Kid Friendly Attractions in Lyon

Traveling to city destinations with children calls for a bit of forward thinking to ensure the little ones will enjoy the visit and are sufficiently entertained for the duration of the stay. Here at NileGuide Lyon, we are always adding to our Kid-friendly 'things to do' and activities, so you can spend less time planning and more time visiting.

Lyon is a very family friendly city to visit, and there are hundreds of kid-friendly things to do that the whole family can enjoy together. The city has numerous parks that are perfect for a day out.Parc Tête d'Or is a particular favourite with families visiting the city. In addition to 105 hectares of lush green space - that includes a 25 hectare boating lake - the park is also home to Jardin Zoologique da la Tête d'Or; an outdoor zoo where admission is free. Another notable park in the city is Parc Chambovet; a lively park with lots of sports activities.

For parks located just outside of the city, try Parc de Miribel Jonage - a fantastic natural park area that provides numerous activities centred around children. And for a walk on the wild side, Parc Animalier de Courzieu provides children with the opportunity to see wolves and eagles in their natural habitat.

Heading back to the central city area, Lyon has many child-friendly museums that will keep the kids (and the adults) entertained for hours. There are too many to list them all here (check the best search listings below), but for a few top pick, visit; Musée des Miniatures et Décors de Cinema (museum of all things miniature), Musée des Marionnette du Monde (museum of world puppets) and Musée des Automates; a private collection of automated puppets and dolls. In addition, Musée Historique de Lyon is great for older children who can take an MP3 guided tour through the history of Lyon.

Moving away from museums, many of Lyon's other tourist attractions are child friendly. The Renaissance 'traboule' passageways of Old Lyon will certainly enchant any child, and kids love taking the funicular from Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), up the hill to see the sights of Basilique de Fourvière and the Ampitheatre Gallo-Romaine on Fourvière Hill.

If you want to take the kids shopping, we can recommend a few shops in the city; FNAC, Etudes et Loisirs and Les Loupiots, are all great places to go for childrens' books and games, and Le Petit Train Bleu is a traditional toy shop that will have the kids captivated by the whirling of toy trains.

A few other mentions that shouldn't be missed; Le Parc des Oiseaux (25 km outside of Lyon), is an ornithological park that features over 2000 birds of 400 species and - for something alternative - Les Subsistances (Quai Saint Vincent) offers courses to children who wish to explore the performing arts.

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Parc de la Tête d'Or

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Boulevard des Belges

Large and lovely nostalgic park... read more

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Centre Commercial Part-Dieu

17 Rue Docteur Bouchut

Vast shopping centre... read more

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Promenades Navig'inter

13 bis Quai Rimbaud

Boat trips along the Rhône and Saône rivers...
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Marche de Noel de Lyon

Place Carnot

Lyon's main Christmas market... read more

Piscine du Rhône

Quai Claude Bernard

Seasonal outdoor swimming pool next to the River Rhône... read more

Subsistances (Les)

8 bis quai Saint-Vincent

Exploring the Arts... read more

Parc Chambovet

2 rue Chambovet

Large and active park in Lyon... read more

Rhône (Le)

Pont de la Guillotière

The grand river of Lyon... read more

Parc des Oiseaux (Le)

Off Route No 83

Natural habitat for 400 bird species... read more

Jardin Zoologique de la Tête d'Or

Boulevard des Belges

Outdoor zoo on the grounds of Tête d'Or park...
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Parc animalier de Courzieu

Parc Zoologique de Courzieu

Wildlife park/ Valley of the Wolves... read more

Piscine de Vaise

50 rue Sidoine Apollinaire

Olympic-Sized Public Swimming Pool... read more

Parc Chazière

25 rue Chazière

Big Park Located on the Western Side of the Croix-Rousse Hill... read more

Aquarium Grand Lyon

7 rue Stéphane Déchant

An Ideal Sunday Activity For the Entire Family...
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Études et Loisirs

29 rue Sainte-Hélène

Child friendly book and games shop... read more

FNAC Junior

Centre commercial de la Part-Dieu
Niveau 3

Books, toys and games for kids... read more

Les Loupiots

44 rue Franklin

World books for children... read more

Petit Train Bleu (Le)

7 rue de la Charité

Traditional toy shop... read more

Bibliotheque Municipale de la Part-Dieu

30 Boulevard Marius Vivier-Merle

For One & All... read more


8 rue Constantine

Kid's Sports Holidays... read more
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