champ de Mars bus route 69 & 87
- Eiffel Tower bus route 72