France with kids


Since moving to Bordeaux in 2017, we have been visiting the Dordogne region a few times a year.
There are just so many amazing things to do with kids in Dordogne, that I find myself going back there again and again. Luckily, and to my surprise, there’s always new stuff to experience as a family in the magical region of Dordogne. 

In this article, I gathered some of the most family-friendly attractions we visited in Dordogne over the years. Most of them are activities you can do with little ones but can also interest older kids. 

There are many more activities and kids-friendly places to visit in Dordogne, but here I wanted to give you a variety that covers all parts of Dordogne. For more ideas, you can follow me on Instagram where I regularly share all the places I visit with my kids. 

Visiting Dordogne with kids
Sarlat in Dordogne with my three kiddos

If you’re traveling with kids in other parts of the Southwest of France, don’t miss my articles about 

30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux 
The best things to do with kids in Toulouse 
Visit Arcachon with kids
Family-friendly vacation in Ile de Re 

If you’re planning to do several things from this list, see if it’s worth purchasing the Perigord pass. The pass gives you a 20% discount on entrance to different castles, gardens, and caves.

Best things to do with kids in Dordogne – the Sarlat region

Le Bournat – discover the traditions of the Dordogne region at an amusement park 

Located in Bugue, at the heart of the Dordogne region, Le Bournat is a truly one-of-a-kind amusement park that whisks you away to the golden age of the area. Prepare to be immersed in the rich history and traditions of the region as you step into “Le Village Artisanal”, the craftsmen village. From bread making to pottery, the park offers a range of engaging and educational workshops where your little ones can unleash their creativity and learn ancient artisanal skills.

Le Bournat - one of the best attractions for kids in the Dordogne region
Discover how walnut oil is produced- Le Bournat Park

After discovering the wonders of traditional craftsmanship the kids can enjoy a great selection of attractions like a vintage carousel, an old funfair with wooden games, riding in a 19th-century horse carriage, and more. 

Now mind you, this is not one of these modern amusement parks with speedy rollercoasters. Everything here has a very vintage vibe to it, kind of like going to an amusement park in 1900, and that’s the real charm of Le Bournat. My 7yo and 5yo kids really loved spending the day there, but it’s worth noting that teenagers might not find it as thrilling.

Pleny of fun attraction in Le Bournat Parc
Plenty of attractions for kids at the Bournat Park

The park is open from early April to the end of September – see the opening schedule here. From mid-July to the end of August, the park is open until 23:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, for an event called La Nocturne Du Bournat

The park offers plenty of restaurants and snacks so you can stay there for hours (and let me tell you, you will 🙂 ). Buy your tickets here.

Jardins de Marqueyssac – a labyrinth in the most beautiful gardens of the Dordogne

Prepare to be mesmerized by the Jardins de Marqueyssac, a breathtaking wonderland of meticulously manicured gardens and one of the most popular attractions of the Dordogne region. 

The gardens were created in the 19th century by Julien de Cerval, a visionary aristocrat who was so passionate about box tree gardens he planted 150,000 boxwoods in Marqueyssac. 

Jardins de Marqueyssac is a perfect place for a family outdoor day when traveling in the Dordogne. As you wander through the winding paths, your little explorers will enjoy navigating through a fascinating labyrinth of greenery. The park also offers two playgrounds and a small tree net adventure course, that kids really love.

The whole place is a delight for the little ones!

Jardins de Marqueyssac - one of the most beautiful gardens in France
Jardins de Marqueyssac – one of the most beautiful gardens in France – Lost in Bordeaux

One of the highlights of the park is the cliffside promenade from where you can witness a stunning view of the Dordogne valley. When you’re tired from walking, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea at the cafe located just next to the chateau. There are also a few designated picnic areas near the chateau so you can bring your own snacks. 

Throughout the year and especially on kids’ school breaks the park offers a variety of activities such as rock climbing and creative workshops. You can see their list of events and activities here

The gardens are open all year long, so you don’t have to book the tickets in advance – see the opening hours here. On Thursdays in July and August only, the park hosts beautiful candlelight Evenings. You have to buy tickets for that event in advance- you can do that here.

Kayaking on the Dordogne River 

If you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor activity, kayaking on the Dordogne River is your next destination! With its gentle currents and breathtaking surroundings, the river offers a perfect setting for a family-friendly water escapade. 

Along the banks of the Dordogne River, you’ll find kayaking clubs dotted throughout the villages, offering an array of routes suitable for all ages. Explore the most enchanting villages near Sarlat, such as Castelnaud-la-Chapelle or Beynac, which also conveniently have kayaking clubs where you can pick one up.

Canoeing on the Dordogne river
Canoeing on the Dordogne River by Lost in Bordeaux

One of the best clubs is located in Vitrac a few minute’s drive from Sarlat, from there you can embark on a beautiful journey past some of the most beautiful villages in France. If you’re visiting the region in the summer, booking in advance is recommended

If you’re staying near Bergerac, there’s no need to drive up to Sarlat for a fun Kayaking experience. There are plenty of kayaking clubs in that part of the Dordogne as well. One of my favorite ones is Pessac sur Dordogne, where you can also enjoy a drink in their terrace restaurant. Check out all the details here

There are many more places for Kayaking and canoeing experiences in Dordogne – I summarized my favorite places in this article.

Aquarium Noir du Perigord – visit the crocodiles of the Dordogne 

Le Bournat is not the only kids’ attraction you can find in Le Bugue, there are actually quite a few places your kids would love in this small town in Dordogne. One of those is Aquarium Noir du Perigord, a captivating attraction that immerses visitors in an underwater world. 

Built more than 30 years ago, the Aquarium of Perigord is today the largest private freshwater aquarium in Europe. What makes it so unique is its Alligator Park, inhibiting various species of crocodiles in their natural habitat, from the mighty Nile crocodile to the impressive American alligator.

Apart from crocodiles, you can discover more than 6000 fish and water creatures through interactive exhibits and activities. It’s one of the best ways to learn about the biodiversity in the Dordogne region in a fun and interactive way.

The park is open from February to December and offers a lot of extra activities during school breaks. See all the info, including ticket prices on the Aquarium’s website.

Lascaux – discover prehistoric art in one of the most famous caves in the world 

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about the world-renowned caves of Lascaux in Dordogne, but did you know that it’s also a fun attraction for kids?  

The Lascaux cave is an archaeological treasure unveiling captivating paintings and engravings dating back over 17,000 years. Visiting the caves with kids is a remarkable opportunity to spark their curiosity and ignite their imagination as they witness the ancient artistry firsthand.

You should know that the original caves were closed to the public in 1963. This decision was made to protect the delicate and ancient cave paintings from harmful effects such as changes in temperature and humidity. However, the replicas are still extraordinary and worth the visit.

Visiting Lascaux with kids, you’ll have different attractions to choose from. The oldest and most visited part is Lascaux II, which offers a partial replica of the cave. Lascaux II is providing a glimpse into the past as you explore sections that closely resemble the original artwork. While it’s not a very interactive experience with kids, they have great guides who try hard to make it interesting for kids as well. 

I wouldn’t recommend it with very small kids but if your kids are older than 5, I think it can be a great experience. 

Visit Lascaux with kids
Visit Lascaux with kids – by Lost in Bordeaux

Only a limited amount of people can enter Lascaux so I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance. There’s usually only one tour in English a day so make sure you choose the right language when booking. Lascaux II is open from April to November. 

Important note – you can’t enter the caves with strollers so make sure to have a baby carrier with you. 

The most interesting part for kids is actually The Lascaux IV, known as the International Center for Cave Art. This modern exhibition space offers an immersive experience where you can admire meticulously recreated replicas of the original cave paintings. This educational journey combines advanced technology with artistic accuracy, allowing children to appreciate the beauty and significance of prehistoric art in a controlled environment.

You can buy tickets to Lascaux VI separately, but you get a discount if you buy a combined ticket with Lascaux II – see all the info here. Lascaux IV is open the whole year except the first three weeks of January – see hours here.

That’s pretty much a full day with kids but if you want to tag another place, you can visit Parc du Thot, a prehistoric park located within a few minutes drive from the caves. Here your kids will explore life-sized reconstructions of prehistoric habitats and participate in demonstrations of prehistoric techniques and tools. 

If you’re considering visiting Parc du Thot. it’s worth buying the combined ticket with the two caves. Read more about the park here.

You also have the option to take a semi-private tour in English that will take you from Sarlat to the caves of Lascaux and the famous archeological site of Abri Cro-Magnon at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where 28,000-year-old remains of anatomically modern humans where found. You can book this tour here (kids under 4yo are not allowed on this trip).

Cycling along the Vézère River

Cycling is something my kids are always happy to do, and if I can get a whining-free activity, I’m there for it! Dordogne is a relatively hilly region and is not particularly known for cycling trips. However, on my last visit to the Dordogne this summer, I discovered the Voie Verte, a new cycling path that follows the Vézère River. Most of the green path is closed to cars which makes it very safe for cycling with kids. 

Cycling with kids in Dordogne
The green route – Voie Vert in Dordogne – Lost in Bordeaux

Currently, you can cycle on this route from Les Eyzies (the Prehistoric center of Dordogne) to Limeuil. On the way, you’ll pass through Le Bugue, a place with plenty of attractions for kids, many of which are on this list. 

The Green Path will be open entirely at the end of July and will include a cycling route of 60km from Saint-Chamassy to Aubas.

If you’re staying in Les Eyzies and want to rent bikes, go to the snack bar O’Bison, they have bikes for adults and kids. Otherwise, you can use Aquitaine Bike, which will bring the bikes to your hotel.

Say hello to the monkeys at La Forêt des Singes in Rocamadour

La Forêt des Singes (the monkey forest) in Rocamadour is home to 150 barbary macaques (also known as maggots). It’s a magical nature reserve where visitors can get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.  

La Forêt des Singes - a cute monkey forest in Rocamadour
The monkey forest in Rocamadour – by Lost in Bordeaux

A day with your kids in the monkey forest will give them a privileged insight into this fascinating animal society living in conditions similar to the wild. As you stroll through the reserve, you can observe their playful antics, watch them interact with each other, and be fed by the staff.

It’s not a very long visit, but you can pass a few fun hours in the park. If you’re trying to cut on the budget, I highly recommend avoiding the gift shops as the stuffed monkeys there are just too adorable 🙂 

The forest is open daily from mid-March to mid-November- see the opening hours here

La Roque Saint Christophe – visit an ancient village carved into a rock

La Roque Saint Christophe is a massive cliffside fortress, carved into a rock. The historical site, located in the eastern part of the Dordogne, provides a fascinating glimpse into life in the region in ancient times. 

Exploring the site with kids is a remarkable adventure, as they can discover the intriguing world of prehistoric and medieval civilizations. The site features well-preserved dwellings, troglodyte houses, and networks of caves that once served as homes and workshops.

La Roque Saint Christophe - a fun discovery with kids in the Dordogne region
La Roque Saint Christophe – by Lost in Bordeaux

On your visit, you can join a guided tour, where one of the knowledgeable guides will tell you the fascinating history of the place. The tour includes a demonstration of how the ancient machinery was used to protect the animals of the village from enemy attacks.

After you finish the tour, you can take the time to discover the rest of the site at your own pace. Children can roam freely through the labyrinthine passages and ancient structures and imagine what it would be like to live there during prehistoric times.

La Roque Saint Christophe - an amazing place to visit with kids in Dordogne
La Roque Saint Christophe – by Lost in Bordeaux

La Roque Saint Christophe is located within a short drive from Saint Leon sur Vezere, one of the most beautiful villages in the Dordogne. The village is home to Donjon et Manoir de la Salle, a well-preserved architectural gem dating back to the middle ages. There’s a combined ticket to see both sites.

Otherwise, you can just stroll the beautiful village and have lunch in one of its many restaurants. 
La Roque Saint Christophe is open all year long – see all the info here.

Visit the stunning cave – Gouffre de Padirac

There are many caves to visit in Dordogne and it’s hard to pick the best one, but if I had to choose one to do with kids it would probably be the Gouffre de Padirac.

The Padirac cave is a remarkable natural wonder located near Rocamadour in the neighboring department of Lot. It is an immense underground chasm that offers a unique and breathtaking experience for visitors.  Descending into its depths, you’ll navigate an underground river and marvel at the stunning rock formations. The highlight of the visit is the Grand Dome, a vast cavern surrounding a serene underground lake.

What makes it particularly fun for kids is that part of the visit is done by boat underground. On the way, the knowledgeable guides of Gouffre de Padirac will tell you plenty of enchanting tales about this magical place. Before you leave, don’t miss the “Cœur de Gouffre”, heart-shaped chamber, creating a stunning window to the outside world. 

If you’re traveling with little ones it’s important to know that strollers are not allowed in the cave so make sure to have a carrier with you.

The caves are open from April to early November. You can see all the info and purchase tickets here.

Visit the war museum at Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is one of the most impressive castles in the Dordogne region. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne River, the chateau offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. 

While there is no lack of castles to visit in the region, what makes this one especially interesting for kids is the war museum. 

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle - one of the best things to do with kids in Dordogne
Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle – by Lost in Bordeaux

The museum was created with the aim of preserving and educating about the military history of the region. On display, you’ll find an extensive collection of arms, armor, and medieval weaponry. It offers an immersive experience that transports visitors, including kids, to the tumultuous times of medieval warfare.

In the village itself, you can find plenty of nice restaurants and shops with knight costumes and medieval accessories. The village is divided into two parts, with the chateau being located in the upper one. Be sure to park next to the chateau if you don’t want to climb the steep alleyways of the village. 

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle - activities for kids at a chateau in Dorodgne
Cool activities for kids at Château de Castelnaud – by Lost in Bordeaux

During the summer and school breaks the chateau has many activities such as archery and medieval gardening. 
Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle Is open all year long – check out the hours here.

Labyrinthe de Maïs des Châteaux – open only in the summer 

Another fun activity for kids in the Sarlat religion is the corn Labyrinth located in Vezac. The labyrinth is open only during the summer months and it’s a perfect light activity after a day of visiting historically charged villages. 

You can see the opening hours here. The place accepts cash only.

A treasure hunt in Château de Losse

A few minute’s drive from Lascaux you can find the stunning Château de Losse. The castle was originally built as a medieval fortress with protective walls and a ditch. In the 16th century, a Renaissance Hall was built within the castle. The decor of the chateau is a testimony to the luxurious lifestyle of the Marquess Jean II de Losse in the 16th century.

Today the castle and its extraordinary gardens are listed as a French historical monument. 

Apart from the traditional visit, Château de Losse offers a variety of fun activities for kids. The most interesting one is the treasure hunt, which is perfect for kids aged 5-11 yo – you can book it in advance online.

Other activities include Chivalry shows, pony rides, and more. Be sure to check the schedule before going to see what activities are currently offered. 

The castle is open from May to October – see opening hours here.

Kids-friendly attractions in Dordogne – around Bergerac

Château de Bridoire – the castle of 1000 games

Château de Bridoire is located at the heart of the Monbazillac wine region about 10km from Bergerac. The beautiful château is a private historic monument dating back to the 15th century. 

The chateau itself is beautiful but what makes it so special is the games you can find in almost every room. No wonder it’s nicknamed the chateaux of 1000 games. 

Chateau de Bridoire - the castel of games
Chateau de Bridoire – the castle of games

The best part is the château garden where plenty of super fun games were put in place to be played by the visitors. Needless to say that it was very hard to make my kids leave this place. 

The chateau is located within a few minutes drive from Eymet, a charming little village in the Purple Perigord. Here’s an article I wrote about my visit to Eymet, in case you’ll decide to continue your day in that direction. 
Château de Bridoire is open from February to October, see the opening hours here. In the summer months, your kids can also enjoy a fun Laybirinth on the property of the chateau.

Embark on a Gabare boat on the Dordogne river

Gabare boats are traditional riverboats that were historically used for transporting goods along the Dordogne River. Today the Gabares are popular for leisure cruises, offering visitors a unique way to explore the picturesque Dordogne River. 

The boat tours typically last between one to three hours and some include wine tastings as well. The tours are all guided and allow you to discover plenty of interesting facts about the rich maritime history of the Dordogne as well as learn about the Fauna and flora of the region. 

The wooden boat has character and the kids were really excited to embark on it, I think it’s a really fun way to discover the history of the Dordogne on your family trip 🙂

A boat trip in Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

I did this adventure with my kids in Bergerac a few years ago and we loved it. The tour starts at Quai Salvette in Bergerac and operates from April to October. During the summer there’s a high demand for these tours so reserving your places is highly recommended. You can see all the details, including opening hours and tariffs here.

In case you’re staying closer to Sarlat you can take a similar tour from La Roque Gageac or Beynac.

Visit the Panoramic gardens of Limeuil

Limeuil, located at the heart of the Dordogne, is labeled as one of the most beautiful villages in France and one of the best to visit with kids in the region. You can stroll through the paved alleys to the top of the village, enjoy some ice cream in one of the terrace restaurants, do canoeing and there’s even a small beach to take the kids to. 

However, the highlight of Limeuil for kids is the Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil which are perched on a hill at the top of the village. The gardens offer a feast of senses with vibrant colors and perfectly manicured hedges that seem straight out of a fairy tale.

The gardens offer a stunning view of both the Dordogne and Vézère Rivers. It’s probably one of the best panoramic views you can get in Dordogne. 

What makes it a particularly kid-friendly place are the games spread around the gardens. Another thing I really appreciated was the playful educative signs for kids that make them learn about the flowers in place in a fun way. 

The Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil by Lost in Bordeaux

Recently they also added a treasure hunt game for kids ages 7yo and up. When the weather is nice you can pass an amazing day in the gardens. The place is open from April to the beginning of November – see the opening hours here.

The Bastideum in Monpazier

The Bastideum in Monpazier is an interactive museum dedicated to showcasing the history and heritage of Monpazier. Labeled as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Monpazier is one of the best preserved medieval bastide towns in the SW of France. It’s also one of my favorite villages to visit around Bergerac

Visiting The Bastideum in Monpazier with kids is a fantastic way to delve into the history of this charming bastide town. The Museum offers immersive exhibitions and activities that make kids immerse themselves in the rich heritage of the region.

Kids can dress up in medieval costumes, do replicas of ancient artifacts, and participate in hands-on workshops that allow them to experience the past in a tangible way. With its immersive displays and child-friendly atmosphere, the Bastideum provides an enriching and entertaining experience for families. 

The Bastidium is open from April to October – see more info here and get your tickets here.

Plage du Buisson de Cadouin – a kids-friendly beach on the Dordogne river

Plage du Buisson de Cadouin is located just between Sarlat and Bergerac, two of the most attractive towns of the Dordogne. This delightful river beach offers a picturesque setting for families to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable day by the water. Kids can splash in the refreshing river and build sandcastles on the sandy shore. 

With its calm waters and shallow areas, the beach of Buissons is a safe and welcoming environment for children to swim and play. It’s equipped with amenities such as picnic tables, a few shaded areas, and restroom facilities. In the summer the beach is supervised which makes it one of the safest ones for little ones in the Dordogne region. You can see some information about parking close to the beach here.

Kids-friendly hotels/accommodations in Dordogne

The Dordogne department is quite big and if you want to avoid long car rides with your kids, it’s crucial to choose the right location. It’s hard to say that there’s one good base for your trips in Dordogne with kids, as everything is stunning here and there’s stuff to do in every part of this region. But from my personal experience, traveling with the kids to Dordogne several times a year, the best place to stay as a family is Le Bugue. 

This little town in the heart of the Dordogne is home to many kids’ attractions such as the black aquarium, Le Bournat Parc, a huge prehistoric labyrinth, and more. You can enjoy kayaking on the river and go cycling on the green cycling path without ever needing a car. It’s also quite close to some of Dordgone’s landmarks such as Sarlat, Beynac, Chateau des Milandes, and others. All of this makes it a perfect base for a family vacation in Dordogne.

If you are planning to stay in Le Bugue, here are a few places I recommend. 

Camping du Bournat
Camping du Bournat is a very popular camping site, located just next to the le Bournat amusement park. It offers a variety of mobile homes with a private dining area, kitchen, and a little terrace. The campsite also includes a pool, a bar, and many other services. The bonus for kids is that the guests of Camping du Bournat have unlimited access to the amusement park “Le Bournat 1900”. 

Book your stay in Le Bournat here.

Maison Olea
If camping sites are not your thing, try Maison Olea, a simple but cute B&B that has a pool and a nice garden for kids to run around.

Location de Vacance au coeur du Périgord Noir
If you’re traveling with a big family and need lots of rooms, Location de Vacance au coeur du Périgord Noir is a great option. It can host up to 10 people and has kids-friendly facilities like a playground and bikes for all the family. 

Other hotels/accommodations I recommend with kids in Dordogne

Another great part of Dordogne to spend your vacation is around Sarlat, where many of the most beautiful villages in France are located. 

Le Clos de la Canéda is a great place to stay near Sarlat. The guest house is located in a stunning 18th-century stone house, beautifully designed, and complete with a big pool. One of their rooms can fit a family of 4. Book this charming guest house here.

Gorodka -If you’re looking for more of a unique experience, you can sleep in a wooden house in an art village called Gorodka. It is a one-of-a-kind park adorned with sculptures and other art exhibits and there are a few wooden houses you can stay in. Gorodka is located just a few minutes drive from Sarlat. Book your little magical house here.

These are my recommendations for how to spend the best family vacation in Dordogne France. I hope you found it helpful, please spread the word by sharing it with your friends 🙂

If you’re looking for more amazing kids-friendly destinations in the Southwest of France check out my articles about:

30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux 
The best things to do with kids in Toulouse 
Visit Arcachon with kids
Family-friendly vacation in Ile de Re 

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Toulouse is known for its large space industry and its remarkable red brick architecture which attracts many visitors. If you’re considering traveling here with kids you’d be surprised to know that Toulouse is a family-friendly city. There are quite a lot of fun things to do in Toulouse with kids such as the space museum, boat rides, treasure hunts, and more. 

This list includes both indoor and outdoor attractions you can do with your kids in Toulouse. Like other cities in France, Toulouse offers something that’s called the Tourist Pass which gives you discounts and free entrance to many museums and other entertainment in the city. With the pass, you can also use public transportation for free. 

Before I start my guide, here are two articles I recommend you read before going to Toulouse:
A detailed guide to a weekend in Toulouse
The best areas to stay in Toulouse
Day trips from Toulouse by train

A family vacation in Toulouse - what to do and where to visit
Toulouse with kids is an amazing vacation – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re a particularly active family and you know that you can make it to several museums or other activities on this list in 2-3 days, then it’s really worth purchasing the pass. The price of the pass is 18€/28€/35€ for 24/48/72 hours respectively. You can see the list of all the discounts you can benefit from here. If you want to purchase the city pass – click here

Entry to museums in France is usually free (or reduced price) for kids, so I recommend purchasing the pass only for yourselves, the parents. Also, it’s important to note that the museums are free every first Sunday of the month, so don’t buy a pass if that’s the day you’re going to visit Toulouse. 

Here’s my detailed list of all the family friendly things to do in Toulouse.

Best kids-friendly activities in Toulouse

Visit the Space museum 

La Cite de l’Espace is one of the most popular attractions in Toulouse, a city known for its space industry. The museum opened its doors in 1997 and has attracted millions of visitors ever since. It has a variety of different exhibitions focusing on the International space station, the solar system, weather predictions, and more. Most of the museum is very interactive which makes it very popular with kids of all ages. 

La Cite de l’Espace - one of the best museums for kids in Toulouse
La Cite de l’Espace – by Lost in Bordeaux

Apart from the main building, there are a few interesting exhibitions and demonstrations in the outdoor area of the museum. One of these is the Russian MIR space station, which you can visit and learn about the astronauts’ daily life at the station. 

Younger kids aren’t left behind! 

One of the buildings, called “La Cite des petits” is dedicated to small kids (4 years and older). The two-floor space-themed park allows kids that don’t read yet to discover the work of an astronaut and their day-to-day lives in the space station. That’s the perfect place to let them touch, construct, deconstruct and just get curious. 

There are many daily demonstrations and activities offered by the museum for different age groups – you can prepare your visit in advance and see all the information for that day in their app

Practical info:

The tickets: The tickets are a bit pricy (23€ for adults and 19€ for kids over 5yo) but quite worth it for a full-day experience. Here’s a link to purchase the tickets. If you have a city pass, you have a 15% discount on the tickets. Purchase the pass here

Opening hours: The museum is closed in January and opens daily throughout the rest of the year, although some weeks it’s closed on Mondays so check the hours before going. Address: Av. Jean Gonord, 31500 Toulouse

How to get there: La Cite de l’Espace is located in the eastern part of the city, only about a 6 km drive from the center of Toulouse. If you get there by car, there’s a huge parking space next to the museum. If you don’t have a car, take the metro (line A) to the Jolimont station and then the bus (line 37) to the Cité de l’Espace station. 

The little train 

If you have little kids you know how exhausting visiting a city with them can be. In recent years I learned that the easiest way to see all the monuments in a city is by using the little train, that many French cities offer to tourists. Luckily Toulouse has one of those too. 

The little train in Toulouse offers two different circuits. First, Circuit Garonne follows the Garonne river and takes you through most of the historic center around Place du Capitole. The second tour is the “Circuit de Canal du Midi”, following the canal, the gardens around the Grand Rond, and the chic Carmes neighborhood.

Weekend in Toulouse
Place du Capitole – by Lost in Bordeaux

Practical info:

The tickets: The ticket price is 7€  for adults and 3€  for kids (3-11 yo) and you can get a 2 €  discount with the city pass. You can buy the tickets next to the train, but be sure to arrive about 20 minutes prior to the scheduled train time.

La Halle de la machine

La Halle de la machine is one of my favorite places in Toulouse and is the perfect place to take your kids to! 

This huge machinery playground belongs to a theatre group called la Compagnie La Machine which incorporates machines in its shows. The machines, built by the group members, are usually quite funny and ridiculous which makes the visit very entertaining. The place itself is the storage hangar of the company, where they keep all the machines that aren’t currently used in shows around the world. 

La Halle de la Machine in Toulouse
La Halle de la Machine – by Lost in Bordeaux

At first glance, the whole place looks overwhelming, full of what seems like useless machinery. That’s why you must follow one of the guides, hear the stories behind the machines and see how they operate.  However, what your kids will probably love the most is the Minotaure. Outside the hanger, you’ll meet a 14 meters height wooden animal, created especially for a show in Toulouse. This humongous machine is operated by the staff and takes the visitors on its back for a ride. 

Practical info:

The tickets: You can pay for a visit and the ride separately if you’re not interested in both activities. Like in many other activities on this list, here too you can enjoy a 2.5 euros discount with the city pass (the discount is for the exhibition only). If you don’t use the city pass, here’s a link to purchase the tickets to the exhibition

Opening hours: La Halle de la machine is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday and closed in January. See the schedule here. Address: 3 Av. de l’Aérodrome de Montaudran, 31400 Toulouse

How to get there: La Halle de la machine is located outside the city center but is reachable by public transport (you can use public transport for free with the city pass). Take metro B from Jean Jaures station in the direction of Ramonville, get off at Rangueil station, and take bus number 23 to the Jardin de la Ligne station. 

Take your kids on a family boat ride 

With the Garonne river and the canal du midi running through the city, Toulouse is a great destination for boat trips. 

One option is to go on a big boat for a cruise on the Canal, which is fun but a rather static experience. I tried that in many cities in France and it doesn’t work well with my dynamic kids who get quickly bored. 

Instead what works perfectly for our family is small electric boats you can navigate by yourself. Your kids can then help you navigate the boat and feel like they are more involved. The boat speed is very slow so it’s pretty safe to let your kids hold the wheel (under your supervision of course).

Canal Du Midi – by Lost in Bordeaux

In Toulouse, you can choose between two boat sizes (without any special permit): up to 3 people and a bigger one for up 8 people. You can choose a one or two hours tour, but from my personal experience with little kids, one hour is more than enough.

Practical info:

The tickets: The prices range between 50€ to 88€ for the boat, depending on the number of people. You can get a 10% discount with the city pass, so try to plan it on a day with other activities so you can enjoy the discounts.

Opening hours: Les Caboteurs, the company that runs this operation is open from June to November. You can see more info hereAddress: The departure point is Port Viguerie in the Saint Cyprian neighborhood in Toulouse.

Aeroscopia – the airplanes museum

If your kids love airplanes, they will definitely enjoy Aeroscopia, a 7 000 m² museum dedicated to the history of aviation. The huge exhibition includes some of the most legendary planes like the Concorde, Caravelle, Super Guppy, and A300B. 

The museum is very interactive and includes many activities for kids. Older kids are offered activities like drone flying and lab experiments, while the small ones can enjoy a lego workshop. You can see the program of workshops and events here. 


Practical info:

The tickets: The tickets are 14€ for adults and 11€ for kids – you can purchase your tickets here.

Opening hours: The place is open daily, see the opening hours hereAddress: 1 All. André Turcat, 31700 BlagnacHow to get there: the aviation museum is located outside the city of Toulouse. It takes about 20 minutes to get there by car and about an hour by public transport. Public transport is free if you have a city pass.

The Natural History Museum of Toulouse

One of the best places for kids in Toulouse is the Natural History museum.

Muséum de Toulouse possesses more than 2 million items in its collection and is considered  one of the best natural history museums in France. 

Their collections evolve around five main themes: Planet Earth, living beings, the notion of time, human beings, and the future. The interactive exhibition involves sounds and explanations to accompany your family’s journey at the museum.

Museum de Toulouse - one of the best things to do with kids in Toulouse
Museum de Toulouse – by Lost in Bordeaux

A little tip for the parents – there’s a really cute garden coffee place on the Terrace of the museums, just in case you need a glass of rosé at the end of your visit 🙂 

Practical info:

The tickets: The tickets to the museum range between 5€ and 9 € – see all the details here. Entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of the month and with the tourist (city) pass

Opening hours: The museum is open daily except on Mondays. See hours here. Address: The museum is located in the big park of Toulouse, le Jardin des Plantes.

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes, one of the more beautiful parks of Toulouse, is located just next to the Museum of Toulouse. Here you’ll find a pond with ducks, a big playground, a coffee and ice cream shop; everything little kids need to enjoy. With its many cute shaded spots spread all over the park, it’s also a perfect place to picnic. If you didn’t bring food with you, head to the Carmes Market and buy fruits, veggies, and some good cheese, et Voila you have the perfect French picnic. 

The gardens are open all year long, see the opening hours. Entry is free. 

Jardin des Plantes park in Toulosue
Jardin des Plantes – by Lost in Bordeaux

Quai des Savoirs

Quai des Savoirs is the science museum of Toulouse. It’s a huge interactive space allowing kids to touch, try, and experiment with science-related activities. On weekends the museum offers interesting workshops for kids (7 yo and older), called Plateau Creatif. During the workshops, they touch on topics like equilibrium and 3D by experimenting in a creative environment. The best way to make them fall in love with science! 

For younger kids (2 to 7 yo) the museum offers a fun space called Le Quai des Petits. A magic mirror, weird tunnels, an emotions-themed photo booth, and musical instruments are only part of what this magical space offers. 

Apart from these activities, the museum always has different exhibitions running during the year. 

Practical info:

The tickets: The tickets to the museum range between 5€ and 7 € – see all the details here. Entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of the month and with the tourist (city) pass

Opening hours: The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm and is closed on May 1st, January 1st, and December 25. See all the details hereAddress: Where: Allée Matilda, 31000 Toulouse. The museum is located just next to the Natural Science museum of Toulouse

Take your kids to a playground 

Sometimes the most simple thing to do is just to go to a playground and let them play with other kids. There are many good playgrounds in Toulouse but two have a particularly attractive location for parents as well. 

One is an ocean-themed playground with a big boat in the middle, located on Quai de la Daurade. You can enjoy the stunning view of the Garonne while they play, and then do a fun picnic on the river banks. 

Playgrounds in Toulosue
Playgrounds in Toulosue – by Lost in Bordeaux

The other is located in the middle of Place Saint George, right in the heart of the historic center. 

It’s a beautiful playground but what makes it perfect is the location, surrounded by plenty of chic restaurants and cafes. So while your kids play you can enjoy a drink or snack, a win-win situation!

Play in the Virtual Reality room

This is a perfect spot to take older kids (over 10 yo) who might be a bit bored from a classic city trip. The concept of a virtual room, a 3d version of an escape room, has become very popular in France in the last few years. The Virtual Room in Toulouse is run by one of the best companies in this field which happens to be French. 

The place offers several themed games that you can play in a team of two to four people.

Practical info:

The tickets: Tickets prices range from 20€ to  28€- you can purchase your tickets here

Opening hours: The place is open daily, see the available hours when you book your game. Address: 457, l’Occitane – 31670 Labège

How to get there: Take the train from the Toulouse Matabiau station to Labège-Innopole and walk for 15 minutes.

Best things to do with kids around Toulouse 

You don’t have to stay in the city to make it a family-friendly vacation in Toulouse. There are plenty of amazing day trips from Toulouse that your kids are going to absolutely love. Here are a few of the most kids-friendly day trips from Toulouse. 

Kids friendly day trips from Toulouse - Carcassonne
by Lost in Bordeaux

Take them on a day trip to Carcassonne 

Toulouse is located within just one hour’s drive from one of the more magical places in the South of France, the medieval town of Carcassonne. This old citadel is located on the right bank of the Aude river. Early signs of civilizations date back 2500 years, it’s said to be one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world. 

Access to the citadel is free and you can take the whole day to stroll the narrow medieval streets. It’s considered one of the best day trips from Toulouse for both adults and kids. 

Now, as a mom of three kids, I had my share of traveling with them to historic destinations. Strolling the streets and admiring medieval gates is not something they are overly motivated to do. Luckily, the Carcassonne Tourist Office offers families fun games and activities to make it a kid-friendly visit. These include workshops in calligraphy, medieval cooking lessons, and virtual experiences among others. My kids really enjoyed the Treasure hunt box that allowed them to discover the city in a more interactive and fun way. Read about all the family-friendly activities in Carcassonne here

Kids friendly visit in Carcassonne
Carcassonne with kids – by Lost in Bordeaux

You can also take a guided tour to discover Carcassonne in a fun way. Led by a guide in a medieval costume, the tour is a living story of Carcassonne in the 13th century. The tour is for adults and kids over 5yo. See all the details here

How to get from Toulouse to Carcassonne

Carcassonne is located about 90 km from Toulouse (a little more than an hour’s drive). However you can also get there by train, there are many trains going there daily. You can see the schedule and buy tickets here

Another option is taking the organized bus tour from the center of the city with the City tour Toulouse company.

Zoo African Safari 

Toulouse has one of the biggest Zoos in the SouthWest of France, located only 20 minute’s drive from the city center. The African Safari Zoological park inhibits more than 600 wild animals from all over the world. One part is done by car, with animals freely running around you, kind of a simulation of an African Safari. The park also has big sea lions and bird shows, which are the most beloved part of the visit for many kids. It’s not a huge zoo, but little kids really love it. 

Practical info:

The tickets: Tickets prices are 20€ for adults and 15€ for kids. You can buy your tickets here or at the park.  You can get a 3€ with the tourist (city) pass.

Opening hours: The park is open all year long. See the opening hours hereAddress: 41 rue des landes, 31830 Plaisance-du-Touch

Au Lac de la Ramée

If you are visiting Toulouse in the summer and want to include some beach time, Lac de la Ramme is your place. The lake is located about 30 km from Toulouse and offers a variety of kid-friendly activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, skating, and more. 

The natural lake has a nice beach, surrounded by a park where you can let your kids run. You can also enjoy the public BBQ facilities on the beach if you’re planning to stay there for a few hours. 

Swimming is authorized only during the summer season (July and August) when the beach is supervised. See all the facilities at the Lac de la Ramée in this link.

The lac is located at 21 Chem. de Larramet, 31170 Tournefeuille.

It’s reachable by car or by public transport (metro+bus). If you happen to have a Tourist Pass, you can use public transport for free. 

Visit Village Gaulois

Village Gaulois is a unique archaeological site located on the banks of the Garonne river about 50 km south of Toulouse. The old Gallic village of nine hectares was reconstructed in the heart of the forest by a group called “Les Gaulois”  after extended historic and scientific research. The historians and researchers behind the project became farmers, craftsmen, carpenters, and every other profession needed to run this beautiful eco-museum. 

During your visit to the village, you can see demonstrations of metalwork, pottery, woodworking, and more. Children are offered different games to help them discover the village. In this link, you can see the different activities and craftsmen operating in the village

Practical info:

The tickets: Ticket prices are 14€ for adults and 12€ for kids over 4 yo. You can buy your tickets here.

Opening hours: The site is open from Wednsday to Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00 most of the year and all day in the summer months. See the 2023 calendar here and more info hereAddress: La Chaussée Rd 25, 31310 Rieux-Volvestre

How to get there: The best way to get there is by car. But you can also take a train from Toulouse to Carbonne or to Cazères and get a taxi from there (about a 10-minute drive). Here’s a link to get train tickets and here are a few taxis you can contact. 


The animaParc is the amusement park of Toulouse, where families go for a day of pure adrenaline and fun! Located in a large, four hectars forest, the park offers plenty of activities for any age. 

The amusement park has 26 attractions such as the wild tower, the pirate boat, a splash park, and more. Another fun feature is the dinosaur park with 30 real size dinosaurs spread over the forest. And finally, for the little ones, there’s an animal farm with more than 150 animals they can feed. 

Practical info:

The tickets: Tickets range from 15€ to 18€. See all the info and tickets here.

Opening hours: The park is open during the tourist season from April to October and during the Christmas season. See all the info and tickets hereAddress: 3000 Pouchot, 31330 Le Burgaud. The park is located 40 km North-west of Toulouse, you have to have a car to get there. 

Bike along the Canal

Toulouse is a bike-friendly city, with biking lanes in the city center and along the Garonne riverfront. However, the most fun biking trip to do with kids is the one along Canal du Midi. The famous navigation canal connects Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea, in the city of Sete. All along the canal, there is a path, that is perfect for walking and biking. 

You can start your trip at any point on the Canal du Midi near the city and continue cycling in the south direction. If you’re traveling with kids and want A Short Ride, You Can Do The 5km Route Ramonville. If you’re looking for a longer trip, continue to Villefranche-De-Lauragais which is located around 40 km south of Toulouse. 

biking along the Canal du Midi
biking along the Canal du Midi – by Lost in Bordeaux

You can rent a bike at La Maison du Vélo which is located on the Canal just next to the train station. If you happen to have the tourist (city) pass you can get up to 4€ discount on your bike rental. 

That’s it for my “What to do in Toulouse with kids” list! I hope it gave you a lot of new ideas for how to turn it into an unforgettable trip for both you and your kids.

If you also happen to travel to Bordeaux, check out my article about the 30 best things to do in Bordeaux with kids

If you’re visiting Toulouse for the first time there are a few articles you should check:
My detailed guide to a weekend in Toulouse
Where to stay in Toulouse – the best districts
The best events taking place in Toulouse
The best markets in Toulouse

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