In my travels before babies, Jardin du Luxembourg was a favorite place to stroll and soak up Paris. And even with a baby in tow, we managed to carve out a little smooch time by its lovely Fontaine de Medici. With three kids along for the ride, however, I was thrilled—okay, we all were—to discover that the playground at Jardin du Luxembourg is perhaps one of the best you’ll find in the city.
Know up front, however, there is an entry fee of around a couple of bucks for adults and children. And be forewarned that the Parc de Jeux closes promptly at 4 p.m. on weekdays. Be sure to plan your visit accordingly – especially if you want to spend some of your Jardin du Luxembourg time at the puppet theater right beside this playground (Les Marrionettes du Luxembourg).
That said, there were plenty of things to climb, explore, spin, and twirl upon for ages 1 to 12, including the hands-down favorite for this family: standing zip lines. A mom I met (who happened to be visiting from San Francisco!) said her son had been riding the zip lines for one hour straight, and he was not ready to quit.
The paid playground is fenced and has its own toilettes and covered seating area, and drinks and snacks may be purchased at the entrance as well.
HOT TIP: If you end up there on a very cold day, don’t end up like me with four out of ten fingers going numb as you watch your kids play. Stop first by the booth near the large fountain and pick up a vin chaud to take with you. In Paris, you can be that mom at the playground. 😉
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Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks
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