Bordeaux is known as the wine capital of France and for that reason many people avoid traveling here with kids. But that’s only because most people don’t realize how family-friendly Bordeaux really is. There are so many amazing things to do in Bordeaux with kids!  From Beautiful parks to kids-friendly biking paths, stunning beaches, and attraction parks, this region has it all!

In this article, I gathered 30 things you can do with your kids in Bordeaux and its surroundings (the SW of France). I included both outdoor and indoor activities and even kids-friendly wineries you should visit. I hope it’ll give you plenty of ideas to plan a perfect family trip to Bordeaux. If you’re also looking for a kids-friendly hotel in Bordeaux, I’ve got you covered in this article.

Note– in case you plan to visit many places in one or two days, consider buying the Bordeaux city pass, which gives plenty of free entrances to the city’s museums and public transport.

If Bordeaux is not the only destination on your list, check out my other guides for kids-friendly destinations in the Southwest of France. Now let’s dig in! 

Things to do with kids in Bordeaux Metropole

Splash in the Miroir d’eau

The biggest water mirror in the world is one of the best things to do with kids when the temperatures rise in Bordeaux. Every 15 minutes the water rises and creates a very shallow pool where kids can run and splash in the water. When the kids are tired just spread a blanket in the little garden nearby and have a picnic

The water mirror operates daily from 10 am to 10 pm and is closed in the winter for maintenance.

Eat in a kids-friendly restaurant

Bordeaux is the city of restaurants but we all know how exhausting it can be with kids. That’s why it’s important to choose a kids-friendly restaurant when traveling here. While there are quite a few restaurants now that offer a kid’s menu, there aren’t many where kids can actually occupy themselves so you can eat.

If you want a fun foodie experience in Bordeaux but also to avoid taking your kids to restaurants, I highly recommend taking a kids-friendly food tour. This will allow you to discover not only the city itself but also its sweet specialties and other delicacies. Two kid-friendly food tours I can recommend are the private food tour with Anne (who is a chef and a mom to little kids herself), and the group patisserie tour in the old center of Bordeaux.

Max a table - a kids friendly restaurant in Bordeaux
Max a Table – Lost in Bordeaux

Here’s a partial list of the places of the restaurants in the center of Bordeaux that I like taking my kids to: Max a Table, for their hamburgers and touchscreen tables, Monzu is a great Italian restaurant where your kids can color while they wait for the food. La Douce Parenthèse is a very sweet Salon de The with great tarts and a small coloring table for the kids. And if you’re not too hungry you can also take them to the games cafe Atelier B and order a charcuterie board and wine while you play.

Take a scooter or bicycle and go to the Quai

One of the main accomplishments of Bordeaux’s makeover in the two last decades is the beautiful riverfront on the left side of the Garonne. A pedestrian-only 4.5 km promenade stretches out between Gare Saint Jean and Bassin a flot in the north of the city. 

When it’s sunny outside you can see plenty of families with bikes, scooters or skates riding the paths. The bridge-to-bridge trail is one of the most popular routes to discover the Garonne area. If your kids are a bit older, you can also enjoy a guided biking tour, which is an amazing opportunity to discover the city in a more dynamic way.

If you don’t have bikes you can take the (almost) free city bike, all you need is a credit card. Check out all the stations in Bordeaux here. That option will be great for you if you’re traveling with teenagers. If you need bikes for smaller kids, you can use the services of Bike Hire, who will deliver them to your hotel.

Picnic in the park (Jardin public and many others)

A picnic in the park is one of the easiest ways to spend some time outside with your kids. You can enjoy your bottle of rosé while they run around the park. When in Bordeaux, many people head straight to Jardin Public, and while it’s a beautiful park, it’s far from being the only green spot in the city.

To help you get familiar with the green parts of the city, I gathered a list of the best places to have a picnic in Bordeaux, which include both big parks and little gardens and some necessary playgrounds – click here to read the post.

parc Bordelais in Bordeaux
Parc Bordelais by Lost in Bordeaux

Take the little train to tour the city

If you want to discover Bordeaux in a fun way, take the little train that departs from the tourists’ office. This 45-minute tour passes by the main sites of the historic city like Place des Quinconces and Place de la Bourse (with Scripted commentaries available in 8 languages). The train leaves every two hours from the Tourist information office, where you also buy the tickets. For more details and tickets click here.

A boat trip on the Garrone River

Another fun way to discover Bordeaux with kids is taking the Garonne River cruise. The 1.5-hour cruise starts from the city center and passes by iconic landmarks like the Place de la Bourse and the Saint Pierre Stone Bridge. It’s not a huge boat, which makes it nice and cozy when traveling with kids.  And, it also comes with a glass of wine, isn’t that amazing? You can book your tour here.

Natural History Museum

After years of renovations, the Museum of Natural History of Bordeaux finally opened its doors in March 2019. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in France with more than a million specimens. 

Natural history museum in Bordeaux

Besides the new design and the incredible collection, one of the new features in the renovated museum is the “Early Years Museum” for kids under 6 years old. The museum also hosts many temporary exhibitions that kids usually love! See if they have any special events when you’re in Bordeaux

Entry to this museum is free every first Sunday of the month (except July and August) and if you have the Bordeaux city pass. The museum is located at 5 Place Bardineau (the entry is through Jardin Public).

See other cool museums to visit in Bordeaux here.

Cap Sciences – Kids Science Museum

Cap Sciences is a kids’ science museum and one of the more fun and educative places in Bordeaux. The museum proposes interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science.

Another interesting feature of the museum is the kids’ workshops arranged by different age groups. Among them, you can find photography, molecular cooking, eco-citizens, and more. For more details click here.

The museum is located at Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, just next to the Cité du Vin.

The Virtual Room 

The virtual Room is considered the best virtual reality experience in France. They opened their first place in Paris but several years ago, luckily for us, they decided to open a virtual room in Bordeaux as well. It’s a collaborative experience specially designed room that allows you to travel together to the future without ever leaving Bordeaux :)The Virtual Room is great for kids 10yo and older and if you’re a family or a group of 2 to 4 people. You can book your tickets here.

Soft play

When you really need your kids to let off some steam the best place to go is a soft play and there are several of those in Bordeaux: You Kids Parc in Merignac, Youpi Parc, and Royal kids in Pessac and Kidooland in Bordeaux Lac which is actually my favorite one. In Kidooland parents have comfortable sits and even an outdoor bar to enjoy while they wait for their kids.

Go to the beach at Bordeaux Lac

If you’re vacationing in Bordeaux but have no time to go to the ocean, Bordeaux actually has a lake with a beach. The cute beach of Bordeaux Lac (Plage du Lac ) has everything you need: a sandy clean beach with beautiful clear and calm water and a lot of shade from the nearby trees. The beach is open to the public daily from June 1st to mid-September. Starting July 1st it offers water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf, and more. Check out the list of daily activities here.

Bordeaux lac
Bordeaux lac by Lost in Bordeaux

Note – if you do have a car, I highly recommend trying one of the amazing beaches outside of the city.

Surfing in a coffee place

This is a super cool activity for kids (over 8 yo). The Wave Surf Café is the first indoor cafe where you can surf! The Big artificial wave in the middle of the coffee shop imitates the ocean waves and allows you to feel like a professional surfer in the city center :). If your kids love big waves but you don’t have the time to get to the ocean, this is a great experience for you!

The Wave Surf cafe is open daily, reservation is required. For more details click here.
Where: 174 Cours du Médoc, 33300 Bordeaux

Skating

There are two great options for kids who like to skate. One is the skatepark on Quai des Chartrons which is a great facility. For those heading to the Sunday market on Quai des Chartrons, that would be a great break for the kids. 

skating on the quai in Bordeaux
photo by: @lost_in_bordeaux

If you need a change of scenery from the center of Bordeaux, cross the river to Darwin. It’s a super cool urban space that has a skateboard park made from recycled materials and a special cultural landscape of street art and electronic music. This is a good option for rainy days. You can also rent a skateboard there. 

Where: 87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Go ice skating at the Meriadeck

La Patinoire de Mériadeck is a sports complex in Bordeaux Center that hosts hockey games as well as many different concerts. However, several days a week the place is open to the public and you can come with your family and enjoy ice skating in this huge arena. 

As the Patinoire hosts many different events during the year, its opening hours might change from time to time, so before heading there with your kids, check out the schedule.  It is usually closed during the summer vacation.

Where: 95 Cours Maréchal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Discover Bordeaux and the region through a game – Terra Aventura 

Our region, Nouvelle Aquitaine, has come up with a perfect way to discover the region with kids. It offers a free geocaching game called Terra Aventura, an immersive activity that will help you get your kids engaged when discovering a new destination. Be it a natural reserve or a historic landmark, the game makes them discover the place playfully through a series of questions and clues. 

Terra Aventura is a free app, all you need to do is download it on your phone. The games are offered in French and English. The app offers four games in the suburbs of Bordeaux and many others in different parts of Gironde. See all the details about the games in Ile de Ré following this link.

Puppet show at the Park

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry show in France. Every summer (July and August) the theatre company is hosting daily spectacles for kids in Jardin Public and Parc Bordelais. Read more about the theater here.

Guignol Guérin - puppet theater in Bordeaux
Guignol Guérin in Jardin Public – Lost in Bordeaux

The show usually starts at 16:00 but can be canceled or postponed when it’s raining or getting too hot. In December there are a few spectacles taking place at the Inox Theatre in Bordeaux. The shows are in French.

Go to the pool

There are several kids-friendly pools in the Bordeaux metropole, with one of them being very close to the city center.  

Next to the Meriadeck, you’ll find the Piscine Judaique located in a beautiful art deco building. That’s where most people living in the city center take their kids to swim. It’s a very kids-friendly pool with a kids pool, water slides, floats, and more. The pool is closed on Mondays and bank holidays. 

If you have a car there are many other great kids-friendly pools in Bordeaux like the one in the Stade Nautique Pessac, the Pinsan pool in Eysins, and the Ucpa Aqua Stadium in Merignac.

Go rollerblading

If your kids love rollerblading or skating I have the perfect place to suggest! Moovens Rollers is a place that has opened up recently in Gradignan (one of Bordeaux’s suburbs) where you can come and enjoy skating as well as fun roller disco evenings. You can rent your skates and rollers there, which is perfect for tourists who don’t have the equipment with them in Bordeaux.

The place is located at 11 Av. de la Madeleine, 33170 Gradignan. See all the details here.

Adventure park in Merignac  

Tepacap is a new amazing adventure park in Merignac, one of Bordeaux’s suburbs. The park is located in the Decathlon sports village, and offers a variety of activities such as treetop walking, a labyrinth, and a treasure hunt group games. 

It’s very popular in the summer so be sure to book in advance. The park is open from April to the beginning of November. You can see the opening hours and prices here

Where: 10 Rue Archimède Entrée à Décathlon, 33700 Mérignac

Shopping in one of the malls

Who doesn’t love shopping, right? Well, I personally don’t but I know that quite a lot of teenagers see it as a legitimate site seeing in the city. 

So where do we shop in Bordeaux? The main shopping street is rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian street in France. Very close to it you have the Meriadeck which is the only shopping center in the city center. But if you’re looking for bigger malls, with plenty of clothing retailers, you’ll have to go a bit further to the shopping centers in the surrounding towns such as Rives d’Arcins in Begles, Aushopping in Bordeaux lac or Mérignac Soleil.

Spend time at the main library

If your kids are interested in books, the Bibliothèque in Mériadeck has a library for kids between 0 and 13 years old. The place includes novels, comics, manga, music, movies, and even a coloring space for the little ones. 

Bibliothèque in Mériadeck
Bibliothèque in Mériadeck – by Lost in Bordeaux

Apart from books, the Meriadeck library also hosts different events such as little shows for kids, story time, and video games in groups. On the first floor of the library, you’ll find a kids’ room with games and books for the little ones. It’s a great option for rainy days. The opening hours of the Meriadeck library vary throughout the year, see schedule here

Where: 85 Cours Maréchal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Ferme urbaine des Iris

The Iris Animal Farm in Lormont is a magical place that allows you to spend a fun day with your kids in nature. On the farm, your curious kids can learn about animals and feed them. They have a wide variety of animals, among them rabbits, donkeys, and goats. 

Ferme urbaine des Iris - visit animal farm with kids in Bordeaux
Ferme urbaine des Iris – Lost in Bordeaux

Ferme urbaine des Iris is located just a few minutes walk from one of the most beautiful parks in Bordeaux, Parc de L’ermitage.The farm is closed for groups on school vacations. For more info click here.

Where: 8 Rue Sourbes, 33310 Lormont

Climbing

Indoor climbing has become extremely popular in Bordeaux and there are numerous facilities where you can do that with kids. These are the climbing centers in or close to Bordeaux: Arkose, Block’out Roc’ and Climb up. Block’out Roc is located very close to the center in the Chartrons neighborhood and the other ones will require to take a tram or a car from the city center.

Go to the zoo

The Zoo of Bordeaux, located in Pessac, is a beautiful family-friendly place. It allows you to discover more than 250 different animals from monkeys to giraffes and white tigers. The zoo organizes plenty of events for kids throughout the year. The Zoo is open daily all year long, except on December 25 and January 1st. For more details click here.

Where: 3 Rue du Transvaal, 33600 Pessac

Take your kids to a classical music concert 

Every first Sunday of the month the National Orchestra of Bordeaux (ONBA) hosts a classical music concert either at the Grand Theatre or the Auditorium of Bordeaux. The concerts are usually around 45 to 60 minutes long and the ticket price is €10 for adults and €1 for kids, so it’s a great opportunity to introduce your kids to classical music. You can see this Sunday’s concert on the Opera website

Throught the year the Grand Theatre offers special activities for the little ones and events for babies. Follow their program here.

A bit farther – things to do around Bordeaux (Gironde)

Route du vin with kids – visit family-friendly wineries

Traveling to Bordeaux with kids doesn’t mean you can’t discover this incredible wine region

I have been visiting many wine estates (wine chateaux) with my kids since moving here and the owners were very welcoming most of the time. However last couple of years (since my kids became very hard to travel with 🙂) I discovered a few super kids-friendly wineries that offer different activities to keep kids busy and parents happy. 

Discover wineries in Bordeaux on self guided tours in the Bordeaux wine region
Discover wineries in the Bordeaux wine region – by List in Bordeaux

You can read all my recommendations for kid-friendly chateaux in the Bordeaux wine region in my article. I have included wineries in Saint Emilion, Pessac Leognan, Medoc, and other appelations so you should find at least one that fits your route.

Kayaking on one of Bordeaux’s rivers

If you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor activity, kayaking/ canoeing on the river is perfect for that. Bordeaux is surrounded by several both wide and narrow rivers as well as the Bassin d’Arcachon which all offer kayaking/ experiences. 

For one of the best kayaking experiences near Bordeaux go to Arès, a little port village on Bassin d’Arcachon. There you can choose between kayaking in the salt meadows of the Bay or a longer kayak trip to Île aux Oiseaux in the heart of the Bay.

kayaking on the L’Eyre river next to Arcachon
Canoe on the L’Eyre river – Lost in Bordeaux

If you prefer kayaking on a river go to the L’Eyre, a coastal river that flows through the Gascogne forest into Arcachon, and where plenty of places offer kayaking trips. The closest town to Bordeaux would be Mios where you can rent all the equipment from T en Leyre

I recently went with my girl on a canoe trip in the more wild part of the river, which was amazing. It was a 6km trip we started at Moustey (40km south of Bordeaux) and you can do it alone or as a guided tour – you can book it online. Other kayaking options are on the Cerons in the south of Gironde or traveling a bit farther to the wider Dordogne River. Here are all my recommendations for Kayaking on the Dordogne river.

Check out my article about all the best things to do in Arcachon with kids.

Futuroscope – the biggest amusement park in the SW of France

Futuriscope is technically not near Bordeaux, you have to drive for about 2 hours to get there. But it’s the biggest amusement park in the Southwest of France and generally one of the best ones in France, so I had to include it on the list.

Futuroscope is known for its futuristic architecture and multimedia and cinematic experiences. The park offers a wide range of entertainment shows, including light and water displays and live performances. Throughout all these amazing experiences your kids get to learn about science, technology, and innovation. 

So if you’re looking for a perfect futuristic gateway, Futuroscope is your place! You can buy tickets for one or two days and if you’re planning to come later in the day there’s a reduced price after 17:00. See all your ticket options here

Note: While anyone can enter the park, it’s not recommended under the age of 5yo

La Ferme Exotique

La Ferme Exotique is a charming animal farm located in Cadaujac, about 20 minutes from Bordeaux. There are almost 1000 animals on the farm, coming from all over the world and in all sizes. It’s a unique experience as they allow kids to really connect with the animals and even help feed some of them. 

The park is open daily from April to October and mostly on weekends and Wednesdays the rest of the year. For more details click here.
Where: Domaine de la Roussie, 1932 Chemin du Port de l’Esquillot, 33140 Cadaujac

Take the kids to an amusement park

Parc de la coccinelle is an amusement park in Gujan-Mestras, on the Bassin d’Arcachon. This park is a perfect day out that your kids will definitely enjoy. It has everything from water slides, roller coasters, trampolines, and even an animal farm where you can feed baby goats. 

It’s open from April to the beginning of November, however, it’s not open every week, so check out the schedule before going. You can buy tickets online if you want to avoid the line in the summer.

This park is perfect with little ones, but if your kids are a bit older they will probably enjoy Kid Parc, located in the same area in Gujan Mestras. If you need more ideas on what to do with kids when going to Arcachon, check out my post about the best things to do with kids in Arcachon.

Where: Parc de loisirs, La Hume, 33470 Gujan-Mestras

The inflatable water park in Biscarrosse

Bordeaux is just one hour away from the biggest inflatable water park in the world! The AquaPark is equipped with water ziplines, several diving boards of different heights, trampolines, catapults, climbing walls, slides, and more.

The park is accessible to kids over 4 years old. In the summer, the park has special slots for kids from 4 to 10 yo, so they can enjoy it in a calmer environment. The Aquakids is open from July – August on Wednsday, Friday, and Sunday from 9:00 to 11:30. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. For more details and tickets click here.

Where: Port Maguide, 18 Chemin de Maguide, 40600 Biscarrosse

Where to stay in Bordeaux with kids? 

There are quite a few kid-friendly hotels in Bordeaux, you can read all my recommendations in my article about the most family friendly hotels in Bordeaux

If you need ideas for what to do with kids when it’s raining in Bordeaux, click here. Apart from that list I constantly update about kids-friendly events and activities taking place monthly in Bordeaux.

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via Lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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