Guest post by Karen from Urban Pax
City Breaks With Kids – Things To do In Nice With Kids
Located on the French Riviera, Nice often provides sunshine and fun for the whole family, far away from the swish swooshing Rosiere, where kids can enjoy plenty of winter ski fun.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit, young children will love playing in squares and parks while teens will have plenty to explore. Put on your comfortable shoes and enjoy walking everywhere in Nice!
10 kid-friendly attractions in Nice
Promenade des Anglais
Parallel to the Mediterranean sea, the Promenade des Anglais stretches for 10 km from the airport to the port. Bike ride or just take your time strolling and admiring the view. Take breaks and have a nice lunch or coffee at the many beach restaurants along the way. Some restaurants have a small beach playground for kids which is a plus.
Vieux Nice Old Town
The old town, also known as the Vieux Nice, feels like a labyrinth and looks like a small compact village within the city. Nearly carless and eclectic, its narrow streets are lined with small shops and world food restaurants. Visit the cathedral St. Reparate and choose your favorite ice cream or sorbet from over 90 flavors at Fennochio.
Chateau de Nice
Chateau means castle, but the 11th-century castle is no more. All that remains now are the ruins but they are open to the public. The park is located above the old town. Climb the winding staircases (300 steps) or take the elevator for a fee.
The chateau has numerous walking paths, a beautiful waterfall, and a fenced area which houses a playground for children with climbing frames to suit all ages; there are benches nearby for parents to relax while they keep an eye on the kids.
Large lawns dotted with leafy shady trees, making it an excellent picnic spot. You can pick up fresh baguettes and fillings from the old town on your way up to make a quick lunch. Be sure to admire the amazing view over the old town rooftops and the immense Baie des Ange.
The flower and vegetable market on the Cours Saleya takes place every morning except Mondays. This extensive open market is on the outskirts of the old town and parallel to the Promenade des Anglais.
Colourful displays of gorgeous flowers, fruits and vegetables, various types of bread, as well as lavender souvenirs to take back home. On Mondays, the Antique Market replaces the flower market. Suitable for the whole family.
A bit more upscale than the old town, this large pedestrian area counts many shops, outdoor cafes, and restaurants. During the summer months enjoy lively street musicians and artists nightly. Suitable for the whole family.
Within the big red house that sits next to an olive garden is the Musee Matisse. It’s not a big museum, but it has an essential collection of the painter’s work. Suitable for the whole family.
Jardin des Arenes
Walk a few steps from the museum to the beautiful garden Jardin des Arenes de Cimiez. You can relax among the gorgeous 100-year-old olive trees that line the parc. Have a coffee in the small cafe, have a ride on the merry- go- round.
Families come here to have a picnic, play ball or just enjoy some fresh air. Every Sunday during the month of May there are numerous games for children, local food trucks and lots of family activities.
If you’re traveling with teens, then a stop at the shopping mall should make them happy. Three floors of well-known brands as well as new shops to try out that perfect dress or pair of pants/trousers.
Located near the airport, Parc Pheonix has a 4 euro entrance fee. Families who explore the large greenhouse with over 2,500 plants feel they are in a tropical country. In addition, kids love the bamboo garden and the area with small animals and birds. Don’t forget to watch the light show with music!
If you’re tired of walking everywhere, rent a bike from the city of Nice, aka Velo Bleu. Just enter your credit card info or download the app and a blue bike is yours for as long as you like. You don’t need to return it to the same place as there are many bike stations everywhere. The bike path along the promenade stretches all the way into the next town of St. Laurent du Var, but you can take it anywhere within the city.
Have fun and enjoy the beautiful city of Nice!
Written by Karen from Urban Pax a travel writer, avid explorer, single mamma of teens sharing travels and life.