Walking in the Jardin des Tuileries


Trampolines, a funfair, and Impressionist art make this classic Paris park a popular destination for kids.

Begin just outside the Louvre at the Arc du Carroussel (1), a triumphal arch with a horse-drawn chariot on top. Look for the sculptures by Aristide Maillol located between the hedges on either side. The bronze figures of women represent assorted times and sentiments, such as Spring, Night and Grief. Ask kids to figure out what each statue symbolyzes.

Go down the steps into the Jardin des Tuileries. On either side of the broad gravel path are paths, pools sculptures, and several cafés where you can eat lunch, snack, or buy sandwiches and drinks to go. Give toddlers a pony ride (2) or rent a toy sailboat (3) to float in the pool. On the rue de Rivoli side, you’ll find a playground (4), a carousel (5), and a bouncy trampoline park (6) suitable for kids ages 2-14. A funfair occupies the upper terrace in July and August.

On the Seine side, giant sculpted toadstools grow amid real vegetables in the potager (7), where children can take gardening courses. The Musée de l’Orangerie (8) is best known for its two oval rooms designed to display Monet’s huge paintings of water lilies at Giverny. He took great care to suggest different times of day and seasons – see if kids can work out when they were painted. Kids will also like the paintings by Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, and the Douanier Rousseau, as well as Chaim Soutine’s The Little Pastry Chef, which are in the basement. Leave by the place de la Concorde exit.

Metro Station : Palais-Royal (line1, 7), Tuileries (line 1) and Concorde (line 1, 8, 12)