Things To Do With Kids

PARC PHOENIX NICE

405 Promenade des Anglais 06200 Nice, +33 (0) 4 92297700

www.parc-phoenix.org

 

Opening Hours:

9.30 – 19.30 (01.04 – 24.10)

9.30 – 18.00 (25.10 – 30.03)

Open every day

 

Admission Fee: Adults €5 and Children under 12 years FREE

 

Parc Phoenix is 7 hectares of land that is dedicated to an animal and plant biodiversity park with a lake, coffee shop, playground and picnic facilities that promises to keep the kids and adults entertained for at least two hours if not more. The park is beautifully landscaped and designed for fun.

 

Close to the airport, this oasis of greenery has 20 themed gardens with 2 500 plant species, more than 3000 animals including crocodiles, wallabies, iguanas,flamingos, monkeys and free flying exotic birds. One of the largest greenhouses in Europe with 6 different tropical climates is offering a visitor rich, colorful and steamy experience.

 

How to get there:

 

Bus Number 52 from the bus stop J.C. Bermond on Avenue Felix Faure (the other side of the Promenade de Paillon), hop off at Valliere/Promenade

Bus number 9/10 from the bus stop Hotel des Postes on Rue de l’Hôtel des Postes (past Massena square, first left after Galeries Lafayette), hop off at Arenas.

 

OCEANOGRAPHIC MUSEUM MONACO

Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco, +377 93153600

www.oceano.mc

 

Opening Hours:

January – March and October – December 10.00 – 18.00

April – June and whole month of September 10.00 – 19.00

July – August 10.00 – 20.30

 

Admission Fee:

Adults €14, Teenagers 13 – 18 years €10,

                           

Kids 4 – 12 years €7

 

From the aquariums to the collections of Natural History, including the giant Mediterranean and tropical fish tank, Shark Lagoon and Turtle Island the amazing 100-year old cliffside museum offers visitors a unique learning experience to know, love and protect the oceans.

 

The little ones will love the petting pool, where kids can touch the marine life and observe the fish being fed and the rooftop that has a play area with climbing whale, giant tortoises, restaurant and 360 degrees panoramic views of Monaco and Mediterranean.

 

 

ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS MONACO

Terrasses de Fontvieille, 98000 Monaco, Tel: +377 93 504030

 

Opening Hours:

Opened daily, October – February 10.00 – 12.00, 14.00 – 17.00

March – May 10.00 – 12.00, 14.00 – 18.00

June – September 9.00 – 12.00, 14.00 – 19.00

 

Admission Fee: Adults €5, Children 6 – 16 years old / Students €2.50

 

Built on the southern side of the “Rock”, these stunning zoological gardens were established by Prince Rainier III. in 1954. Today it is home to around 250 animals, around 50 different species including exotic birds, primates,, reptiles, lemurians, black panther, white tiger, hippopotamus, all living in quite exemplary conditions. Allow one and a half to two hours for your visit.

 

How to get there:

Bus number 100 from the port of Nice to Monaco, hop off at Place d’Armes (the stop is just before the entrance to the big tunnel). Walk up the ancient path till you get to the Palace. Walk left from the Palace till you reach the museum which is on the cliff. The zoo is also a walking distance from Place d’Armes.

 

One way ticket on the bus costs €1.50, buy your ticket with a bus driver as multiply ticket or your daily/weekly pass does not apply on the route to Monaco.

 

Alternatively you can catch any TER train going from Nice Gare Thiers or Nice Riquier Train Station to Monaco or Italian Ventimiglia. One way ticket costs €4.10.

 

Once at Monaco train station, take a pedestrian tunnel to the Port of Monaco. From the Port you can either walk for 30 minutes to the Rocher – the Rock or to catch a local bus number 1 or 2.

 

AQUASPLASH AND MARINELAND ANTIBES

AQUASPLASH ANTIBES

306 Avenue Mozart, 06600 Antibes, Tel: 00 33  892 426 226

www.aquasplash.marineland.fr

 

Opening Hours:

Mid June to Mid July 10.00 – 18.00

Mid July – End of August 10.00 – 19.00

Closed for the rest of the year

 

Admission Fee: Adult €27, Child €21, children under 3 years old go for free (please bring a proof of age).

 

A large choice of water slides that might suit even the more adventurous kids and their parents, a pirate play zone for the little ones, this makes a great family day out. It can get very crowded there so try to make it down as early as possible.

 

How to get there

Take a train from Nice Gare Thiers to Biot and the Aquasplash and Marineland is 200 meters from the train station.

 

If driving, get on the A8 motorway towards Cannes and exit at Villeneuve-Loubet (exit 47), follow the signs for Sophia Antipolis and then for Marineland.

 

MARINELAND

306 Avenue Mozart, 06600 Antibes, Tel:00 33 892 426 226

www.marineland.fr

 

Opening Hours:

Low season 10.00-17.00

Mid season 10.00-18.00

High season 10.00-19.00

Annually closed in January

 

Admission Fee: Adult €44.90, Child €36 per day, check different passes on the website

 

Biggest marine life theme park in Europe with daily shows featuring dolphins, orcas and seals and other residents including penguins, sharks, rays and polar bears. It can get very crowded during the holiday season so try to arrive early and check the times of various shows upon arrival to avoid disappointment. You can eat in one of the many cafes or bring your own picnic.

 

How to get there

Take a train from Nice Gare Thiers to Biot and the Aquasplash and Marineland is 200 meters from the train station.

 

If driving, get on the A8 motorway towards Cannes and exit at Villeneuve-Loubet (exit 47), follow the signs for Sophia Antipolis and then for Marineland.

 

 

LE BOIS DES LUTINS VILLENEUVE-LOUBET

2559 Route de Grasse, 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet, +33 (4) 9202 0606

www.leboisdeslutins.com

 

Opening Hours: Check the calendar on the website as it varies every day

 

Admission Fee:

From 5-64 years old €15

From 2-4 years old / 65 years old and + €8

 

Original, charming and low-tech fun park in a natural forest surroundings, consisting mainly of tree houses linked by rope walkways, promises over 3 hours of family fun and adventure.

Zip lines, giant trampolines, bouncy castles, swings, slides, magical hidden creatures to search for, bubbles blowing trees, this a hidden gem and probably the best adventure playground on French Riviera.

 

How to get there:

By car; get on the highway A8 from Nice to Cannes, take exit number 47 Villeneuve-Loubet, follow Grasse direction and after the third roundabout keep on driving for another 2,5 km till you reach the entrance of the park.

 

By train; take a train from Nice Gare Thiers to Cagnes-sur-Mer train station and from there catch a bus number 500 (direction Grasse, the bus stop at the train station is called Square du 8 Mai) and exit at Vanade station.

 

Alternatively you can take bus number 500 all the way from Nice (starting point is bus stop Albert 1er/Verdun, opposite of the Hotel Meridien), journey time around 50 minutes.

 

BACK IN NICE –  SOME MORE IDEAS FOR KIDS

 

PARC DE LA COLLINE DU CHÂTEAU, NICE

www.nicetourisme.com/nice/92-parc-de-la-colline-du-chateau

 

Opening Hours:
8.30-20.00 (01/04 – 30/09)

8.30-18.00 (01/10 – 31/03)

 

Whether you walk up to the chateau through the old town, hike up the steps from the Promenade Anglais or take an elevator for your pushchair (located next to the steps),  a visit to the Chateau is a must and a great outing for the whole family.

 

Waterfall, cascades, ruins of the castle, climbing tower, several playgrounds suitable to all age groups, sporting grounds, walking trails and spectacular views from several viewing points will keep the whole family entertained and ensures a quality time to all.

 

You can either bring your own picnic or take a break and refresh yourself in a little snack bar located on the top.

 

Read more in our Guide – Parc de la Colline du Chateau

 

PROMENADE DU PAILLON NICE

www.nice.fr/fr/parcs-et-jardins/la-promenade-du-paillon

 

Opening Hours:

7.00-21.00 (01/10 – 31/03)

7.00-23.00 (01/04 – 30/09)

 

Located between the Old town and Place Massena, you will find this 1.2 km long park that has a large playground for kids of all ages, small botanical trails and plants from all over the world.

The fountains with the water jets offer great fun especially for the younger kids (bring a towel and your camera as you get some amazing pictures of your children). In the summer the kids strip off to their underwear or swimsuits for healthy dose of spontaneous fun in the water.

 

ROLLERBLADING, SKATEBOARDING OR CYCLING ALONG THE PROMENADE

Roller Station Rental, 49 quai des Etas-Unis, 06300, +33 (0) 4 9362 9905

www.roller-station.fr

 

Opening Hours:

10.00-19.00 (April – June and September – March)

09.00-20.00 (July – August)

 

We recommend the Roller Station Rental for the best prices around and a nearby location, 5 minutes from the centre of the old town, across the road from the Promenade Anglais.

 

*Rental Prices:

Rollerblades and Skateboards

1 hour = €5, 2 hour = €8, ½ day= €9, 1 day= €10

 

Bicycles

1 hour = €5, 2 hour = €8, ½ day = €10, 1 day = €15

There is a possibility to rent child seat, basket and lock.

*These prices were correct on June 1st 2018 but may be subject to change

 

NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM

Boulevard des Jardiniers, Stade Allianz – Riviera, 06203 Nice, Tel: +33 (4)89 22 44 00 www.museedusport.fr

 

Opening Hours:

10.00 – 18.00 (May – September)

11.00 – 17.00 (October – April)

Closed on Monday, exceptional closings one hour before the match held in Allianz – Riviera Stadium.

 

Admission Fee:  

Permanent or Temporary Exhibition – Adults €6, joined ticket for both exhibitions €8.

Children under 18 years FREE.

Free admission for all on 1st Sunday of each month October to April.

 

For a trip to somewhere fun and educational, your kids will love this National Sports Museum located right beside impressive Allianz Riviera Stadium.

Originally inaugurated in Paris in 1963 and moved to Nice in 2014, it is the first museum in France dedicated entirely to sport and the roots of French sport. There is more than 45 000 objects and 400 000 artifacts related to sport, including Olympic torch, medals, soccer ball from the 1998’s World championship, when the Les Blues won, jerseys of famous athletes, vintage sports equipment, posters, photos…An inspiring experience explaining national sport evolution, the role it plays in today’s society while  forming one of the largest collections in the world.

 

Permanent Exhibition is interestingly divided into 4 groups:

  1. Individual Challenge, the strength of solo athletes participating in sports such as cycling, skiing, swimming, gymnastics…
  2. Man to Man Challenge, or duel between two sports men in box, tennis, martial arts, wrestling…
  3. Collective Sport Challenge – the importance of team spirit
  4. Beyond the Limits – tells stories of true heroes of sport’s world – mountain climbers, solitary navigators, conquers of the skies, athletes with reduced mobility…

 

Temporary exhibitions change regularly, please check the website for the current one.

There is a cafe, gift shop and several fun activities available for the visitors within opening hours.

 

How to get there

 

The museum is located nearby the airport and the motorway A8. If arriving by car, take an exit 52 Saint-Isidore and follow the signs Allianz Riviera. Parking free of charge is available around the stadium.

By bus – take a bus number 59 from Jean Medicine / Hôtel des Postes (located on Rue de l’Hôtel des Postes just off Massena Square) to Saint Isidore bus stop near Allianz Riviera Stadium. The journey takes around 30 minutes.

 

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