What do we think about the Eiffel Tower for Kids?
Is it worth the expense? The hassle? The queues? The Eiffel Tower for Kids? – we vote YES!
But first, here’s a few tips to make your visit to the Eiffel Tower with Kids a success.
Eiffel Tower for Kids – Paris Bucket List
OR visit at night when the queues are likely to be less crowded. We visited at 8pm and only waited around 15 minutes in the queue before heading up.
2. Visit the First Floor
Kids will love the transparent floor where they can look 57m down to the ground and experience the unique sensation of stepping out into the void – it’s a breath-taking view. There’s also screens, touch screens, displays, digital albums, reproductions of items, etc. allow you to find out about all aspects of the Eiffel Tower, many little known.
On the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, you can take a closer look at one of the remaining pieces of this historic staircase. It measures 4.30 metres in height.
3. Visit the Second Floor.
Check out the souvenir shop and pick up a postcard or two for your family travel adventure book.
4. Head to the top!
The really spectacular way up the Eiffel Tower is in the glass lifts which offer you a panoramic view over the extraordinary example of audacious architecture that this monument is. At the end of the 180 metre trip to the top of the Tower you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of Paris and its monuments.
Families who visit the Eiffel Tower for kids can wander about the two levels to enjoy the view – you and the kids can even step outside to take in the view from the open air! Plus, kids can measure themselves against the height of the Eiffel Tower, and using the panoramic maps which can be found at various points at the top of the Tower, kids can locate their position and get an idea of the directions and distances to major world cities!
5. Travelling Paris with toddlers or young kids?
The Eiffel Tower for Kids offers a special FREE tour called “Follow Gus”. The little Gus character, dressed in the style of Gustave Eiffel, accompanies children on a fun and educational experience dedicated to children aged 6 to 10. Equipped with a bilingual French-English booklet-game and a little pencil provided for them, young visitors learn a thousand aspects of the history of the Eiffel Tower, about its creator but also about the landscape of Paris seen from that level. Signs bearing the Gus character guide children through each stage of the tour. There’s also online games to play before you go.
To begin, go up to the first level of the Tower, by the stairs or the lift, and collect a booklet-game (or download it here) and a pencil from the Ferrié pavilion. The tour is free and is accessed by following the signs featuring the Gus character.
6. Pack lunch or buy food en route, and head to the beautiful Paris park, the Champ de Mars, below the Eiffel Tower.
It’s known as one of the best parks in Paris, and is probably also one of the most famous parks in Paris too, and it’s the perfect family vacation picnic spot if you are visiting Eiffel Tower for kids.
7. For a twinkly trip, take the kids at night.
(This is what we did.) Right up until 11 in the evening you can scale the heights and admire Paris by night ! After sunset, the Eiffel tower sparkles and bathes in golden light once per hour, on the hour, to welcome its night time visitors and offers a breathtaking view of the Paris lights.
Just be sure to hold onto the kid’s hands as you arrive – it’s dark, and there’s lots of action with street sellers hawking their goods below the tower.
9. Add interest and intrigue…
by sharing these FUN Eiffel Tower Facts with your kids before you go, or on your way up.
Eiffel Tower for Kids: Fun Facts!
Did you know these Fun Facts about the Eiffel tower? Click here to read them all. Who knew the Eiffel Tower was so tall, or so old?
The Inside Scoop
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates.
Eiffel Tower Opening Times at:
The Eiffel Tower is open every single day of the year:
- from 9 a.m. to midnight from mid-June to early September,
- from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the rest of the year,
- At Easter weekend and during the Spring holidays : extended opening hours to midnight.
Lift operates from the mid-June to early September from 9:00am to 12:45am*. Last lift admission – Midnight. Last stairs admission – Midnight*.
Lift operates the rest of the year from 9:30am to 11:45pm. Last lift admission – 11pm*. (10.30pm for the top.) Last admission stairs – 6pm*. (Stairs close at 6:30pm)
* This time may be brought forward depending on visitor numbers.
Eiffel Tower Tickets Prices
Valid from January 1st until October 31st 2017 (can be changed without notice)
- Lift Entrance Ticket (valid to 2nd floor): Adults €11,00; 12-24 years €8,50, Children 4 – 11 years €4,00*(
- Lift Entrance Ticket (to top): Adults €17,00; 12-24 years €14,50, Children 4 – 11 years €8,00*
- Stairs Entrance Ticket (valid to 2nd floor): Adults €7,00; 12-24 years €5,00, Children 4 – 11 years €3,00*
- Children under 4 years visit the Eiffel Tower free. Accompanying adults are charged the individual adult rate.
- *Reduced rate applies to persons accompanying disabled people.
Buy your Eiffel Tower Tickets online before you go.
Download the Eiffel Tower App
- Phone: Contact our customer services for individuals : 33 (0)8 92 70 12 39 (Audiotel).(Open from Monday to Saturday. 9:00am to 7:00pm. Call cost : 0.35€ TTC/min. from a landline)
Best time to go to Paris Eiffel Tower
We visited in the first week of April and the crowds were bearable. Locals suggest anytime in Spring from April through to early June, and again in Autumn from late September through to the beginning of November.
At both these times, you avoid most of the busy school vacation times, there’s little rainfall, mild weather and clear skies. It’s so much easier to tolerate queues when you are not hot and bothered. We also suggest going early, arriving at least half an hour before opening, or going during the dinner time hour.
Location and Map
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
- Line no.9, Trocadéro station, the best way to discover the Eiffel Tower, with the most awesome perspective!
- Line no.6, Bir-Hakeim Metro station
- At the exit from the métro, allow a few minutes’ walk to get to the Eiffel Tower.
- Prices, métro times and additional information
- Line C : Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel station. When you come out of the RER station, allow a few minutes’ walk to get to the Eiffel Tower :
- Prices, RER times and additional information
- Bus 82, stops Tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars
- Bus 42, stops Tour Eiffel
- Bus 87, stops Champ de Mars
- Bus 69, stops Champ de Mars
- Prices, BUS times and additional information.
- Self-hire bikes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any of the Vélib’ stations. A pleasant way of exploring the Parisian streets by bike on your way to the Eiffel Tower !
- Vélib’ stations close to the Eiffel Tower
- Vélib’ prices and additional information
By Taxi or Uber
- The Eiffel Tower is easily accessible by taxi or uber.
- Did you know that you can also get to the Eiffel Tower by boat? An original and pleasant way of exploring the heart of Paris with all the magic that lines the Seine on your way to the Eiffel Tower.
- Prices, Batobus times and additional information
- If you wish to come to the Eiffel Tower by car, we recommend you park in any of the nearest underground car parks to the Eiffel Tower, a good choice being the Quai Branly car park located less than 300 metres from the Tower.
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