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kids French Riviera

Last summer we visited the French Riviera as a family. We stayed at a Eurocamp site in Frejus and knew that there would be plenty for the kids to do there, but we didn’t expect much for children outside of the park. But we did some research, hired a car to explore the area and actually found lots to keep the kids entertained.

If you’re planning a trip and want some ideas, here are seven things to do with children on the French Riviera…

1. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

The Oceanographic Museum in Monaco is an absolute must if you are visiting Monaco, especially with children. Here you’ll see thousands of marine species including clown fish, sharks, seahorses, cuttlefish, turtles and more. The Oceanographic Museum is a very famous and therefore popular attraction so I would recommend getting there early to avoid crowds and book your tickets in advance online.

Prices are €10 for children and €16 for adults. The museum is open all year round apart from Christmas Day and the weekend of the Grand Prix.

Read more about our day in Monaco here.

2. Promenade du Paillon

The Promenade du Paillon is a pretty impressive park located in the centre of Nice. Now, I can’t claim to have researched this place before we went because we actually just stumbled upon it while wandering around Nice. I am so glad we found it though as the kids loved it! There’s loads of fountains for children to play in which was perfect for us as it was such a hot day. There’s also a really cool kids play area as well as lots of green space and places to relax. This is the perfect place to take a break during a busy day in Nice.

Read more about our day in Nice here.

3. Nice train tours

We actually took advantage of train tours in both Cannes and Nice but I think the Nice tour was slightly better as it was longer than the one in Cannes, so this is the one that I wanted to mention in this post. Walking around big cities can be tiring even for us adult so imagine how the kids feel, especially in the summer heat. Train tours give their feet a break and it’s something that they really enjoy. My two loved hopping on the little train and learning lots about the city.

The train tour lasted around an hour and although I can’t remember the exact price we paid, I do remember that it was very reasonable.

4. Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael is somewhere that you may not have heard of as it’s a much smaller and lesser known town on the French Riviera. It was very close to where we were staying in Frejus so we were easily able to check it out. It’s great for kids as there’s much less hustle and bustle than in some of the more popular towns and cities, and there’s a great beach there too. There’s also a cool rooftop garden called Bonaparte Garden which has a children’s playground in it. There’s a big ferris wheel in Saint-Raphael too which the kids loved, as did we as the views out over the town were incredible. Definitely a good one to check out if you fancy a quieter, slower paced day in the French Riviera.

Read more about our day in Saint-Raphael here.

5. Promenade de la Croisette

Promenade de la Croisette is essentially the main strip through Cannes. It’s where you’ll find the star-studded floor and the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals, which is where the Cannes Film Festival is held each year. It’s great for older children in particular as they can learn a lot about the city and what it is famous for. For younger children you will find playgrounds at either end of the Promenade de la Croisette and then of course there is the beautiful beach. We spent some time on the beach one evening, as the sun was beginning to go down and it was absolutely beautiful.

Read more about our time in Cannes here.

6. Monaco Top Cars Collection

Another recommendation for Monaco is the Top Cars Collection museum. I wasn’t sure what to expect before we visited but we all really enjoyed it, the children loved looking at all of the old cars. The exhibition features almost a hundred cars of all ages, produced by the top European and American manufacturers, as well as six coaches belonging to H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Entry to the museum was €24 for a family of four.

7. Citadelle de Saint-Tropez

We almost didn’t visit Saint-Tropez as we didn’t think there would be much for us to do there as a family. I’m glad we went in the end though as it’s such a beautiful place. Here we discovered the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez and the Maritime History Museum, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The Citadelle is an old fortress with amazing views out over the town.

Read more about our day in Saint-Tropez here.

Have you visited the French Riviera before? Are there any other things you would recommend doing there with children?

Thank you for reading.