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Guide to Marseille for Families

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Top tips for families visiting Marseille with kids. Enjoy!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Chateau d'If

Historic Sites, Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Petit Train Marseille

Scenic Railroads

Palais Longchamp

Historic Sites

Plages du Prado

Other Outdoor Activities

Le Cours Julien

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palais Omnisports Marseille Grand-Est

Sports Complexes

Musee d'Histoire de Marseille

History Museums

Orange Velodrome

Arenas & Stadiums

Parc Borely

Parks

Parc national des Calanques

National Parks

AnglaiseaMarseille's City Tips

  • Buy a prepaid bus and metro ticket (Transtick) - cheaper than buying tickets on the bus itself, and multiple people can travel on the same ten-fare ticket.
  • Restaurants in France are mostly family-friendly, but you'll need to observe strict local meal times if you want a formal meal. A wide choice of street food is available otherwise.
  • The Famille Plus card, issued by the Marseille tourist office, includes free public transport and discounts for families planning to visit several tourist attractions.
  • Don't miss the Children's Museum (the Preau des Accoules) in the Old Town. The museum has two special exhibitions a year.
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    Chateau d'If
    Historic Sites, Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Get your kids to read 'The Count of Monte Cristo,' Alexandre Dumas' thrilling novel of escape and revenge. Then visit the iconic island-prison, the story's real-life location.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The shuttle boat drops you off first at the island of If. After your visit, take the boat on to the island of Ratonneau for a swim and picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Literally & politically a must! 23/09/2018
    • Nice trip to the historical place 02/09/2018
    • Chateau d'If
    Address:
    1 quai de la Fraternite
    13001 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 59 02 30
    Other:
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    Petit Train Marseille
    Scenic Railroads
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Take a ride on this fun little blue and white tourist train, which will chug you up to Notre Dame de la Garde and along the beaches, or take you through the hilly backstreets of the Old Town.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can hop off the train half-way through both these routes and pick up a later train after you've had a look around.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    • Taxi Ride 18/09/2018
    • Great Way To Travel 06/09/2018
    • Petit Train Marseille
    Address:
    Harbour + Notre Dame de la Garde
    Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 25 24 69
    Other:
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    Palais Longchamp
    Historic Sites
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    There are lots of attractions for families to explore in this imposing monument to water: the Planetarium, the Museum of Natural History and a huge park to wander, play and picnic in.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Entrance to the park is free. The Museum is also free on the first Sunday of the month.
    • Watch out for special night sessions at the Planetarium.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing fountain and park 23/09/2018
    • Must visit, but don’t walk it 01/09/2018
    • Palais Longchamp
    Address:
    Blvd du Jardin Zoologique
    13004 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 14 59 50
    Other:
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    Plages du Prado
    Other Outdoor Activities
    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Marseille has plenty of beaches, but this one near the middle of town is the best for families. Easily accessible by bus, it has plenty of amenities to keep all ages entertained: playgrounds, bars and restaurants, and in summer, supervised sports, fun activities and a giant wheel.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Buses will be packed in the mid afternoon when the locals head for some sun after school or work. Try to get there early.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 88 Outdoor Activities in Marseille
    • Delightful walk at sunset 20/05/2018
    • Gorgeous! What a surprise! 29/10/2017
    • Plages du Prado
    Address:
    Avenue Pierre Mendes
    13008 Marseille
    France
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    Le Cours Julien
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Marseille's trendy and very kid-friendly 'bo-bo' (bourgeois-bohemian) district has a huge play area, colorful street art and fun spots to visit, like a little factory which makes traditional Marseille soap.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Eléphant Rose à Pois Blancs, at 3 rue des Trois Rois, is justly renowned for its homemade ice creams and sorbets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    • Dirty, shops without any interesting products 19/09/2018
    • Definitely worth spending an evening here 14/09/2018
    • Le Cours Julien
    Address:
    Cours Julien
    13006 Marseille
    France
    Other:
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    Palais Omnisports Marseille Grand-Est
    Sports Complexes
    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    It's not always hot in Marseille! This big covered sports park with skateboarding, BMX biking and ice-skating facilities is one decent place to go when the sun won't shine.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the website for opening hours - they keep changing throughout the year.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #164 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    • Friendly staff! 07/01/2017
    • Palais de Glisse 29/12/2015
    • Palais Omnisports Marseille Grand-Est
    Address:
    12 boulevard Fernand Bonnefoy
    13010 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 16 52 70
    Other:
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    Musee d'Histoire de Marseille
    History Museums
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Revamped and expanded, this excellent museum (tucked away in a 60s shopping mall!) tells you all you need to know about the fascinating history of Marseille, with plenty of interactive audio-visual aids and a special circuit of games designed especially for children.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Free admission on Sunday mornings. Arrive early to beat the queues!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent presentation 20/09/2018
    • Ever so slightly dull 17/09/2018
    • Musee d'Histoire de Marseille
    Address:
    2 rue Henri Barbusse
    13001 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 55 36 00
    Other:
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    Orange Velodrome
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    This is a must for football fans. The stadium was renovated in 2014 and looks sensational. Guided tours take you behind the scenes...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Parents, beware of the gift shop: unexpected extras might make this an expensive outing!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent stadium, poor tour 12/07/2018
    • Great 21/04/2018
    • Orange Velodrome
    Address:
    3 boulevard Michelet
    13008 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 13 64 64 64
    Price range:
    US$ 13 - US$ 13
    Other:
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    Parc Borely
    Parks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    One of Marseille's 'green lungs' is this gorgeous English-style park and lake. Hire a rowing boat or a pedal car, take a picnic or (with older children) visit the three museums in the Chateau Borely.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When you've had your fill of attractions at Borely, the beaches are just round the corner.
    • Don't miss the Japanese garden.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful visit 23/08/2018
    • a pleasant park,with bike hire. 07/04/2018
    • Parc Borely
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 76 59 38
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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    Parc national des Calanques
    National Parks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    The stunning landscapes of the calanques are Marseille's real must see, either on foot or on a boat trip from the Old Port.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A cheaper alternative to the pricey boat trip is the Blue Coast train from Marseille to Miramas via the lesser-known northwestern calanques.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 285 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice, but not a “must see” 23/09/2018
    • Mesmerizing 23/09/2018
    • Parc national des Calanques
    Address:
    141 avenue du Prado
    13008 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 20 10 50 00
    Other:
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