What to Do in Paris with Teenagers? 11 Ideas for Activity and Visits

Too old for certain activities but still too young for others, it is often hard to find a fun activity for teenagers. But do not worry, Paris is a city in which there is always something to do, regardless of your age! Here are a few ideas we have selected for you. 

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Teenagers are not always fond of sightseeing… Here we share with you some of our ideas for things to do and see in Paris to make your teenagers happy.

 

Museums

Musée Grévin

10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009

Entrance of the Musée Grévin
The museum entrance

Are your teenagers yawning every time they hear the word “museum” ? Here is one that will make them change their mind. Indeed, at the Musée Grévin, fun is the most important thing.

With its plays on light and its mirrors, you will be amazed by the Palais des Mirages. After that, you will be the one to set up your show! Take photos of you in funny decors next to your favorite celebrities. Well, next to their wax statues, to be more precise. But with good lighting and from the right perspective, you will be able to get a realistic photo.

Everybody can find something that suits them -from Edith Piaf to Maître Gims (a French rapper), people from every generation will find a celebrity they like.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

 

National Museum of Natural History – Gallery of Evolution

36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 75005

National Museum of Natural History – Gallery of Evolution
Credits: Joe de Sousa, Flickr, domaine public

Consider this museum as the musée Grévin of biodiversity -in this 9000 m² gallery, you will find real-size reproductions.

The animal exhibitions are divided into different sections; for example, downstairs are the marine wildlife section and in the middle of the first floor are the African animals.

Do not miss the side galleries where you will have the chance to see reproductions of animals which do not exist anymore.

For more information, visit their website

You can also experience more modern and innovative visits with the cabinet of virtual reality, the only one which exists in all of France. It only lasts 30 minutes and five euros more than the classic ticket. Children under 12 can not access the cabinet of virtual reality.

For more information, visit this website

 

Musée des Arts et Métiers

60 rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris France

Musée des Arts et Métiers
The energies room – Credits: Jean Pierre Dalbéra, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

This is the perfect museum if you want to have fun while learning.

In the Musée des Arts et Métiers, you will find technological curiosities of all kinds -scientific instruments, tools, constructions, communication, energy, mechanics and means of transportation.

You can visit this museum on your own with an audio guide, choosing between one of the many different routes, which have varying lengths. The one hour route is perfect for people who get quickly tired of museums. They will discover the 30 most important objects in the museum.

You will recognize these unmissable objects thanks to their red labels. The more curious amongst you can follow the yellow labels as well as the red ones, which indicate the 75 most important objects in the museum. The most enthusiastic can visit this museum without paying attention to the labels at all !

Besides… discovering these technological curiosities from different trades may help your teenagers find their vocation… who knows?

For more information, visit this website

 

Parc de la Villette

Cité des Sciences

Cité des Sciences
Credits: Guilhem Vellut, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Discover the mysteries of sciences, but do not worry, this will be much more fun than science classes!

Demonstrations, exhibits, interactive experiments… There are lots of things to see in the Cité des Sciences. We recommend you not to miss the planetarium (only for children over 6). If you buy a ticket for the Palais de la Découverte you will just need to pay 3 extra euros to visit the planetarium.

From Tuesday to Friday, there are two sessions a day -at 3:15pm and 4:30pm.

Good to know: there are two other sessions on Saturdays and Sundays (11:30am and 2pm).

For further information on the Cité des sciences, click here

 

Shopping centers

Villup
Credits: Jojo, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

There is a shopping center just next to the Cité des Sciences where you can find plenty of restaurants and fast-foods. But before eating, the bravest of you can also learn how to fly!

Indeed, amongst all the shops, there is a 14-meter-high glass column operated by a company called iFLY. You can experience a free-fall flight thanks to its blower (you will be with a professional don’t worry).

Careful: to experience a free-fall flight you will need to book in advance. Furthermore, it is a bit expensive: 49.90 euros for a first flight.

For more information, visit this website

 

Free activities in La Villette

Canal de l'Ourcq
Canal de l’Ourcq, la Villette – Credit: Guillhem Vellut, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

If you are there on a sunny day, do not hesitate to visit the park. You and your family can relax by the Canal de l’Ourcq and take in the scenery – there are often original and free exhibitions.

Finally, climb the slope reaching the Philharmonie belvedere and enjoy a nice view on Paris.

The view is even better at sunset. This is why they have decided to organize night-time visits on Friday nights, where the Philharmonie belvedere is open until sunset.

On the same topic: La Villette Guide: Visits, Walks, Restaurants, Cafés and Hotels

 

Outdoor activities

Escape Game in the Latin Quarter

Original escape games are very trendy and flourish in Paris. The escape game created by My Urban Expérience is more like a treasure hunt and consists of a trip in the Latin Quarter.

Instead of being inside, you will look for clues outside, between Saint Germain, Saint Michel and the Ile de la Cité. On your trip, you will discover the Lutèce arenas, the Thermes de Cluny, and of course the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. This is a novel and interesting way to visit Paris!

Players will have different tools at their disposal (a tablet for example) to fulfill their mission. Don’t forget to check your phone to keep in touch with the game master.

To know how this activity is organized, take a look at this video of the French newspaper Le Parisien.

 

On the same topic:  The 7 Best Escape Games in Paris

 

Jardin d’acclimatation

Jardin d'acclimatation
Credits: Valérie Brunissen, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0

Going to the Jardin d’Acclimatation on a sunny day is also a very good idea. The park is wonderful and it is also a place full of fun activities.

For example, there is an amusement park with 48 activities such as a chair swing ride, a virtual reality set, bumper cars… Just take your pick!

There are also numerous playgrounds for young children and a zoo. Enjoy the aerial ballet show of the birds in the big aviary or get to know the animals in the mini-farm!

Note that there are several restaurants in the park so you can enjoy your day without carrying a picnic around.

Further information here

 

Ballon Generali

Ballon Generali
Credits: Aero4, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Located in the Parc André Citroën, this immobile balloon is filled with helium. It will allow you to admire Paris at a height of 150 meters, with a view of over 20 kilometers.

Since 2008, this balloon can also verify the air quality. There is even a special light on the ballon so just looking at it, you  know how the air quality in Paris air is. Depending on the pollution, the balloon’s color varies from green to red.

For only 14 euros per person, it is an original, affordable and relaxing experience to (re)discover Paris landscape.

For more information on the Ballon de Paris, click here

 

Thrilling activities

Catacombs of Paris

1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris France

Catacombes

Some people think they are eery, others believe they are fascinating. The catacombs of Paris are definitely an intriguing place. Maybe that’s why there are so many people visiting them? If your teenagers don’t like unoriginal visits, maybe they will find this one more appealing.

Indeed, inside the catacombs, you will learn more about the hidden side of Paris; both literally and figuratively.

To enjoy your visit, we recommend you go during winter but not on a very cold day; there will be less visitors and you won’t freeze. Note that children under 14 can’t visit the catacombs alone. People with reduced mobility can not enter the catacombs.

 

Manoir de Paris

18 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris France

Manoir De Paris Hanté

Are your teenagers fond of intense situations and horror movies? If that is the case, they will love this place! The Manoir de Paris proposes frightening and mysterious activities: interactive shows, escape games and even a museum.

We recommend you go to the show called “Les légendes de Paris” (Paris legends). This show takes you on a journey through a kind of haunted house with two floors. You will meet characters related to legends and terrible events which have marked the history of Paris.

Look out for the Royal Court poisoner of the 17th century, the ghost of the Opéra, the unknown person stabbed in underground line 8…

It is a very original way to learn more about Paris, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, this visit requires calm and self-control. This is why it is not recommended for children under 10, pregnant women, and people with heart problems.

For further information, visit this website