Time to start planning your family autumn break in Paris

With the school holidays almost over, it’s time to start planning some autumn fun, and this article from discountvouchers.co.uk has excellent suggestions for a short autumn break for the family in Paris, France.

France is the most visited country in the world, with over 78 million tourists passing through per year, and for good reason. From east to west and north to south, family friendly France combines it all. Culture and castles; architecture and art; fashion and fabulous food, plus great skiing and hiking in the Alps.

Jardins du Luxembourg in autumn

Jardins du Luxembourg in autumn

France also has a charming and captivating riviera complete with Roman ruins in the south; beautiful cities, magnificent wine to drink, and impressive hills to the east; a rugged coastline, beautiful cities and Celtic remains in the west, and the flatlands along the English Channel in the north. Although it’s often considered to be an expensive country to visit,  the entire country including Paris, can be an affordable and fun trip for the family, especially when visited for a short break in spring or autumn.

Getting There and Around

UK tourists visiting France can arrive  by air via inexpensive UK-based carriers. There are also economical rail options if you plan ahead and taking a car is also possible via the Channel Tunnel or the ferry companies. Low-cost and no frill charters that fly to France from UK destinations include Ryanair, Easyjet and First Choice. First Choice offers low cost daily fares and a selection of First Choice discount codes can be found online for extra savings. Be sure to locate First Choice discount vouchers before booking a flight with this carrier.

River sightseeing in Paris on the Batobus by HelloParis

River sightseeing in Paris on the Batobus by HelloParis

Saving money on Parisian attractions

Visiting breathtaking sites does not have to break the bank. Free and low cost attractions to visit in Paris include the River Seine, the spectacular Notre Dame de Paris basilica, the Arc de Triomphe, weekly fashion shows in front of Lafayette department store on Fridays, and the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Get around by cruising along the Seine, or let the water sightseeing Batobus take the family to eight different stops along the bank. Ascending the Eiffel Tower will come at a cost, but admiring the architectural masterpiece from below is free.

The Louvre in Paris

The Louvre in Paris

The best of Parisian art and rich history is housed in the city’s many museums and galleries that are a top destination for tourists. Anyone interested in visiting galleries and museums should purchase a Paris Museum Pass, which covers more than 60 museums, including the world-renowned Louvre, Napoleon’s Tomb and Sainte-Chapelle. Be sure to verify which museums are covered and purchase a pass prior to your arrival in Paris.

Family Friendly Museums

Musée de la Poupée in Paris

Musée de la Poupée in Paris

Paris is often thought of as a romantic break destinations, but there are many attractions, some lesser known, that cater for families and which younger children will especially enjoy. The Musée de la Poupée, or Doll Museum, is a site of wonder and features an antique doll collection of over 400 dolls that were made in the last 200 years. The Musée de la Magie is another site to consider visiting, which offers exciting magical antiques. The live magic show and illusions in this subterranean museum are sure to impress both adults and children alike.

Family friendly activities

Disneyland resort, Paris

Disneyland resort, Paris

An afternoon of autumn sunshine is the perfect setting for a traditional Parisian style picnic in Luxembourg Park, the country’s largest park. Alternatively, any time of year is ideal to visit Aquaboulevard, the largest indoor European water park that is maintained at a comfortable temperature of 29 degrees Celsius year-round. And of course, if you are visiting Paris, no family should miss out on a day spent at Disneyland Paris, a mere 30 km away from the capital.

Visitor resources

To keep down the cost of your family autumn break, do check out the travel discount vouchers available at discountvouchers.co.uk
Notre Dame de Paris cathedral website – see the historic cathedral in the heart of Paris
Fragonard Perfume Museum – in a beautiful townhouse, a collection of perfumery objects to take you through the ages
Batobus – for your river tour of the Paris sights on the River Seine
Louvre – the must see art gallery of Paris
The Paris Museum Pass – visit over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris with one ticket
Musée de la Poupée – discover an enchanting childhood world of collectable dolls
Musée de la Magie – A glimpse into the magical world of illusions
Aquaboulevard – huge family water park for making a splash
Disneyland Resort Paris – become a child again where dreams come true

Photo Credits: River sightseeing in Paris on the Batobus by Hello Paris ,The Louvre in Paris by Al lanni , Musée de la Poupée in Paris by spiritsdancing , Disneyland resort, Paris by webast

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    Amy @ The Q Family
    August 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Great post all around for family planning to visit Paris. Definitely will be one of our resources when we plan our trip.
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    there are cool boutique in Paris also in this website http://www.epoquehotels.com

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    September 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Entrance to a large number of monuments and museums in France is free on the first Sunday of the month. It does mean you have to queue a bit more than usual, but if you’re on a budget it’s worth knowing! A list of the museums concerned in Paris and ‘Ile de France’ the region around Paris can be found here: http://www.parisinfo.com/paris-guide/argent/gratuite-et-bons-plans/dossier/gratuite-et-bons-plans-dans-les-musees-et-monuments_gratuits-le-1erdimanche-de-chaque-mois-toute-l-annee

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    September 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    What a wonderful resource for a Pars trip! And I love the fact that it included free and low cost things to do. This is one I must bookmark for now, and print out for when I get to France, which I hope will be someday soon.
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    Andrew Whiteman
    September 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

    To find out about forthcoming events in Paris before you travel have a look our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/helloparis or check our web site Hello Paris for other resosurces such as maps and shopping info.

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    May 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

    A lot of interesting information all around for family planning to visit Paris.I will talk with my manager about this. Great!
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