There are lots of fun things to see and do with kids in Nice, particularly lots of interesting museums. But you can also go bowling, swimming, ice skating or even go to the cinema or to indoor playgrounds. With sunshine and pleasant temperatures most of the year, the best things to do in Nice with kids are to enjoy a walk or a bike ride on the Promenade des Anglais, or go to the beach. But there are plenty to do to keep the children amused. If you have time it’s also a good idea to take the train or rent a car to explore the French Riviera. The hotspots are Eze, Monaco, Biot and Antibes.
So if you need some inspiration, read on on our favourite things to do with kids in Nice. On y va!
1. Archaeological museum
Located in Cimiez, high on the hills overlooking Nice, this is the perfect activity for our little archeologists who can discover how Romans used to live 2000 years ago in the ancient city of “Cemelenum”.
The museum displays a wide range of potteries, sculptures ancient coins, amphorae and more. You can also visit the arena and outside ruins.
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 6pm , closed on Tuesdays
2. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Very much worth going over to Monaco (about 25 min by train or car from Nice) to visit this beautiful museum, also known as the Jacques Cousteau Museum. The explorer was the curator for almost 30 years until 1988 and was the driving force behind the dynamic displays that you see here today.
You will start the visit on the ground floor before heading down to the tanks. This is where the magic happens and you discover more than 6000 specimens in their faithfully reconstructed natural habitat, from the Mediterranean fishes to the impressive Shark Lagoon.
Address: Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco
Opening Hours: Varies depending on seasons – check website
3. National Sports Museum
Recently opened in the new Allianz Riviera football stadium in the outskirts of Nice, the museum has been divided into 4 sections covering individual sports, team sports, one on one and the last section is dedicated to pushing the limits to extremes.
They also have a couple of simulators like the Tour de France or Formula 1 which your kids might enjoy trying.
The display of all the memorabilia is very well laid out and any sports fun will enjoy crossing through the museum.
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday (May – September 10am to 6pm and October to April 11am to 5pm)
4. Kid City
Kid City is an indoor amusement park where kids up to 12 years old can run free, climb, slide and more in a secure environment.
They have a large colourful restaurant space overlooking the playground that allows you to have some refreshments while the children are having fun.
Whilst it is open to kids under 3 years old, do keep a closer eyes on them as the eldest children can get very excited and are less mindful of the youngest ones.
Opening Hours: Outside of School holidays : Monday 1pm to 6:30pm – Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6:30pm
5. Human Palaeontology Terra Amata Museum
Here you can explore how were the first inhabitants of the city of Nice living 400,000 years ago!!
In the permanent collection are the many findings that have been excavated in the late 1950s. From ancient tools, hearths to bones of the hunted animals, all items are displayed in order to provide an image of the life of the prehistoric inhabitants of the place.
The children will most likely particularly love the life-size reproduction of one of the site’s soils with footprints, rhinoceros jawbone, rabbit bones…
Opening Hours: daily (except Mondays and public holidays) 10am to 6pm
6. Canyon Forest
If you’re planning to stay a few days in the French Riviera, it is worth taking the time to go to this great adventure park nestled in an exceptional site between the river and the cliffs, only a few miles from Nice city centre.
There are over 160 different activity stations from treetop trails, climbing, rope bridges, Tarzan jumps to a giant 331-metre zip-line and more. Booking is required, especially on the weekend and high season.
Come on, get the whole family to climb up to the treetop!
Opening Hours: check website
7. Parc de la Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)
Free activity for the whole family to enjoy some sightseeing.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the city center, head to the hills to discover a lush green park with amazing views of the bay of Nice, the old town and the port.
Despite its name “Castle Hill”, there is no longer a castle, only ruins remain and are open to the public.
Let your children know that there will be some walking but they will quickly realise it was worth it when they see the impressive waterfall coming down from a short cliff. Once you reached the top there is also a safe playground with climbing frames to suit all ages, and two cafes with outdoor seating.
BabyBreaks Tip: come at the end of the day to admire the spectacular lighting of the sunset.
8. Parc Phoenix
Perfectly located across the sea and close to the airport, this 7-hectare park is worth a visit both children and adults will equally enjoy.
Part botanical gardens with over 2500 plant species, part animal park home to more than 2000 animals from birds to reptiles and even farm animals.
They also have several educational exhibits and play areas with slides, rocking rides and more.
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6pm (Winter) – 9:30am – 6:30 pm (Summer)
9. Promenade des Anglais
Be like locals and go to the Promenade des Anglais for a long walk, bike ride or roller skating. It takes its name from the English people who paid for it to be built.
The iconic seafront promenade runs for 7 kms between the airport and the port of Nice. To make it a fun family outing you can rent roller skates, bikes, children scooters etc at the “Roller Station“.
Stop for a bite to eat at one of the private beaches or take a picnic to the pebble public beach and enjoy a swim during the warmer days. Simple but kids love it!
Address: Promenade des Anglais – Nice, France
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