If you are looking to take the family for an authentic French weekend break, Lille might be the right destination. Located in the North of France, the city is easily reachable by train with only 45min journey from Brussels, 1h15min from London with Eurostar and 1h from Paris. In 2004, the town was designated the Capital of Culture by the European Union. Since then, it has attracted more and more family travellers who are looking to find a great destination weekend break. So what is worth to do with the family?
BabyBreaks has done some research for you and selected the best things to do in Lille with your family.
1. Old Town – Vieux Lille
Even with a baby or a toddler, you can visit by foot especially if you explore the Old Town located in the North part of the town. It has been recently renovated with a typical Flemish architecture with great buildings like Comtesse Museum, Eglise Madeleine, cobbled streets, the Cathedral Notre Dame de la Treille and more.
Address: Vieux Lille, Lille, France
2. Guided Bike Tour
With so much to see, you may be wondering the best way to see it all. A guided bike tour in Lille is a great way to get around and take in the sights while being active outdoors. Thanks to over 500 km (310 mi) of dedicated bike lanes, you can ride around safely, learning about the history and culture of the city while having fun at the same time. Plus, biking is a good way to see more in less time. In two hours you can see the beautiful cobblestoned pedestrian streets of the Historical Center, the Citadel and Palais des Beaux-Arts, the city park, and much more.
Baja Bikes offers the chance to discover Lille in a fun and eco-friendly way with experienced guides. You can choose between a Highlights tour or if you’re traveling with family and friends or a group, they also offer a private tour. All tours are family friendly with child bikes and seats available.
3. Lille Zoo & Citadelle
The zoo is located on the West side of the Old Town. With more than 70 species of small and large animals like turtle, pandas, zebra or foxes, your little tribe will certainly have a great time there even if it is raining. After visiting the zoo, don’t forget to wander around the Citadelle, a military fortification built in the 17th century.
This new amusement park is closed to the Zoo and the Citadelle and has been recently opened with family-friendly attractions and great playgrounds throughout. This is a great complementary venue for families who are looking to stay outside and entertain their children.
Opening Hours: visit the website
5. Les Halles de Wazemmes
A weekend break in a French town can’t be complete without a visit to a food market and the Wazemmes Market would be the preferred choice especially if you would like to do some shopping and prepare your dinner at your vacation rental. Expect local food products with cheese shops, fish monger, butchers and more.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm. Covered market from Tuesday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Sunday and bankholidays from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
6. Parc Jean-Baptiste Lebas
After a visit to the Natural History Museum, head to the Parc Jean-Baptiste Lebas to enjoy your kids having fun in several playgrounds. This park is quite original with red gates all around the premises.
Are you still looking for things to do in Lille with your children? Not to worry, we’ve got the city covered with our Indoor Activities recommendations.
If you need some good places to eat lunch or dinner or simply relaxing in a café, make sure to check out our child friendly restaurants and cafes in Lille.
We have also researched for many hours what could be the right family accommodations in Lille, so have a look at our suggestions where you can find hotels and apartments suitable for you.
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