When you’re looking at potential holiday destinations, it’s difficult to find somewhere that the whole family will enjoy. While adults might like to base such decisions on factors like the type of wine produced in the area and art galleries and museums that they’d like to visit, it’s important to consider activities for people of all ages so that every member of the family can be accounted for whilst on holiday. One place that seems to have it all is the South of France, or more specifically, Nice, the ultimate child-friendly destination that has a range of things to see and do for both children and adults alike. We’ve put together a few of our favourite child-friendly activities in Nice for you to consider and plan for your next holiday in one of our luxury villas in the South of France.
Whilst out and about exploring the city, you’ll soon notice that there’s a playground on every corner, featuring all kinds of slides, climbing frames and swings that put your local park to shame. Some, including the Parc des Deux Rois for instance, shoot water up in the air at random times – the perfect way to cool off on a hot day in the French Riviera! This makes for a great way to find your bearings in the city, and you can break up trips round museums and galleries with a playground visit for the perfect compromise. If your visiting during the off-season and the weather is unsettled, head to Kid City, an indoor playground suitable for young children, which is based in Lingostiere, just 15-minuted from Nice.
You may have already heard of this trend, or are perhaps keen geocachers back home, but did you know there are plenty of opportunities to do this all over the world including Nice? This treasure hunting app means you hunt for tiny little capsules which can be hidden in various spots from inside a hollow stick to hidden within a seemingly discarded old shoe. The GPS will guide you to a point, but then it’s up to both children and adults alike to use their imagination and search high and low for the capsule itself. The only rule? “Take some stuff, leave some stuff” so everyone can continue to enjoy this modern past time.
Ride along the Promenade des Anglais
Head towards the coast of the city and you’ll find the Promenade des Anglais; a pedestrian haven that shadows the beach and stretches along for over 4km. Rent bikes, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades and explore all that the path has to offer. Keep an eye out for the famous Hôtel Negresco, the Palais de la Méditerranée and the giant iron sculpture, La Chaise de SAB, which was resurrected in relation to the famous blue-and-white chairs the city is known for. If it gets too hot, simply pull in to your desired section of beach and take a refreshing dip in the cooling blue sea, although be warned; the shore is sloped meaning it does get quite deep very quickly. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some fine French bread and cheese in the form of a packed lunch or check out any of the quirky cafes along the route.
The idyllic, coastal location of Nice makes it the perfect opportunity for the whole family to try their hand at a new watersport. Be it the increasingly popular SUP paddle boarding or classic canoeing; the whole family can enjoy getting active on holiday, making memories to last a lifetime. Other water sports, depending on the age and ability of your family include diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jetskiing, sailing, wakeboarding or visiting any of the adrenaline-fuelled water parks in the area.
Cool off at Place Masséna
Visit the historic square of the Place Masséna for a mid-morning coffee or maybe even some al-fresco style breakfast, watching the world go by. As the day gets increasingly hotter, children can enjoy cooling off in the many water features that jet water high into the air. Kids will remain entertained for hours splashing around at the square, while you can enjoy indulging in some classic French delicacies. There are also some pretty gardens within the space, providing some welcomed shelter during the heat of the day.
While some may need a little more persuasion to spend an afternoon perusing the various museums in Nice, children will be surprised at the interactivity on offer – who said learning new things had to be boring? Behind Place Garibaldi is the Natural History Museum, the oldest museum in Nice and this fantastic attraction is home to a variety of exhibitions, namely zoological, vegetable and geological collections. Don’t miss the famous Mushroom Models by Jean Baptiste Barla, which are sure to bring delight to children of all ages. Additionally, there is also a cave man museum, the Terra Amata, which is located above the port in an actual prehistoric elephant hunting camp. Learn about the very first tourists to visit Nice – arriving nearly 400,000 years ago and what life was like in this region all those years ago. Not every museum needs to bore them to tears, and these two fantastic establishments are bound to capture their imagination.
We hope you’ve enjoyed some of these child-friendly suggestions for an activity-filled holiday to remember in one of our luxury villas. Check out our recent blog on child-friendly restaurants in Nice if you are looking to dine out in style during your stay. Do you know of any other child-friendly activities you’d like to recommend to other families? Let us know via our social media channels and share your experiences with other Quality Villas customers!
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