Visit a park and playground Paris is known for

A visit to Paris is always filled with great things to do. For all of the culture, food and fashion that Paris is known for, its parks are often a second thought. That should not be the case with Jardin des Tuileries. This is a park and playground Paris is known for. That means that it must find its way onto your family’s itinerary.

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One of the best ways to get kids to enjoy visits to cities is to include parks and playgrounds. The Jardin des Tuileries just happens to be one of the best parks in Paris. Here are just a few reasons why:

It has a great playground

Playing on a playground in Jardin des Tuileries in Paris

This playground is designed for kids to play, run, jump, climb and hang until they just can’t any more. The main play set is geared towards older kids, but smaller kids can enjoy it too. They might need a bit of assistance, especially on the initial climb to the top. There is a ladder but it could be a challenge for a smaller child.

Kids stay busy for a good long while on this playground. There are also smaller slides and things to play on for toddlers so they will really have a great time here as well.

Playing on a playground in Jardin des Tuileries in Paris

Duck pond

This is a wonderful place to sit down and relax. The pond conveniently has chairs placed all around its perimeter. The chairs are great for relaxing. Occasionally there will be ducks on the pond enjoying the park right along with you.

Little ones will get a kick out of watching the ducks make their way across the water. For nearly every child, it is endlessly fascinating and enjoyable. For parents it’s a perfect spot to rest for a few moments and let the kids have their fun.

Carousel and Cotton Candy

Eating cotton candy after a carousel ride in Jardin des Tuileries in Paris

If you’re in Paris you may as well have a ride on a carousel. If you’re going to have a ride on a carousel shouldn’t it be in Jardin des Tuileries? The carousel is a usually a favorite part of visiting the gardens for young ones. It’s a nice little ride and of course suitable for even younger children.

After the carousel ride don’t forget the cotton candy. It’ll make the whole experience that much sweeter!

You’ll enjoy the scenic rows of trees

Trees in rows in Jardin des Tuileries

Perhaps the signature look from the Jardin des Tuileries are the meticulously manicured trees lined up in perfect rows. You’ve likely seen many pictures of the gardens but didn’t know where they were from.

The shrubbery and trees are cared for in a manner that you would expect for royal gardens. It’s nice to stroll up and down the rows of trees and admire the beauty that the park has to offer. If you’re looking for a great space to take some family pics this would be it.

Trees in Jardin des Tuileries

Close to the Louvre

When you’re planning your family vacation, it’s much easier to plan activities that are near each other. Since the Louvre will undoubtedly be on your itinerary it’s really easy to add the Jardin des Tuileries as well. Whether you want to visit the gardens before or after your visit to the Louvre, the close proximity makes it a very nice combination. If you have younger kids, it often works well to combine a culture heavy activity with something a little lower on the culture scale, like, say…a park!

Close to the metro

Taking the Metro to Jardin des Tuileries in Paris

The gardens are easy to get to. The Concorde metro stop puts you right at the entrance to the gardens. It also conveniently places you near the beautiful Place de la Concorde. The Concorde station will start you at the end opposite the Louvre and allows you to work your way through the whole park on your way to the Louvre.

The other metro station is the Tuileries stop. Getting off on the Tuileries station will place you closer to the middle of the gardens.

These options makes it really easy to access the gardens since the Paris metro is simple and easy to use and can be your main mode of transportation when in Paris.

It’s a beautiful park to visit

Children will have their reasons for visiting the gardens, but adults will simply enjoy the pure beauty the gardens have to offer. The trees and shrubbery being elegantly manicured is just part of the appeal. The park is laid out in such a striking way that it’s a pleasant place to wander and spend some time. The broad main walkway gives a clear view down to the Louvre.

Looking down the main walkway in the Jardin des Tuileries to the Louvre

On the other end of the park is a great view into the massive square, the Place de la Concorde. This is an enormous open space punctuated by an Egyptian obelisk in the center. Looking further west protruding into the sky at a distance is the Eiffel Tower. Either end of the park provides spectacular views of the best that Paris has to offer.

Looking out of the Jardin des Tuileries across the Place de la Concorde with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the Jardins des Tuileries.  Our family made sure to include it in our itinerary during our 5 days in Paris and so should you.  It’s a great place to stop and spend some time with your family. It can also be one of the most relaxing things to do in Paris. You can easily spend hours here between the pond, the playground and all of the wondrous beauty on display. It’s a great activity that the whole family will love.

Thinking about going to Paris with your family? Be sure to check out some tips to help make international travel with kids much easier. But before you do that, head down to the comment section to share some of your favorite family things to do in Paris.


  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog,, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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