This blog post was updated on October 10, 2018.
Nice is synonymous with the glamorous Cote d’Azur lifestyle. However, it can also be a great place to vacation with kids— you just need to know where to take them. Here are five activities in Nice your kids are sure to enjoy (and you, too!).
Colline du Chateau
If the kids have energy to burn, head up to “castle hill” and let them climb around. This former site of Nice’s main defense bastion has been transformed into a park, complete with stylish, contemporary play structures. Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the ancient ruins, and some may be interested in the glamorous graveyards where Nice’s ultra-wealthy were laid to rest.
Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais is an expansive esplanade that stretches from the airport (on one end of the city) to the port (on the other end, near the old town). Families with older kids can rent bikes at a Vélo Bleu station and go for a ride, or simply spend an afternoon strolling the length of the city and taking in the beauty of the Côte d’Azur.
Family members with a sweet tooth should head straight to Confiserie Florian. This Nice institution is like no candy shop you’ve ever visited before. Florian specializes in candied/jellied fruit (confit), sweet treats that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Watch a candy-making demonstration and then sample some of their wares!
Located along the Promenade des Anglais, this botanical garden/jungle theme park is a wonderful place to stroll. You can see over 2,500 plant species that are grown here (the orchids are amazing!). The sizable tropical greenhouse is especially impressive. Kids will love the array of marine animals, reptiles, birds of prey, and stunning peacocks. There are even a few robotic dinosaurs in the mix.
A visit to Marineland (France’s answer to SeaWorld) is a great way to spend a day, and your kids are sure to remember it for years to come. Surefire kid-pleasers include a glass tunnel that runs through a shark tank (you feel like you’re “swimming” with them!), the penguin park, and the killer whale and dolphin performances. If that’s not enough to fill they, head to the Ferme du Far West, a Western-themed playground (complete with a petting zoo). If the kids still have energy, take them to waterpark or one of the three 18-hole mini-golf courses.
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