Here you are on a long weekend in the sun in Nice. What can you do that will satisfy all the family: the curious, the foodies, the artists and the sports enthusiasts? Here are five fun and friendly ideas of things to do in Nice with your children!
1 / VISIT PARC PHOENIX
An ideal place for a family outing! 7 hectares dedicated to nature in the heart of Nice.
Free for children under 12 and very affordable for adults (€5), Parc Phoenix is a friendly space perfect for family outings in Nice. There are more than 2,500 species of plants, 2,000 animals of 70 different species (mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, etc.) and a 7000 m2 greenhouse with different tropical and subtropical climates. With the “Famille Plus” label, visiting Parc Phoenix is an ideal activity in Nice for you and your children. You will be taken on a wonderful journey amidst colours and unique scents.
2 / WALK ALONG THE PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS
Then head to the colourful streets of Old Nice and the famous Colline du Château.
It is the most famous promenade in France: the Champs Elysees by the sea, with an 8 kilometre promenade for family outings on foot, by bike, scooter or rollerblading. Your children will definitely want to stop at the carrousel in the Jardin Albert 1er. Then head to Old Nice and Cours Saleya where you can stroll and enjoy a delicious ice cream. Finish your outing by climbing the Colline du Château. This park is a true paradise for families: lots of slides and games for children, climbing frames or places to play ball or rollerblade.
3 / TAKE UP THE MUSÉE NATIONAL DU SPORT CHALLENGE
With your children discover a unique place in France entirely dedicated to sport!
Attached to the Stade Allianz Riviera, the Musée National du Sport is a fun sporting place that’s ideal for family outings in Nice. An XXL exhibition of the treasures of French sport. From Zidane’s jersey in the 1998 World Cup finals to David Douillet’s kimono, Marie-José Pérec’s spikes and the tracksuit Laure Manaudou wore in Athens in 2004. Not to mention the temporary exhibitions and sports games for young and older sports fans. And this little gem has a unique price too: free for under 18s and €8 for adults. Enjoy it, the museum offers tours and educational workshops for children.
4 / TEST “NISSARDE” CUISINE!
Awaken your taste buds as a family with sun-soaked cuisine!
Pissaladière, the famous and real salade niçoise, stuffed vegetables, chard tart, stew known as “daube”, pesto, courgette flower fritters, stuffed cabbage, pan-bagnat, socca, panisses, etc. “Nissarde” cuisine is a mix of Italian and Provençal flavours. And what’s more Nice’s culinary heritage is in the process of being listed as a UNESCO world heritage. Nice is an open air restaurant for families where it is possible and recommended to try as many local specialties as possible. Refer to the list of restaurants with the “Cuisine Nissarde” label.
5 / VISIT THE MUSÉE NATIONAL MARC CHAGALL
Enjoy quality family time discovering the world of Marc Chagall!
Built by a former colleague of Corbusier, the Musée National Chagall is a museum not to be missed in Nice. It consists of a “house” but more particularly beautiful gardens in the heart of the capital of the Côte d’Azur. Marc Chagall wanted this museum to bring together his most important work on the Bible made up of over 400 paintings. Discover the world of Chagall with your family on a digital journey on a tablet (booking required). Set off to conquer the mystery work by answering riddles and exploring the artist’s imaginary world. Audio guides for children are also available. Prices: €8 for adults, free for under 18s.