Nice is a natural for kids, very family-friendly, and with many great activities to appeal to children of all ages.  Here’s our top list of things to do in Nice with kids.

Playgrounds

Promenade de Paillon climbing whaleNice has innovative playgrounds in every corner, from the Promenade de Paillon (giant climbing whale, octopus swings, fishing treehouse…), to the the top of the Chateau (giant climbing rope tree, ducks, huge waterfall), to the Parc des Deux Rois (shooting water spouts and ping pong tables, take bus #14).

For a rainy day, try Kid City, an indoor lego-land-like amusement park for little ones, 15 minutes from Nice in Lingostiere.

 

Water fun

water jets

  • The misters and water jet fountains off Place Massena are massive kid-pleasers
  • Several private beaches specialize in child-friendly with kiddy pools and play areas, like Ruhl, Neptune and Hi Beach
  • Some towns have netted jellyfish-free swimming areas, like in Villefranche and Beaulieu-sur-mer, both of which have gradually sloping sandy beaches
  • For rainy days, there is an indoor swimming pool in Old Nice

 

All About Animals

All are especially interesting to kids and all Riviera museums are free for the little ones, but click here to see the cost and passes for adults

  • hippodromeThe Hippodrome in Cagnes sur Mer has special horse racing days for children in the summer

Kid-friendly Culture

  • The Mercury Cinema has special Cine-bebe showings at 2pm on the last Thursday of each month, where you are invited to bring your babies and toddlers.
    Tram stop Garibaldi

Tire them out…

At Roller Station at the top of the Promenade des Anglais, you can rent skateboards and scooters (trotinettes) so that you can walk while the kids cruise.

For rainy days, try the bowling alley.

 

A bit farther afield you can find…

  • Canyon Forest adventure climbing park in Villeneuve Loubet, which also has a Pitchoun Forest for the littler ones
  • The The Saint Cezaire Grotto between Cannes and Grasse is a natural wonder with spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, and wondrous cavernes to explore.  Here is a page with the details and how to get there.
  • The Musee de la Mer on Sainte-Marguerite Island off of Cannes is a little hard to get to: The only way to get there is a quick boat trip, but that’s half the fun!   The museum is in the former prison, where you can see the cell that held the infamous ‘Man in the Iron Mask‘, and has remnants Roman shipwrecks found in the bay. The island itself is a joy to explore with lots of easy trails, so make it a day-trip.
  • In Antibes you’ll find the venerable 4-park MarineLand megalopolis, with four frenetic parks: The famous sea life park, Aquasplash water-slide park, Adventure Golf’s 3 trippy golf courses, and a farm park/petting zoo.  And if that’s not enough, Antibes Land amusement park is next door with giant roller coasters.  Park passes can be bought separately or in combos, and are as expensive as the parks are over-stimulating.

 

Winter Fun

It’s easy to keep kids busy in winter in Nice, with Christmas markets, concerts, and indoor and outdoor and ice-skating rinks (Monaco’s is especially great).  For thrills and chills there are small winter amusement parks in every town (Monaco, again, is top choice), including the giant indoor Luna Park set up inside the Palais des Expositions, where you can spin and fly while warm and dry, at a bargain cost.  Click here for a whole page on great winter activies in Nice.

 

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And if all elses fails…

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Photo credits:  the Grotto by the Grotto of St Cesaire, licensed under Creative Commons, Promenade de Paillon, Water jets and Hippodrome by Best of Nice.

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