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Guide to Nice for Families

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With its museums and sprawling promenades, Nice might not strike you as one of France's best destinations for families. However, the city is overrun with great options for children of all ages. Toddlers will enjoy the city's play areas — replete with climbing equipment, ball pits, animal sanctuaries, and water parks — while teenagers will appreciate the arts and crafts, sports and hiking, and game options available. There are plenty of activities to match adult interests as well, from engaging, interactive museums to family-geared classes. So bienvenue! Let's explore Nice!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

13 Places

4 City Tips

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13 Places

Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice

Gardens

Kid's City

Game & Entertainment Centres

Musee Archeologique de Nice-Cimiez

Speciality Museums

Musee National du Sport

Speciality Museums

Promenade du Paillon

Other Outdoor Activities

Roller Station

Equipment Hire

Chocolatier Lacroix

Gift & Speciality Shops

Laser Game Evolution - Nice

Game & Entertainment Centres, Other Fun & Games

Atelier Stuc & Mosaic

Lessons & Workshops

Parc Carol de Roumanie

Parks

Crypte Archeologique

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc forestier du Mont-Boron

Forests, Parks

Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois

Parks

Madison S's City Tips

  • If you are traveling with a stroller, be sure check that all of your bags are secured to it, especially in restaurants and cafes, as petty theft sometimes occurs in Nice.
  • Buy a "Multi-10" ticket for the city bus/tram. It works for 10 trips (plus transfers), so the whole family can use the same ticket. It saves time and money!
  • Children four years old and younger ride all buses and trams for free in Nice.
  • Nice offers a variety of museum bundles (science, history, fine arts), which allow you to access multiple museums for a discounted price.
  • Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice
    Gardens
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    Madison S Says:

    Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice offers indoor and outdoor fun for families of all kinds. Outside, the lovely garden walk and scenic trails burst with plant life and flowers, which are especially colorful in summer. Facilities include a children's park (with swings, slides, and jungle gyms) and many waterfall and mist fountains for kids to play in — some of them even musical! And inside the large greenhouse, the tropics await in any season, from unique plants to an array of exciting birds like parrots and owls.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Phoenix is a less expensive option than many of France's other pay-for-play parks.
    • The greenhouse at Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice is a great option for when it's raining or extremely chilly out.
    • There are animals throughout the Parc, as well as varied play areas, sculptures, and vistas. Take the time to wander and explore it all!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great day out 14/10/2018
    • Much better than expected! 11/10/2018
    • Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice
    Address:
    405 Promenade des Anglais
    06200 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 92 29 77 00
    Price range:
    US$ 3 - US$ 3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • Kid's City
    Game & Entertainment Centres
    Madison S Says:

    Run, jump, and slide! Kid's City is an indoor park of the traditional ilk, with plastic tubing and netting to climb and crawl through, and slides that deposit playful young'uns into waiting ball pits. Safety comes first, and all of the equipment is secure and monitored by staff, with areas appropriate for various age groups. In addition to the play-gym area, there are soft blocks and trampolines, as well as inflatables that can be enjoyed by younger kids.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Kid's City is closed on one Monday per month. Check the website in advance of your visit.
    • Two adults can accompany children for free, and there is a small fee per additional adult after that.
    • Water is quite expensive on-site, so be sure to bring a bottle along with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 38 Fun & Games in Nice
    • Wonderful moment for kids 21/03/2015
    • Anniversaire 08/10/2018
    • Kid's City
    Address:
    Forum Lingostiere
    590 Route de Grenoble
    06200 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 92 01 10 70
    Other:
  • Musee Archeologique de Nice-Cimiez
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Musee Archeologique de Nice-Cimiez is part archaeological museum and part archaeological site. The ruins here date between the third and fifth centuries BC, and include ancient Roman structures such as an amphitheater, baths, and a Paleo-Christian complex. They are great for wandering, simple climbing, and, of course, learning. The museum is mostly in French and on the whole too advanced for very young children. However, it has a great kids' display that compares ancient artifacts to their modern counterparts, allowing children to visualize how tools were once used.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Some of the walks around the baths have been blocked off due to deterioration. Be sure to pay attention to the signs, as these areas are not suitable for visitors.
    • This site is covered by the seven-day Nice Museums ticket. Children under 18 enter free, as do students.
    • There is an English pamphlet to guide you through the ruins, but the museum itself does not currently feature any artifact information in English.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 173 things to do in Nice
    • Good Insight to Roman Times in Nice but poor explanatory museum-craft 17/09/2018
    • A hotel to stay at, if you can afford it 02/09/2018
    • Musee Archeologique de Nice-Cimiez
    Address:
    160 avenue des Arenes de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 81 59 57
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Musee National du Sport
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Musee National du Sport celebrates the history of French sport in a fun and interactive way. Along with over 45,000 objects of memorabilia ranging from equipment and jerseys to trophies and mascots, the museum welcomes visitors to try their hands at new sports. Foosball, Wii sports, cycling and fencing simulators, and virtual Formula 1 racers are some of the safe and exciting options that let kids and adults feel like part of the action. Kids can even design their own sports, drawing them on-site and inventing the rules!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Musee National du Sport is closed on Mondays.
    • The Musee also features large screens with films and footage, which can be enjoyable for children even though they are mostly in French.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • English, please! 04/08/2018
    • Interesting 06/07/2018
    • Musee National du Sport
    Address:
    Stade Allianz Riviera
    Boulevard des Jardiniers
    06200 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 89 22 44 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Promenade du Paillon
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Madison S Says:

    The Promenade du Paillon runs from Place Garibaldi to Place Massena, providing a scenic urban stroll complete with unique outdoor sculptures and green spaces to enjoy. Along the way, play equipment dots the area, with an expansive play park appropriate for all ages. In hotter months, children will get a kick out of running through the fountains in operation along the promenade, while the ferris wheel is another major draw.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Promenade features stroller-friendly walkways and numerous benches where you can sit, regroup, and watch your children play.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 85 Outdoor Activities in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and enchanting water-themed park 12/10/2018
    • Nice is so fortunate to have this wonderful water park 24/09/2018
    • Promenade du Paillon
    Other:
  • Roller Station
    Equipment Hire
    Madison S Says:

    The Roller Station is a centrally located bicycle rental shop that caters to the whole family, providing children's equipment and bikes, as well as roller blade and skateboard rentals. Bicycles even come with baskets, locks, and helmets, making them safe, convenient, and good for toting around a picnic lunch.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are three Roller Station locations. The most central one has children's bikes for rental.
    • Bike rentals last anywhere from one to 24 hours. You'll have to leave a form of ID while you have the bikes out, and you pay upon returning the bikes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 85 Outdoor Activities in Nice
    • Lovely Bike Rental 05/08/2018
    • Good place 26/06/2018
    • Roller Station
    Address:
    49 quai des Etats Unis
    06300 Nice
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Chocolatier Lacroix
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Madison S Says:

    There's something for every sweet tooth at Chocolatier Lacroix — cakes, truffles, mousse, macarons, tarts, and more. The colorful selection will delight children, and you can explore new flavors or old favorites together.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The shop sells cooler bags for your treats, in case you want to take something home with you or out on a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 65 Shopping in Nice
    • Lovely old fashioned chocolate shop 30/08/2018
    • Excellent but somewhat boring 02/07/2015
    • Chocolatier Lacroix
    Address:
    3 rue de la Buffa
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 87 04 96
  • Laser Game Evolution - Nice
    Game & Entertainment Centres, Other Fun & Games
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    Madison S Says:

    Laser Tag has grown in popularity around the world, and at Laser Game Evolution the whole family can team up or go against one another in a classic version of the game. There is plenty of space to run around, and Laser Game Evolution can also accommodate large groups. It's especially fun for teenagers.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a weekday Happy Hour with discounted game prices. Check the website to see what day it is happening, as it varies from week to week.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 38 Fun & Games in Nice
    • UN SERVICE MEDIOCRE 13/08/2018
    • Soirée d anniv là bas 04/08/2018
    • Laser Game Evolution - Nice
    Address:
    604 boulevard du Mercantour
    Forum Lingostière, 1st floor
    06200 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 92 29 19 00
    Price range:
    US$ 11 - US$ 11
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Atelier Stuc & Mosaic
    Lessons & Workshops
    Madison S Says:

    An artistic workshop that can be enjoyed between parents and children, Atelier Stuc & Mosaic offers courses in a range of mosaic styles, from traditional French and Art Nouveau to antique and even Byzantine. There are classes specially geared toward children, as well as creative workshops for families and some multi-day courses for those who really enjoy crafts.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The shop at Atelier Stuc & Mosaic sells DIY kits with instructions, in case you'd like to take one home to complete together after your trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 18 Classes & Workshops in Nice
    • Intro to the Art of Mosaics 01/02/2016
    • solange S stage initiation à la mosaïque gréco-romaine 03/02/2016
    • Atelier Stuc & Mosaic
    Address:
    8 Passage du Temple Vaudois
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 64 29 19 31
  • Parc Carol de Roumanie
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    The Parc Carol de Roumanie is a park that locals enjoy, especially on weekends. It features a wide range of playground equipment, including recreational climbers and a water play area. There are also long expanses of green lawn for games, sports, and picnicking. Toss a ball, see who can go the highest on the swings, or sit back and give your feet a break with a few cold soft drinks from the kiosk.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Park has free parking nearby, which makes it easy to access for families with rental cars.
    • Pets are allowed at the Parc Carol de Roumanie.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 173 things to do in Nice
    • Fun with kids 25/06/2018
    • Pleasant park close to Le Musée D'art Naif. 03/02/2016
    • Parc Carol de Roumanie
    Address:
    23 avenue de Fabron
    06200 Nice
    France
  • Crypte Archeologique
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    The Crypte Archeologique is a very cool place for exploration. The ancient underground ruins form an expansive, imaginative landscape that bring a different time back to life. Families who are into history and architecture will especially enjoy them.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you intend to take a guided tour, request an English-speaking guide when you purchase your ticket, as not all of the Crypte's guides are fluent.
    • Buy your tickets for the Crypte well in advance from the Centre de Patrimonie.
    • The crypt may be temporarily closed, so make sure you check their website for the updates.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Some Tips! 18/10/2018
    • Educative and interesting 17/06/2018
    • Crypte Archeologique
    Address:
    1 Place Jacques Toja
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 92 00 41 90
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Parc forestier du Mont-Boron
    Forests, Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    The many paths and trails along Parc Forestier du Mont-Boron offer a lot to see and do. Waterfalls, ancient ruins, city vistas, and views of the coastline are just some of the great things the mountain has in store. Additionally, after the kids have worked off some of that energy running around, there is a park area with picnic tables as well as pétanque grounds where you can learn or play the popular French game.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is exercise equipment dotted along the main paths for adults to use, but honestly, the uphill walk may be workout enough!
    • There is an old castle on Mont-Boron. From April-September, visitors may check it out for a small fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden place 02/08/2018
    • No matter how, just get there 21/06/2018
    • Parc forestier du Mont-Boron
    Address:
    Route Forestiere du Mont-Boron
    06300 Nice
    France
  • Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois
    Parks
    Madison S Says:

    Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois is great for the whole family and especially caters to families with small children. Though it isn't Nice's largest park, it is packed on the weekends with families barbecuing and sharing meals at picnic tables under shady trees. Bring a bathing suit along when it's warm; kids can run about in the water play stations, or enjoy the jungle gyms nearby. You may even spot a few curious mountain goats in the distance.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you plan to use the water play areas, remember to bring along a swimsuit or change of clothes, as well as towels and sunscreen.
    • A café at the entrance of the park offers cool and hot drinks, crepes, ice cream, and a set menu for lunch. It also features all-important coin-operated toilets for park-goers.
    • Extreme sports are not allowed on the Parc lawn, but tossing a ball around is fine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 173 things to do in Nice
    • A simple but clean and tidy park 12/10/2018
    • Excellent park for small kids 01/08/2018
    • Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois
    Address:
    Corniche Andre de Joly
    06300 Nice
    France
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