Paris Itinerary Kids Day 4: Arc de Triomphe + Jardin d’Acclimatation

Your Paris itinerary with Kids Day 4 begins with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe in the morning, followed by a day full of fun at Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris’s amusement park.

As with other Paris Itineraries With Kids, pick what works for you and skip what doesn’t. Bookmark this Paris Day 4 itinerary, share it with friends and family planning their Parisian escape, and get ready to explore Paris in a way that delights everyone. Welcome to a family vacation in Paris that you’ll never forget!

Begin your Paris Itinerary with Kids Day 4 with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the iconic Paris attractions. It stands at the top of Champs-Elysées, right in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle, in Paris’s 8th arrondissement.

Arc de Triomphe Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

How to get here

To reach the Arc de Triomphe via the Paris Metro, alight at Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (served by lines 1, 2, and 6). Follow signs to the street level, then use the underground pedestrian tunnel on the western side of the roundabout to access the monument safely. Never attempt to cross the chaotic roundabout from the Champs-Élysées!

What to do and see

You have two choices: walk around the base of the Arc de Triomphe or climb up to the summit for a stunning view of Paris. In order to reach the top, there are 284 steps. However, families with young kids can take an elevator and then walk up the remaining 40 steps to the viewing platform. The view from the top is amazing, giving you a panoramic look at the city.

The Arc de Triomphe has a long history, going back to 1806 when Napoleon I ordered its construction to celebrate his military wins, especially the victory at Austerlitz. He wanted it to honour the French army and its victories, so the names of his generals and soldiers are inscribed on it. At the base of the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, commemorating the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I. Here, an unknown soldier was buried in 1921, and every day at 6:30 pm, the flame of remembrance is rekindled.

How long to spend here

You will need about 45 – 90 minutes to visit the monument and take photos from the top.

Opening hours: 10 am to 11 pm from 1 April to 30 September; 10 am to 10.30 pm from 1 October to 31 March. Due to official ceremonies it may be closed on an exceptional basis so check the website before your visit.

Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile (line 1, 2, or 6)

Cost: €16 adult, free for children under 18

Tickets: buy rooftop tickets here.

I can’t think of a better day out with kids, especially during summer, than in Paris’s only amusement park – Jardin d’Acclimatation. Located in Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement, the park has over 40 different rides, carousels, a mini-zoo, a puppet theatre, a miniature train, pony rides, a splash park and many fantastic playgrounds. So, it is no surprise that one can effortlessly spend the entire day here. I cannot recommend it enough on your Paris itinerary for Day 4. It’s open all year round, and there is so much to do here. 

Jardin d'Acclimatation Carousel Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

Designed in 1860 by Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, the park drew inspiration from London’s Hyde Park—a place the emperor took a keen interest in. One fact you might find surprising is that the park’s operation rests under the long-term concession contract of LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) — the world’s largest luxury goods company. Conveniently, the park is situated just behind the stunning Foundation Louis Vuitton building in Bois de Boulogne. The Foundation is home to contemporary permanent and temporary art exhibits that are well worth visiting.

How to get here

It’s easy to get there from Arc de Triomphe by metro. Just ride three stops from Charles de Gaulle-Étoile to Les Sablons and, then, walk for 7 minutes towards the entrance. There is a Little Train that departs regularly from Les Sablons and it’s a really fun way to reach the park with kids.

Jardin d'Acclimatation Metro Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

What to do and see at the Jardin d’Acclimatation

Visit the official website to explore all 42 attractions available. From exhilarating roller coasters to gentle rides perfect for young children, there’s something for everyone. Discover a range of activities, including merry-go-rounds, boat rides, a miniature train, bumper cars, and roller coasters.

The park also features an animal farm with farmyard favourites like sheep, rabbits, and chickens, alongside a small zoo home to birds, turtles, and other reptiles. Trampolines, a traditional Guignol puppet theatre, and pony rides add to the fun.

Jardin d'Acclimatation Zoo 2 Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

I think that Jardin d’Acclimatation has one of the best playgrounds in Paris. There are distinct spaces, all close to each other, catering to different age groups and styles of play. There is even a water playground where children can run through a large space featuring various fountains and sprinklers.

How long to spend here

You can spend the whole day here! That’s how fun it is. However, if you’re visiting with very young children, a few hours should be sufficient.

Address: Bois de Boulogne, Carrefour des Sablons, 75116, Paris

Metro and train:

  • Les Sablons (Line 1). Take Exit 2, then take Rue d’Orléans, the Sablons entrance to the Jardin d’Acclimatation is 150m away.
  • Station Pont de Neuilly (Line 1). Entrance by the Saint James Gate.
  • RER C – Neuilly Porte Maillot or Avenue Foch stations. Access by the Sablons entrance.

Access to the Garden and free activities: €7 for adults and children from 80cm (around 3+). Free entry for children under the age of 3. The entry fee gives you access to the playgrounds, the zoo and everything but the attractions.

You can do pay-as-you-go for each ride. However, if you plan on going on many rides, I recommend you buy the Unlimited Pass. This pass gives access to all park attractions and offers better value compared to purchasing individual rides on the day. It costs €46 per person (from Monday to Friday) and €49 (on weekends, school holidays and public holidays).

Opening hours: Open all year round, from 10 am to 6 pm during the week and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Restaurants Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

Address: 133 avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008, Paris

Distance from the Arc de Triomphe: 5 minutes

Opening hours: 10 am to 11 pm daily

What it’s like: This brasserie is just a 5-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe. It has a relaxed vibe, a kid-friendly menu, and is a convenient stop for breakfast or lunch. 

Address: 15 Rue Marbeuf, 75008, Paris

Distance from the Arc de Triomphe: 15 minutes

Opening hours: Lunch is served between 12 pm and 2.30 pm on weekdays and 12 pm to 3 pm on weekends. Dinner is served daily between 6.45 pm and 11 pm.

What it’s like: This unique French bistro has no menu because all visitors get the same formula – a lettuce and walnut salad as a starter and sirloin steak with thin-cut French fries smothered in their secret sauce for the main course. There is a wide choice of desserts, including chocolate profiteroles. When you sit down, the waiters will ask how you like your steak done and what you’d like to drink. The service is fast, but there is sometimes a line to enter the restaurant. So, be prepared to wait or try elsewhere because the restaurant does not take reservations. There is no children’s menu offered, but steak and fries are usually a hit with most children!

Once you’re inside Jardin d’Acclimatation, you don’t need to go outside the park to find restaurants. There are five sit-down restaurants on the grounds and plenty of snack bars throughout. The snack bars sell ice cream, crêpes, waffles, churros etc so it’s easy to find a place to stop for a snack all day long.

Restaurants on site:

  • Da Antonio: This restaurant serves Italian specialities and is open from 12 pm to 5 pm from Wednesday to Sunday. A buffet menu is available over the weekends and school holidays.
  • La Terrasse du Jardin: This restaurant is open from 12 pm to 5 pm from Thursday to Monday
  • Le Café à Vapeur: this sandwich shop with a refined feel is open from 10 am to 6 pm
  • La Chaumière Gourmande: this restaurant is open from 10 am to 6 pm every day except Tuesday. It serves classics such as burgers, fish & chips for lunch as well as waffles and ice-creams
  • La Crêperie Eugénie: This is a great place to enjoy savoury and sweet crepes. It’s open at weekends and during school holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm.

 You can choose to pre-book restaurants in advance, but I’ve never had any problems finding food without reservations.

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