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.  Let’s be honest it looks amazing even in the pouring rain!

When my wife and I look at each other and say we have been there it brings back so many wonderful memories! 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.

view from top of the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of many Paris attractions for families.

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, France. 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.

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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!

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Eiffel Tower for kids facts

  • 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.
The Eiffel Tower from the river

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!

a family on the Eiffel tower
The Wyld Family Travel team on the second floor of the tower

 Our top tips to visiting the Eiffel Tower 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 kids will get bored and start complaining, there is no doubt!
  • 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
Bec and Willow on the Champ de Mars Paris

The Eiffel Tower with kids…A learning experience

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.

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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.

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.

Visiting the Eiffel Tower with kids family tip:

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. Sitting in the shadow of this iconic building has to b one of the best things to do in Paris on a sunny day.

The girls exploring the tower

Visiting the Eiffel Tower with children 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.

family at the bottom of the eiffel tower
The Wylds at the base of the tower

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 if they are anything like our girls! 

Did you know there are 1710 Eiffel Tower steps?

If climbing the Eiffel Tower is something you really want to do, take note that you can only climb to the first level, not all 1710 steps. Yes the Eiffel Tower has 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 top floor 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.

The Eiffel Tower top floor is like no other experience. The all-encompassing views make you see how small we actually are. There is a thrill and chill element about it. I for one slowly make my way to the edge of the Eiffel Tower top floor to look out.

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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 PricesAdult 
Ticket with access lift – Second floor16.30 euros8.10 euros4.10 euros
Ticket with access stairs – Second floor10.20 euros5.10 euros2.50 euros
Ticket with access lift – The top25.50 euros12.70 euros6.40 euros
Ticket with acess stairs 2nd floor + lift – The top19.40 euros9.70 euros4.90 euros

Visiting the Eiffel Tower with kids 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 background.

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 Eiffel Tower

  • Eiffel Tower bus route 82
  • Tour Eiffel bus route 42
  • Champ de Mars bus route 69 & 87
  • Eiffel Tower bus route 72 

Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a bucket list experience for many who dream of visiting France and especially Paris. We hope with this post you aren’t scared of taking the kids to Paris with you so they can enjoy the sights of Paris as well.

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About the Author

Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids.  I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .

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Tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower with kids -updated 2020