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Ahh Paris, the city of love. Many people visit Paris for a romantic getaway, a proposal or a weekend of fine dining and extravagance but what happens when you have to drag your teenager or two along with you for your epic Paris visit? Is visiting Paris with teenagers even a good idea?

Suddenly your trip to Paris may have to include a few activities that you didn’t expect but what do you do with teenagers in Paris to make it an epic visit that will last a lifetime?

Know before you go! Our top Paris travel tips

Travelling to Paris can be such an enriching experience for the whole family. There are so many things to do in Paris and having the best place to stay in the city and wander is extremely important. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your family vacation to Paris to make it completely hassle-free

Where to stay in Paris with teenagers

You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Paris. In Paris, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget.

If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Expedia to find the best prices in Paris.

Budget: HotelF1 Paris Porte de Châtillon has family rooms sleeping 4 with ensuite. The hotel has breakfast available, vending machines and a lobby area for seating. Located close by to public transport and shopping.

Mid-priced: Located a 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel offers a 24-hour reception, air-conditioned studios and free WIFI. Some apartments come with panoramic views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Guests can enjoy access to the fitness centre and indoor swimming pool according to availability during their stay.

Luxury: The 4-star hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel is set at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero. Rooms include a flat-screen TV with free access to the latest films, an iPod dock and free Wi-Fi access. The hotel’s restaurant serves Californian-style cuisine with French flavours. It has an open-plan kitchen and a stylish wine bar.

Paris apartment alternative for your stay

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Paris then an apartment is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families, and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Airbnb in Paris with teenagers Book your Paris apartment today

How to get to Paris

  • Paris is generally served by 3 different airports. The main airport is ‘Paris-Charles de Gaulle’ also somewhat confusingly referred to as Aéroport Charles de Gaulle’ (CDG). Then you have Orly which is located 14km south of central Paris and Beauvais is 80 kilometres. Beauvais is service by budget carriers only. You can search for planes to Paris with Kiwi Flights.
  • Paris is connected to most of Europe by the high-speed TGV network, Direct trains from England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Spain will get you to Paris by train in no time. Book your train tickets with Omio.
  • Buses arrive in Paris every few minutes of the day. The Paris-Gallieni international bus station is located in Bagnolet in the east of Paris. This major bus station is one of the most important stations for European coach companies. Eurolines and Flix bus arrives and departs hourly from here
  • You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at Paris Airports

How to get around Paris

  • Paris is served by the Metro, The RER, Buses, trams, taxis and Uber. Single fare tickets on public transport cost €1.90. The Paris Metro is one of the most extensive networks in the world.
  • The Paris Hop on hop off bus is another excellent option for seeing the sites of the city and surrounding area. Check the current prices HERE
  • The Paris Pass entitles you to entry to some Paris major attractions and free public transport on the buses. More information is available here.

Using your phone in Paris

Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling and sightseeing in Paris can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact with who you need is a top priority. Plan your trip out and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data and calls.

The very best things to do in Paris with teens

There are so many things to do in Paris that you could visit numerous times and still not see it all. A city of this size is forever changing even though it is centuries old. Here are some of the activities in Paris that we did with our travelling teens in Paris.

Go to the top of the Arc

One of the most famous monuments in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe. The views from the top of the Arc de Triomphe are amazing and they have some of the best views of the main attractions in Paris. You can also just watch the roundabout below which is an attraction in itself…how does no one crash their cars there?

Travel with teens tip:

You do have to have your bag checked before you go up so we suggest a small backpack that is easy to open. Some people were surprised when the guards actually moved things around in the bags. They are allowed to do this and if you ask them not to you can be denied entry.

Place Charles de Gaulle,

75008 Paris, France

Open 7 days a week from

10.00am – 10.00pm

Free entry to EU residents 18 – 25

Free entry to children under 18

€ 12.00 for all others

Walk the Champs Elysee

If you haven’t wandered the Champs Elysee have you been to Paris?! While the prices are not for the faint-hearted in some of the shops they are great to wander and have a look at. Do be aware that some shops will limit access so be prepared to be turned away if you are not sporting your Paris best!

Some shops on the Champs Elysee are

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Apple
  • Zara
  • Disney
  • H&M
  • Dior Homme

Travel with teens Champs Elysee tip:

There are also some amazing places to sit and eat but I can assure you they are ridiculously priced and you will pay more for eating on Champs Elysee than you will for the actual food. It would be a better idea to go off this street to find some amazing Paris street food.

Food Tour of the Marais

We have been to Paris 5 times and I can tell you I wish we did a food tour of this amazing city on our first visit. We wandered around the Marais district and had some of the best food that Paris and France as a whole are known for.

We suggest a tour with the team from Devour Food Tours if you have some teen foodies. They are a family-friendly Paris food tour and they will have you returning to all the local, unique places they take you to.

If you have a sweet tooth head to Angelina for the best hot chocolate, macarons and pastry in the city.

Ride the hop on hop off bus in Paris

Paris has a brilliant metro and it is easy to find your way around but you don’t see much travelling through the tunnels under Paris. Upon the roads, you can see all the neighbourhood sights and plan to go back if you feel that it is a spot for you and your teens to visit. See the Latin Quarter, Paris Street Art, Galeries Lafayette, the streets of Saint-Germain.

We love riding the hop on hop off buses and they get you to the sights very quickly especially if you are on a strict time frame. It also saves your legs as the biggest and best sights in Paris are far away from each other. Riding the Paris hop on hop off bus is a brilliant idea for travelling teens and their families.

Go to a museum in Paris with teenagers

You can’t go to Paris with teens without visiting one of the many museums. The Louvre is one of the top sites in Paris to visit with teens,

it will have you busy for hours wandering the halls magnificently decorated with some of the most valuable artworks in the world. painters such as Renoir, van Gogh, Monet and DA Vinci grace the Louvre walls. The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo are the most famous artworks at the museum

Picking a museum is probably the hardest part. With the Louvre receiving over 10 million visitors last year here are some alternatives to visiting the world’s most famous museum. Pick up a Paris Museums Pass for discounts

Other museums in Paris for teens:

  • The Center Pomidou
  • Petit Palais
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs
  • Musée Marmottan-Monet

Visiting museums in Paris with teenagers tip

Many people do go to the Louvre though as it houses some of the most famous pieces on the planet. I think it would be a much easier museum to visit with older kids too. Make sure you take the time to organise your tour though so you see all of the artworks and don’t end up missing them. You can also ask for an activity at the information desk if your teens in Paris still like that.

Visit Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie

Churches are also a place you can visit with your travelling teens. Now that they are older they may understand the rules of the church better than younger children…although no one ever holds it against the little ones.

Saint Chapelle is a church that was built in the 13th Century. The upper Chapel has some of the most stunning stained glass windows you will ever see. The lower Chapel is stunning in navy blue and gold.

8 Boulevard du Palais,

75001 Paris, France

Open 7 days a week from

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Full price: 15€

Reduced price: 12,50€

Now with Norte Dame under construction Sainte Chapelle can get very busy and crowded at times.

The Conciergerie is the place where many prisoners were kept during the French Revolution before being taken to Place de la Concorde before being beheaded. The most famous of these prisoners was Queen Marie Antoinette. There is the courtyard where she did her daily exercise and some things that may have been hers on display.

There is also information on what happened during the revolution which is a great world schooling for teens activity.

2 Boulevard du Palais,

75001 Paris, France

Open 7 days a

week

from 9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Full price: 15€

Reduced price: 12,50€

Conciergerie  on the seine in Paris

Do a Seine River Cruise

There is nothing better than seeing a city from the water that is the bloodline from years gone by. Many cities were built on a river and Paris has one of the best to tour on. You can get a beautiful view of Notre Dame, The Conciergerie, Pont Neuf and the Eiffel Tower.


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Picnic under the Eiffel Tower

Lining up for hours may not be your thing and I can tell you it was not one that our teens were keen on doing so what we had to was to find a way of enjoying the Eiffel Tower from the ground. There is no better way to do that than having a picnic under the Eiffel tower.

Grab yourself a baguette, some amazing cheese and sit down under the Eiffel tower and have an epic picnic.

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Open Daily from 9 am until 12.45 am.

Prices are very dependent on how you plan to get to the top.

Saving money in Paris tip:

You can also find a butcher that has a rotisserie chicken in many places in Paris. We did this very often to save some money. We got a traditional baguette, a chicken and some of the potatoes that were cooking under the chicken and had that often for our meal. It was about 13 Euro for all of that.

Wander the streets of Montmarte

This is such a bustling part of Paris and one we absolutely love. It has changed over the years of us visiting. What was once a run-down area with many little discount shops is now being taken over by big brand shops.

This doesn’t change the fact you need to go up the famous street, passed all of the little souvenir shops, get a picture of the Sacre Coeur Church.

You can then take the funicular up to the Church or walk the steps.

From up at the Church you can get amazing and free views over Paris. Behind Sacre Couer Basilica is a maze of little streets with artists, souvenir shops and gorgeous little French cafes for you to explore. It is a hot tourist spot so you will pay a little more there.

Some top things to do in the Montmartre area are:

  • Visit a funky little store called Pylons. I love all the quirky little things it has in it and you don’t find the shops often out of France.
  • Grab a baguette or a chocolate croissant and sit on the steps to enjoy it
  • Ride the gorgeous carousel…even the adults love this one
  • Look for souvenirs. They are the common ones around Paris but I find they are a good price and you do have to go home with a couple of traditional touristy Paris souvenirs.
  • Watch an artist at their easel paint a picture, or get one done yourself
  • Enjoy free views over Paris if you don’t pay for the cable car up!

Do a Segway Tour

There is nothing more fun than zipping around a city on a segway and for teens, this has to be one of the best things to do in Paris. A segway guided tour will give teens the opportunity to learn the landmarks, see architecture, explore the city of light and have fun doing it

Visit the Paris Catacombs

Another place that is a massive part of French History is the Catacombs under Paris. When the cemeteries of Paris filled up in the middle ages they bought the bones underground. You can go on a tour of them and we highly suggest it for travelling teens.

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge may not be for everyone but many people flock to see the dancing show. Please be aware that women’s breasts are exposed while they dance. If this is something that you are not comfortable with seeing or your teens then this may not be the show for you.

You can get lovely pictures of the Red Windmill out the front though during the day and see it lit up at night.

Some alternatives to Moulin Rouge shows in Paris are

  • Lido
  • Crazy Horse
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Les Invalids

This is a top place to visit in Paris with teens. It has the burial tomb of Napoleon there as well as some other Military Commanders. You will be able to see the gold dome of Les Invalids from many places around the city and it is stunning on the inside as well.

129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Open daily from 10 am until 5 pm

Children are free to enter

Adults are 9.50 euro

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Next door to Les Invalids is The Army Museum which is absolutely fantastic. It is well worth a visit for a lesson in French history.

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The Pantheon

We have missed this amazing Paris site on the times we have previously been and it was not happening this time. We really enjoyed wandering around and seeing the artworks including the murals depicting the rise and fall of Joan of Arc.

The crypt is also another amazing place with the likes of Voltaire, Victor Hugo as well as Marie and Pierre Curie.

Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France

Open daily from 10 am until 6.30 pm

Tickets start at 11.50 euro for priority entry

Notre Dame

After the devastating fire on April 15th, 2019 Norte Dame Cathedral is closed until further notice to allow the restoration. We will update this post as the dates are released and a rough date for completion is known.

It is still worth a visit to see the skeleton of the once-mighty Notre Dame de Paris. We have visited it every time we have visited Paris and it is a stunning sight. Even with our recent trip, we made the effort to visit the church still although it is fenced off and getting a good look at it is still difficult.

Watching a football game in Paris

Paris Saint Germain football team play in the top tier of French football in Ligue 1. PSG plays their football at Parc des Princes. The stadium fits 48,000 passionate football fans. Parc des Princes is located the 16th arrondissement, near the Stade Jean-Bouin and Stade Roland Garros.

The soccer season runs from September through to May every year. You can purchase tickets to see a match if available or do a stadium tour of PSG’s home ground and see where players like Neymar play and train.

Montparnasse Tower

Many refer to this as an absolute eye-sore in Paris but it does have some magnificent views over the city as well. There is a viewing platform at the top as well as a viewing level that is enclosed.

33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, France

Open daily from 09.30 am until 11.30 pm

15 euros per person

Have a photoshoot with a professional photographer in Paris

Having photo’s of your trip to look back on is one of the best things to do around Paris. Having a professional photographer accompany you and your family around to some of the most iconic places in Paris will make memories that last a lifetime.

Make a bottle of perfume

This one may be for some of the mom’s with teen girls. You can go to many shops in Paris and make a perfume that you pick yourself. This would be a great bonding exercise for the family and you would have a souvenir for a long time after you leave Paris

Search here for all the very best travel products for your family vacation to Paris and beyond!

Take a cooking class in Paris

Some teens cook some teens get served, why not take a cooking class on your family vacation. Food plays a huge part in the local culture in the places you visit. Is there one meal that you just love? maybe this is a way to learn how to cook it yourself. Why not kick start your kids cooking skills with a cooking class. Most places these days have a mix of traditional cooking and fusion meals available for you to learn during a cooking experience. Search and book your Paris cooking experience

Escape Rooms in Paris

For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.

An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.

Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Paris with teenagers.

You will have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and find the truth. Below you will find a map with locations of Paris Escape rooms.

You can find a list of great escape rooms in Paris in the Trip Advisor list. Paris is just too big to give locations around the city. Just check the above link

Cinema in Paris

Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Paris with teenagers is a great evening activity. You will find the state of the art screens and sound. You’ll find the largest cinemas around Montparnasse, Odéon, and Les Gobelins.

10 pin bowling in Paris

If you’re looking for a bit of fun, friendly family competition in Paris then 10 pin bowling might be just the activity for you and your teenagers. You can go 10 pin bowling in Paris at a number of different locations in the city centre, even on the Champs Elysees. You can find a great list of bowling alleys in Paris on Yelp

Bike riding in Paris

Bike riding in Paris is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go. You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will and take you on a 2 wheeled adventure through Paris on your family vacation. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.

Going to the gym in Paris

Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Lifting weights, using the treadmill, cardio and muscle workouts. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out.

In Paris, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 16 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of Gyms in Paris at the Trainaway fit website

Day trips from Paris with teens

If you have time there are so many day trips from Paris you can do with your teens. Here we have some of the best things to do near Paris France.

Palace of Versailles

Visit the amazing Palace of the French Royal Family. The Palace is divided into sections and it can take hours to get through them all. You may need to find the rooms you would like to visit first and then plan your trip around them.

Disneyland Paris

Euro Disney is a great place to take the kids especially if you are from a country that does not have any of the Disney Brand Parks located in it.

Disney land Paris is an easy train ride our from Paris.

Normandy D-Day Beaches

A visit to these beaches will be an epic learning experience for the whole family. You can walk on the beaches where history was made and then take your time to visit the museums.

The Somme

This will be a long day but the graves sites and the battlefields that remain from WWI are a stark reminder of what our past held for some. Dotted all over the countryside you will be heartbroken at the number of graveyards you will see

Top tips for visiting Paris with teens

Like most cities, you need to be aware of your surroundings and so do your teens. With theft on the metro a problem this is something you need to discuss with them if they are going to carry money or device with them.

  • Be aware of pickpockets of you are carrying a bag, especially with your teen
  • If you are travelling with a large amount of luggage make sure you have it all

Even though our girls are older we still have many things that we go through to make sure if we are separated that we know how to get back to one another.

Learn More: We have all the very best tips on how to keep your kids safe on vacation in this guide.

Where to eat in Paris with teenagers

There are so many places to eat in Paris with teenagers. It will really depend on what your budget is and what your teens like to eat.

Eating in Paris on a budget

We found that we could get a round of cheese, a baguette and a rotisserie chicken for around 13 Euros for dinner for our family of four. This was a great way for us to save money and it was delicious.

As we bought our chicken from a butcher they would sometimes have cooked potatoes in the roaster that we could add to your meal.

Another good place to eat on a budget in Paris is the Marche des Enfants Rouges Market. You can pick up some amazing food there to eat on the go for a meal. It is also a great place to get some fresh fruit and vegetables.

Just be aware if you stop at a Parisian Cafés you may be charged more to sit outside.

39 rue de Bretagne –

75003 Paris

Tuesday-Saturday: 8.30 am-7.30 pm

Sunday: 8.30 am-2 pm

Where to stay in Paris with teenagers

The city of Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements or neighbourhoods. The lower the number of the arrondissement the closer to the city centre you will be.

No matter where in the 20 Paris arrondissements you stay in, you won’t be far away from a Paris Metro station that can take you anywhere in the city. Some of the most popular places to stay in the Marais, Saint Germaine de Pres and the Montmartre district.

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You will find hotels, apartments, hostels all available to suit most budgets. Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world so it pays to start planning as soon as possible for your Paris accommodation.

Getting around Paris with teens

If you are planning on spending a few days on a family vacation to Paris you may be better off buying a Paris Pass which entitles you to free public transport, entries and discounts to major attractions and so on. The Paris Pass is available for single or multiple days

Paris Bus system has over 400 lines servicing over 13,000 stops along the way. Not as efficient as the metro but still an easy way to commute to Paris.

Taxi’s and Uber operate in the city. Expect your journey to be expensive in either of the 2. Uber in Paris charges by distance and time much like a cab.

Money in Paris, France

The official National Currency in France is the Euro. Euro’s come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 banknotes (the 200 and 500 are very uncommon) as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Euro cent coins. There is also a 1 and 2 Euro coin. You will find it easy to withdraw Euros from ATM’s and there are plenty of options within stores to pay with your card.

Paris is a city that keeps giving more and more every time you visit it. We absolutely love visiting Paris and finding a new hidden gem when we go. Many either love it or hate it but I can tell you there is nothing like Paris in any season!

As you can see Paris isn’t only the city for love-struck romantics it is definitely a brilliant place for a family vacation. We know this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel will have you inspired to visit Paris with teenagers.

Family travel with teenagers and tweens. Travelling with young adults has just as many issues as travelling with younger children. Choosing the best teenage vacation destinations can be so time-consuming. Use our Travel with Teenagers Destination Guides from all over the world for your next family vacation inspiration to make your family vacations with teens epic.

For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in France click through to our France Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.


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