Jardin D’Acclimatation (Paris, France)

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You’re in Paris, France and your kids are done with museums and more museums! They need a break. What do you do that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

The Jardin d’Acclimatation, a little west of the Arc de Triomphe in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne, is a great little amusement park opened in 1860 by Napoleon III. Over Spring Break this year, we went to Paris for a few days and on the last day, we wanted to take the kids somewhere fun with rides (that wasn’t EuroDisney).  This place was a winner with the kids, with a train ride into the park and other fun activities! Lot of locals were here and not many tourists which was a nice break!

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Even while getting tickets, there is a fun funky mirrors area. The kids were laughing up a storm. (Okay, maybe we don’t get out much. Or maybe my kids are just easily pleased.) They wanted to stay there and I had to convince them there were more rides inside the park!

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This park has a fun little playground area with a zipline.

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Fun regular carnival-type rides.

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There is a fun climbing area that the kids loved.

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And even a small little zoo. History tells us that during the Siege in Paris (1870-1871), when food was scarce, the animals in this little zoo were cooked to be eaten. Oh my!

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The just-their-size roller coasters topped it off for a great day for the kids. After visiting so many sites and museums, this was their treat for being great travelers!

**The Jardin d’Acclimatation costs 5.90 euros to get in per person (under 3 months is free), but this includes the train ride into the park.  If you don’t want the train ride, it is only 3 euros.  Once you’re in, like a carnival, the rides cost about 1-3 tickets. A pack of 25 tickets costs 55 euros. The playgrounds and farm do not cost any tickets. You can bring your own picnic inside or go to their various restaurants and cafes for lunch.

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