Avignon with kids: 5 family activities!
The city of Avignon with kids is fun for a day (or two). This city in the south of France is fun to visit and if you also go exploring in the surrounding area or go to the Avignon Festival you can certainly make a whole weekend out of it. Although there are not very specific children’s activities in the city, it is certainly fun to visit the center of the city, and the Avignon area does have more to do for families. We list the best five activities you can do in the Avignon area with kids.
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Avignon with kids #1: old town
The old town of Avignon is certainly fun to visit. A four-kilometer-long wall surrounds Avignon’s downtown, and you have several city gates where you can enter Avignon’s downtown. There are also dozens of towers in the downtown area, and many buildings come from the 15th century.
One of the central squares in downtown is Place de l’Horloge where there are several restaurants and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat and a drink. You will also find a carousel in the old town (as in many cities in France) that kids can take a spin in.
At the Office de Tourisme d’Avignon, you can pick up a scavenger hunt for kids ages 9 and up, where they can take a tour of the city based on about 20 questions. When visiting the center of Avignon, it is also fun to take a moment to visit the famous Avignon Bridge. A tour of the city’s market hall (Les Halles d’Avignon) is also fun to do. Certainly the green front of the market hall captures the imagination.
Avignon with kids #2: Palais des Papes
One of the most famous sights to visit in Avignon with the family is the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). It is the largest gothic palace in the world. This large palace stands right in the center and looks impressive from the outside. You can also visit this castle with your kids.
With the entrance fee to the palace, visitors receive a tablet that provides them with information about the palace. It does look a little crazy that everyone is walking through the palace with a tablet, but the tablet adds tremendous value to your visit to the palace. So you can see on the tablet what the rooms looked like in medieval times.
Kids can also use this tablet to search for treasures in the palace. However, you should note that you cannot choose the Dutch language on the tablet, but you can choose English and German. Kids under eight can visit the palace for free. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and the castle, check out the Palais des Papes website in English.
Avignon with kids #3: Parc Spirou
If you want to take the family to an amusement park in the Avignon area, Parc Spirou is a very good option. The park is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Avignon and has several fun attractions for both young and older kids. Here you have a number of roller coasters and other fairground rides that are quite spectacular.
It is possible to buy fastpass tickets for the park, which means you don’t have to wait in line at some attractions, and of course there are also plenty of food and beverage outlets in the park. You can easily have a whole day here with your kids. Also check the website in advance to see which attractions your kids are all allowed in, as certain attractions require a minimum height.
A big advantage of the park is that there are mist showers at several queues at attractions, allowing kids to cool off in the hot summer months. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and the various attractions, check out Parc Spirou’s French-language website.
Avignon with kids #4: Tourist train
Of course, you can take a nice walk through the center of Avignon with kids, but you can also admire the city from a tourist train. This tourist train leaves from the center of the city (near the Palais des Papes) and runs a tour of the center for about 45 minutes.
In addition to this tourist train, you can also book a bus tour of the city. In doing so, you ride in an open-top double-decker bus and take a tour of about an hour. In doing so, you can use the Dutch audio tour available on the buses. In doing so, it is possible to get in and out at different points.
The two modes of transportation do not make the same round trip, so you can book both without seeing the same thing twice. For example, the little train runs mainly through the center of Avignon and you make a larger tour by bus. For more information on both, check out this website.
Avignon with kids #5: Festival d’avignon
Most Dutch families visit the city of Avignon in the summer vacations during a vacation in southern France. You may therefore be lucky that when you visit the city one of the largest theater festivals in the world is held in Avignon. In fact, this festival takes place every year in July.
You’ll find performances everywhere throughout the city during the festival, and there is plenty of street theater on the streets of Avignon. For most kids, of course, this captures the imagination tremendously. For more information about the festival, take a look at the Festival d’Avignon website in English.
Where to stay in Avignon with kids?
You can spend a great night in Avignon with the family. The city has quite a few hotels suitable for families with kids, and several offer family rooms. We list below the top rated hotels in different price ranges. Click on the blue link for more information.
Budget hotel: Avignon Grand Hotel
Mid-range hotel: ibis Styles Avignon Sud
Luxury hotel: La Mirande
For a list of all accommodations in Avignon with kids, check here.